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BANDOMOM1 SparkPoints: (3,254)
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1/23/13 3:18 P

I do an Herbal Life Chocolate shake when I simply cannot make dinner. I will blend the chocolate mix with a banana, C of soy milk and ice.. This shake replaces my dinner and keeps me full until snack time.

CALLMECARRIE Posts: 1,598
1/23/13 3:12 P

I've never felt the need for protein shakes. That stuff is expensive, and I'm exercising but I'm not a body-builder. Most of us need to develop healthy eating habits as we slim down, and drinking shakes as a substitute for meals doesn't teach you how to plan and create healthy meals. Personally I'd rather have an egg or a piece of turkey or some peanut butter....

ALORTA SparkPoints: (7,315)
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1/23/13 2:58 P

runningal435,
how much protein qualifies? Is there a number you're aiming for, or is it a general 'eat protein' without a minimum cutoff?
I do cardio in the mornings, then eat breakfast (usually a couple eggs, SSUp along with a bit of bread to dip in with ^_~) .

RUNNINGAL425 SparkPoints: (80,476)
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1/23/13 2:08 P

I only use them after a workout. Many times I run at work, then drive an hour home. Most research indicates that ingesting protein within 30 min of a hard workout helps muscles to recover, and waiting too long after that can have ill effects. So, if I eat lunch at 12:30, run from 5-6, then drive home, I am not eating until 7:30 or so.......for me, that is too long to not eat. I will drink a protein shake or have a high protein bar before the drive. It helps me to not be so ravenous that I eat the entire pantry and kitchen sink for dinner.

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
1/23/13 2:00 P

Better to eat real food.

I am always amazed to see people drinking calories, after years of hearing " don't drink your calories ".

Shakes and smoothies are just real food that you liquefied so that you body turns it into glucose faster. Now your body is awash in glucose, which the body can only use a little bit at a time. Don't worry though, your body has Insulin, which will store it as body fat.

Real, solid food digests slower, letting the body use it, instead of storing it.

So.... NO..lol

JESSAELINN SparkPoints: (17,454)
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1/23/13 1:46 P

I used a plant-based protein shake, and because it was too much, it made me have the farts really bad, and oh the tummy aches... I'm sure my body used the majority of the protein to build lean muscle as I was working out because I saw a huge improvement by drinking it for two weeks. But due to the intestinal issues I stopped because II knew it was still too much.

TACDGB Posts: 6,132
1/23/13 1:43 P

Don't use them as you don't need them. I use them because I am building serious muscles.

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
1/23/13 1:17 P

Doesn't sound like you need them.

They're for either getting enough protein in (which you're doing okay in anyway), or muscle recovery after workouts. Now, you can choose it as a post-workout muscle recovery drink, but also you could just have a simple glass of chocolate milk - that is an ideal post-workout drink too!

So no, I certainly wouldn't bother.

Protein shakes are a massive gimmick.

JENMC14 Posts: 2,707
1/23/13 12:25 P

Drinking a protein shake will not cause you to gain weight if you're staying in your calorie range. That being said, if you're meeting your protein needs through real foods and you're not actively trying to gain muscle mass (which I'm guessing you're not if you're eating at a deficit and going for fat loss) there's no reason to consume them unless you like them as a snack. They are not some "miracle" that will cause weight loss. They are a supplement.

KRISTEN_SAYS SparkPoints: (73,428)
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1/23/13 11:55 A

I vote no way! If you're able to consume enough protein, you don't need them. Even if you were struggling to consume enough protein, I still don't think they're necessary. Anyone who struggles to get enough protein in their diet just needs to make tweaks to each meal.

LOLAS18 SparkPoints: (45)
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1/23/13 11:45 A

Today i started my plan to get healthy. If there's anything that can help me get fit faster, i want to try it. But i don't know what to do about the protein shakes. I mean, i don't lack protein, and im afraid that if i drink those i will gain weight. What should i do??

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