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suhollyberry
07-20-2006, 10:01 AM
Anyone drink this after working out? I just bought it yesterday from GNC. I don't want to gain any weight (in fact, I want to lose weight) so I'm going to account for the extra cals in the protein.

For those that drink protein shakes...benefits? effects on weight loss? recipes?

Thanks!

Brandy
07-20-2006, 10:13 AM
I use it almost everyday. I make protein shakes with frozen strawberries, protein powder and fat free milk. I usually count it as a meal. :D

Artisan
07-20-2006, 11:44 AM
I've always been afraid of taking the whey protein for fear of weight gain. After a lot of convincing from my son I started on it. I've actually lost weight since starting it, but I must mention I've also increased my training.

caligurl
07-20-2006, 12:30 PM
i did for a while... but i couldn't afford the extra calories... and i can't just have a shake for a meal.... i'm starving again in an hour! i need healthy food with substance.... that "stays" with me a while!

Tiffanie
07-20-2006, 01:01 PM
I've been using it for quite awhile - most often right after a weightlifting session. I'll make it a full meal though, usually using NF milk, peanut butter, banana and a scoop of protein. With all of that, it definitely fills me up.

If I know I won't be home right after a workout, I'll bring a scoop with me to the gym and just add water to it before I head out.

It's really good for muscle recovery.

Oh, I always add it to my oatmeal, too - with freeze dried strawberries. YUM!!

caligurl
07-20-2006, 01:04 PM
i tried adding it to my oatmeal once... it turned it into the NASTIEST consistency.... yuck! lol!

ya... for those of you can can be filled up with a shake... that's great! but i really need something like oatmeal.... or my kashi cereal for brekky!

(but then.... even with my riding and workouts... i'm REALLY limited on the calories i can eat... which is probably why i'm one of the few people that GAINED weight after i started riding! *mad*)

chickwhorips
07-20-2006, 02:14 PM
i did a web search for recipes one time and i could believe how many showed up. i found a great one, but of course i didn't write it down or save the link.

it was something like this though:
1 cup milk
1 scoop chocolate whey protein
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
add some ice cubes and blend.

i would have a baked potato with it and call it a meal. i can't have all that protein on an empty stomach, i get such a bad tummy ache.

my bf made one with oatmeal one time, it was super good but can't find that recipe either. sorry.

Tiffanie
07-20-2006, 02:15 PM
i tried adding it to my oatmeal once... it turned it into the NASTIEST consistency.... yuck! lol!

I think it depends on the brand. I had one that did that but the kind I use now is pretty smooth - no chunks. ewwwwww!! :D

caligurl
07-20-2006, 02:19 PM
I think it depends on the brand. I had one that did that but the kind I use now is pretty smooth - no chunks. ewwwwww!! :D

lol, tiffanie! i didn't have chunks... it was just so thick and.... well.. not smooth.... the consistency was WEIRD!!!!!

i loves me my oatmeal too much to mess with it (i'm eating oatmeal as i type! lol!)

i did like the flavor.... i'd have it mixed with light soy milk... it was chocolate.. so like drinking choco milk.... i just really, really couldn't afford those extra calories without cutting out something else during the day... and i didn't have anywhere else to cut back at! :(

cusepack
07-20-2006, 04:08 PM
I've been using whey protein for years and love it. It's incredibly beneficial for muscle recovery and absolutely helps with weight loss. Presently I use Optimum Nutriition 100% Whey Gold Standard, Rocky Road - yummy:) It's sold in many different flavors and is dee-lish as far as protein powders go - believe me, I've tried a bunch, and this is by far the best.

Calories: 120
Fat: 1g
Carbs: 3g
Sugars: 1g
Protein: 24g

and . . .it's about $14 for a 2 lb. container

Honestly, I just mix it with water in a shaker bottle and drink it down with my supplements. I do not consider it a meal, rather I use it as a snack. I may have a few low-fat grain crackers with it. I do not eat red meat, so for me, getting enough amino acids for recovery comes from the whey protein.

You can also purchase whey protein powders that are considered meal replacement powders (MRP's) which contain higher percentages of fat and carbs which will "hold" you.

emily_in_nc
07-20-2006, 05:19 PM
I use a scoop of vanilla whey protein (Vitamin World brand) every morning in my cereal. It sweetens things up nicely and tastes great (to me). I figure it helps balance the carb-heavy meal without adding that many calories. Without it, cereal just doesn't stick to my ribs long enough (I have fast metabolism, lucky me).

Emily

WrensMom
07-20-2006, 08:12 PM
ORIGINAL: caligurl
i tried adding it to my oatmeal once... it turned it into the NASTIEST consistency.... yuck! lol!

Oh gag, you just gave me a flashback moment to when that same thing happened to me:eek: I was trying to get more protein (when I was pregnant) and I put a scoop of protein powder in my oatmeal--icky, icky, nasty! I dumped the whole bowl.

Brandy
07-20-2006, 08:46 PM
Oatmeal+protein powder is yummy!!! I use the strawberry banana flavor with my old fashioned oats and add frozen strawberries. It takes tweaking to get the consistency right, but I have it down now.

Bikingmomof3
07-21-2006, 05:13 AM
I have used GNC's 100% whey protein powder for a long time. I use it in smoothies, recipes, and a protein pudding-which is delicious. The pudding recipe: 1 box sugar free, fat free pudding, 2 cups fat free milk, 2 scoops protein powder. Blend until smooth. Makes 4 servings. Chill and eat plain, with some walnuts or 2 tbsp fat-free cool whip-for a mousse tecxture. I count it as a meal and usually have it after a workout. I have been using this product for a 1 1/2-started when I decided i shed my execess weight and gain lean muscle mass. I have shed 65 pounds of fat, gained leaned muscle and rid myselfe of 64" overall. :D

emily_in_nc
07-21-2006, 06:03 PM
Awesome, Jennifer! You rock!!! Congratulations on your many healthy accomplishments!

I am glad you posted since several of the earlier posters to this thread indicated that they avoid protein powder because it adds additional calories. Well, yes, that's true, but it's high-quality protein; something many athletes (and yes, we are athletes here!) don't get enough of. It's also a low-fat protein source. So, I think it's great stuff and add it to quite a few foods. We add it to pancake mixes, oatmeal, muffins, and Endurox recovery drink for after a workout. It's really not something that should cause weight gain, so long as you don't go overboard.

Emily

Bikingmomof3
07-21-2006, 09:27 PM
Thank you Emily. We also use it in whole wheat pancakes, muffins, and smoothies.

Pascale
07-22-2006, 04:54 AM
Ok, as a disclaimer I will say that I am a distributor for nutritional supplements, including protein shakes, but this is what I do know about protein shakes. Wellness and weight management is my focus - I am not trying to promote my own line here - I am here to learn from all of YOU! :o

Protein only adds about 20 calories for each 6 grams - so if it is high-quality low fat protein source, it shouldn't be a huge concern. Whey protein is a fast-acting protein and will be assimilated into your body quickly (making you feel full quickly). Soy-based protein is a long-acting protein, which makes you feel fuller longer (so it's GREAT for weight-loss).

Most American women are protein deficient - although the RDA says we should have something like 40-50 grams of protein a day, that's simply to keep you alive, lol - optimal for women is 75-125 grams of lean protein a day (1 gram of protein for each lb of lean body mass). Remmember that protein builds muscle - and muscle burns 14 calories per lb, while fat burns 2 calories per pound.

My favorite shake recipe is taking my vanilla soy shake powder to 8 oz of soy milk in a blender, adding about one scoop (6 grams) of the soy/whey additive and a cup of FROZEN blueberries and blending it - I swear it's better than a Dairy Queen shake - it's cold and thick and really has to be eaten with a spoon - and since blueberries are one of the highest quality sources of antioxidants, it's SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good for you!

Dogmama
07-22-2006, 07:42 PM
As an addendum to the above post - whey protein is best taken after exercise because it is quickly assimilated. Casein protein is assimilated more slowly and is better for a mid-afternoon snack (e.g., cottage cheese with sliced strawberries and a little splenda - my current fav.)

I put a dash of vanilla whey protein in my water bottle with Cytomax. It tastes like a smoothie and helps retain/build muscle mass, as the protein is used by the muscles during exercise. I also take a bottle of regular water for normal hydration.

weathergal
07-23-2006, 12:57 PM
Does anyone know if any protein powder brands sell trial sizes of their product? I have trouble tolerating powdered drink mixes due to a bad experience with SlimFast in my teens. Last time I tried some whey powder it reminded me too much of that, and I ended up tossing most of it. I'd like to try again with another brand or flavor, but am leary about spending the money and then having it go to waste.

Dogmama
07-23-2006, 03:29 PM
Try a health food store. Sometimes they'll have small packets of whey protein.

weathergal
07-26-2006, 10:44 AM
Thanks for the tip. I'll have to make a trip over to Garden City or Wichita soon, since the only place we have in this town is GNC, and they don't have samples.

CycleTherapy
07-26-2006, 10:57 AM
Speaking of Whey protein.....

Just made this smoothie recipe for a Mocha Protein Smoothie. It tasted like a Starbuck's Mocha Frappuccino. I gave up coffee/caffeine 6 months ago, so I substituted Cafix (an organic coffee-substitute) for the 1/2 cup coffee. It's easy and tastes great.

* 1/2 cup coffee or herbal coffee substitute, already prepared/brewed
* 1/2 cup organic frozen yogurt. low-fat or non-fat
* 1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder. I use Uni-Pro's Perfect Protein.
* 2-4 ice cubes

Bikingmomof3
07-26-2006, 11:11 AM
Speaking of Whey protein.....

Just made this smoothie recipe for a Mocha Protein Smoothie. It tasted like a Starbuck's Mocha Frappuccino. I gave up coffee/caffeine 6 months ago, so I substituted Cafix (an organic coffee-substitute) for the 1/2 cup coffee. It's easy and tastes great.

* 1/2 cup coffee or herbal coffee substitute, already prepared/brewed
* 1/2 cup organic frozen yogurt. low-fat or non-fat
* 1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder. I use Uni-Pro's Perfect Protein.
* 2-4 ice cubes

I am going to try this, it sounds delicious. :)

Dogmama
08-05-2006, 03:04 AM
I've been doing a lot of nutrition reading yesterday (on pub med & peer reviewed articles - not Bubba's Get Muscled Now Blogs) and this is what I've found.

Protein apparently takes more calories to just digest than carbs or fat. So the thermogenic affect of eating protein is greater than for any other food source.

One article took two groups of women, kept their calorie expenditure the same but fed one group a high protein, low carb low fat diet & the other group a high carb, low protein, low fat diet. The high protein group lost more weight and retained more muscle than the low protein group all other things being equal..

None of these studies were sponsored by Atkins or other high protein gurus.

A problem with protein is that it can cause your body to become more acid. In an attempt to correct that balance, your body will release substances that are base, i.e., calcium from your bones. Vegetables & fruit, however, are base. So, if you combine those with your meats (think salad with cooked chicken breasts or cottage cheese with fruit) the two will balance out. Disclaimer - I did not see as many believable articles on this theory, but have heard for years that high protein diets make your bones brittle. In any case, the two food combinations are certainly healthy, add good carbs to your diet and if you keep the fat content down, will probably aid in weight loss.