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ANARIE Posts: 13,205
8/12/13 2:56 P


What state do you live in? In most of the US, it's illegal for chiropractors to sell nutrition-related products. (And worldwide, it's considered unethical. Medical practitioners are not supposed to sell products.)

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
8/12/13 1:55 P

i get mine from my chiropractor. I know what he sells is 100 green fed cows, cold pressed and no sugar and no soy. may be more expensive than the more popular brands you can get at GNC (which I will never go to since they couldn't answer any of my questions)

LOTUS737 Posts: 4,665
8/12/13 1:52 P

I do have a protein shake on some days as my post-workout 'snack.' I prefer optimum whey protein, but most are the same- you can find all natural brands as well. I like how quick & easy it is to mix up and love the protein boost. I flavor it with matcha powder, pb2, and/or fresh fruit, so I buy the vanilla flavor. It doesn't target tummy fat though I wish it did! :P As others have said, you just have to keep working out & eating properly to get results (everywhere).

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
8/12/13 1:33 A

I could not have said it any better than JENNILACEY.

Why would you drink nasty protein shakes, when you can have a delicious serving of meat/fish/ or fowl, depending on your preference, or even eggs, beans, nuts,or cheese. Even most veggies have some protein, so just have 10 servings if you want to have enough protein. You won't get gas, and it will taste a LOT better.

AKDENIZ89 Posts: 89
8/12/13 1:21 A

As long as you have a caloric deficit, you will lose weight. Fat and/or weight loss is not dependent on what or when you eat.

If you cannot get enough protein through nutrition, whey or casein can be great supplements - whether it be fat loss or mass gain (you will have to adjust your usage of course). However, if you are not protein deficient nutrition-wise, you do not really need these.

That aside, I follow a low-carb fat-loss plan and personally use whey right after my ST, which corresponds to dinner. I do not favor whey for calorie reasons at all. I do not feel very hungry after intense training, but muscles yearn for nutrition for proper muscle recovery (and I am already in a caloric deficit that can easily lead to lean mass loss). So, I mix one scoop of whey with 300 ml water for quick absorption and eat one banana to replenish my energy (I do not add the banana to whey for a smoothie, but chew and taste it for increased satisfaction).

TJANDJESS Posts: 672
8/11/13 4:11 A

I've been using Jarrows brand (18g protein, 105 calories, 5 carbs) but I'm going to switch to pure protein because it's higher in protein and lower in carbs.
I have to disagree with the previous posters. I've always carried extra weight around my middle (a genetic predisposition). That is until I started doing a low carb diet last year. The weight just melted off my midsection.
Then this year I had my daughter two months ago and using a low carb diet I've lost 11lbs, 5 inches from my waist, and 2 inches from my hips in two months!

LULUCALLY SparkPoints: (18,546)
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8/6/13 9:13 P

Great info. Thanks all.

KAYAHSLOANE1 Posts: 10,551
8/5/13 1:00 A

I'm about to start on ARIA Protein Powder because I need extra protein in my diet according to my Doctor if I'm going to keep up my 2-3 hours of exercise a day~

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8/4/13 11:23 P

I use whey protein isolate, and that is because I'm looking moreso to build muscle than to lose weight. I only add it to a shake (really, just frozen bananas and whole milk) that I drink post workout because at that time, in this form is it more biologically available for the muscles and therefore optimal immediately post workout.

That being said, I go for Jay Robb's unflavored whey protein isolate. Bovine growth hormone free, and it doesn't have any sweeteners or other garbage in it. Many out there have sucralose (which makes me ill) and other sugars added which isn't needed.

ANARIE Posts: 13,205
8/3/13 7:28 P

One other comment: If you do decide you HAVE to use a protein powder for a while, be sure you buy one that is sold as a food, not a supplement. Products sold as food have to contain exactly what the label says, and the facilities that make them have to be able to pass inspection at any moment. If the product is defective, they have to recall it immediately.

None of those laws apply to supplements. Truth in labeling laws don't apply to supplements, inspection is at the will of the state (and most manufacturers deliberately locate in states that don't inspect), and if it turns out that there's something wrong with the product, the government can only *ask* the company to recall it, pretty please. There have been problems with contaminated supplements (high levels of lead, in particular, but also bacteria, miscellaneous chemicals, and sometimes medicines), and if you're harmed by one, you can't even sue because there are no laws to file under. There are even more cases where the $20 jar of "whey protein isolate" is actually just low-quality instant dry milk that you could get for $4 in the grocery store.

So be sure that what looks like a nutrition label really is. It should say "Nutrition facts." If it says "Supplement facts," there's no way of knowing what's actually in that package.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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8/3/13 5:49 P

Things you eat won't target belly fat. Taking a protein supplement to lose belly fat is a little like drinking a coke to lose thigh fat. ;) The two have no relation to each other. Fat loss is a total-body process, and where you lose is largely determined by genetics. Not the exercise you do, not the foods you eat.

Reducing stress is about the only thing you can do for belly fat; the more stressed you are, the more likely you are to hold fat there. Learning to reduce and cope with stress can help slow that process... but it still won't make you lose weight in your belly. :)

Want to lose belly fat? Eat less than you burn, burn calories, full-body strength train, and wait.

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (12,344)
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8/3/13 5:21 P

I prefer all natural egg whites powder.

EXOTEC Posts: 3,327
8/3/13 3:53 P

I like Designer Whey™ brand - I buy the plain or vanilla and add DaVinci sugar-free flavorings.
Other than that, I just try to eat REAL, whole, foods in balance with my nutritional plan.
Works for me.

ANARIE Posts: 13,205
8/3/13 3:33 P

Nothing you add to your food "gets rid of fat." You get rid of fat by controlling your calories. For most people, protein powders make that harder, not easier. Protein from food is more satisfying/satiating, so it makes calorie control easier, PLUS it comes along with all the other nutrients in a whole food.

Using protein powder to hit your protein targets is kind of like using bleached flour to hit your carb targets. Technically it lets you say you've hit your number, but it misses the point of having that number in the first place. Nutritional targets for macronutrients aren't really about that particular nutrient. They recommend that you get X amount of carbs because then you're probably getting enough fiber and a variety of vitamins. They recommend that you get X amount of protein because then you're probably getting enough B vitamins, iron, etc. It's a good way to make it more likely that you get those nutrients without having to count every one of them. When you use powder instead of food, you're circumventing that system.

Analyze what you eat, and figure out why you're not getting enough protein from your food. It may be as simple as making a smoothie with milk instead of juice, switching from a sugary breakfast cereal to a less-sweetened, higher-protein brand, adding some beans to a salad instead of cheese, etc.

KENDILYNN SparkPoints: (22,924)
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8/3/13 2:21 P

I just posted a similar question about whey versus soy versus other plant-based sources. I'm curious to see what answers you get.

CUDA440 SparkPoints: (87,055)
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8/3/13 12:26 P

I use designer whey vanilla. I DON'T use the scoop that comes in the container, I only use about 2 TBS.
I use it just to boost my protein in the morning, in a shake.


JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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8/3/13 11:56 A

None. Why? Because I get plenty of protein from the foods I eat.

No, it doesn't. You can't target fat loss. You lose abdominal fat by lowering your overall body fat percentage.

LULUCALLY SparkPoints: (18,546)
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8/3/13 11:43 A

I just read that a blend of casein and whey protein is best for getting rid of hard belly fat. Has anyone tried this? What do you use, and why?

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