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Whey protein....good for weight loss?

I'm always confused when it comes to protein shakes. My guy friends tell me that you should only drink protein shakes if you want to bulk up and look like Arnold. But then I see shows like "Work Out," and the thin waifs are drinking shakes for breakfast. I usually have one mid day to energize me before I go to the gym. Is this good if I want to lose weight (as in fat.) Also, is it alright to drink shakes any time, or is it only acceptable if it is after a workout?

Tue. Jul 31, 11:03am

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Your guy friends are right.

The waifs are drinking protein shakes because they want to be waifs with a little muscle.

Only supplement with protein if you're not getting enough from your regular food. 50g a day is considered a minimum, 70-80g is good for most of us, proponents of high-protein diets will insist on a minimum of 100g.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007, 11:07 AM

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I partially agree, although I'd add that it's difficult to get enough protein only from food. Supplementing helps in that process.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007, 11:30 AM

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All "protein drinks" are not created equally. Some are best before a work out, some are best after- it will depend on if it's a protein isolate, or a basic protein shake. Further, some protein drinks are primarily protein, while some are a balance of protein, carbs and fat and work more as meal replacement than just protien supplementation. There are "gainers" that will have 1000 calories per serving.

Besides that there are rice protein, soy protein, hemp protein, cassien protein and egg protein powder options. Your best bet is to go to a store with knowledgeable staff and speak to them.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007, 11:47 AM

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It has worked great for me. I am a vegetarian and was not getting enough protein without a powder (soy & whey, in my case) supplement. You can mix it into all sorts of things, like cereal and pancakes -- it doesn't have to be in a shake. And it does keep one from getting hungry.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007, 12:24 PM

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11:30am - it's only hard to get enough protein if you're some form of vegetarian.

1oz meat or fish or cheese = 7g protein
1 egg = 6-8g protein
1 egg white = 4g protein
1/2 cup beans = 7g protein
8oz milk = 8g protein
2 slices of whole wheat bread or 2oz pasta = 5-7g protein

Basically, if you're eating a balanced diet that includes 6oz meat/cheese and an 8oz serving of milk or yogurt or the soy equivalent, your requirements are met (that's 50g from obvious protein sources plus another ~20g from grains, veggies, etc).

Tuesday, July 31, 2007, 12:29 PM

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