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UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
1/21/13 1:16 P

That's not against anybody's grain. That's what protein powders are for.

SAMZA83 Posts: 211
1/21/13 10:15 A

I am going to go a bit against the grain here. I am vegetarian (pescaterian) and simply don't have the ability to eat big amounts of food at any given time, whether it is a protein or not. I tried and tried for about a year to eat the 60+ grams of protein required of me according to sparkpeople and always came at least 10 grams short.

I also have (and am soon to return) lived abroad a lot and some of those protein rich vegetarian foods are either way expensive or unavailable e.g Greek yogurt or chickpeas in a small(er) Russian city.

Protein powder, has made a world of difference and now between one serving a day in my breakfast smoothie (not too much to digest at once) plus what is available for me to eat here in the USA as a pescaterian and getting at least 90 grams a day---and it is showing big time in my weight loss efforts.

Mind you, because I have to be wheat-gluten free (diagnosed wheat/insulin sensitivities) I had to research my powder brand and selected "Garden of life" which is classified as vegan, gluten free and chemical free. I reccomend you get a sample and see how you like it, keeping in mind I always blend it with water, a small amount of fruit and often half a single serve of Greek yogurt.

BREWMASTERBILL SparkPoints: (31,080)
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1/21/13 10:06 A

What do you mean which is better? It is protein derived from two different sources. If you believe the incomplete vs. complete protein theory, whey might be your choice. If you prefer to get your protein from vegetarian sources, soy might be a better choice. Both have been shown to support the development of lean muscle mass.

SCUBAGAL07 Posts: 528
1/21/13 10:01 A

so which is better whey or soy? I never seem to get enough protien!

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1/21/13 9:52 A

Protein powders do NOT have steroids in them.

KRISTEN_SAYS SparkPoints: (73,366)
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1/20/13 12:50 P

Protein powders are unnecessary...I'm a vegetarian and I get 75g or more everyday without protein powder or protein bars. Try a banana or apple with peanut butter, plain greek yogurt with fresh or frozen fruit, cheese and crackers, or like another poster suggested, chocolate milk.

MOMMYOF2RN Posts: 566
1/19/13 11:23 P

Since day one my trainer has recommended that I use whey protein supplement after my workouts to repair my muscles, I drink one after my strength training days. Helps me stay fuller longer. Try to find one that is natural as possible. Good Luck!

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
1/19/13 9:51 P

The only purpose would be if you find that you aren't meeting your protein requirements through regular food, and can't find a way to do that.

If you're meeting protein through food, there is no purpose to whey protein powders for you.

Always finish up a hard strength session with a protein/carb mix to help the muscles heal. A glass of ordinary chocolate milk is often touted as the ideal post-workout snack. "Protein shakes" are a marketing gimmick and unnecessary.

KDANNER31 SparkPoints: (131)
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1/19/13 9:29 P

Hello, I am new to this site. I am on weight loss goal of 50lbs.....I starting a couple of weeks ago at the gym, doing cardio 3 to 4 times a week (treadmill, elipitical, expresso bike I switch it up every other day, and of course with weights.....I also plan to start walking once the weather is nicer....my question is, what is the purpose of using whey protein....the once that I was looking at has 100 cals.... the ones that I have looked at has steroids and cretein...I did find one that did not have steroids and cretein.....not interested in gaining muscle, want to tone and slim down.....

so any information that anybody has will be welcome.......

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