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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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It'll take a lot more than a protein shake to "bulk up and look like Arnold". Protein shakes do not bulk up anyone. Hard work in the weight room and testosterone will do that.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007, 12:45 PM

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Even now I'm confused. Some say it won't affect me and some say it will build me up. I guess whey protein is kind of like the coffee debate. Some people say coffee is healthy and others say it is unhealthy. Any thoughts?

Tuesday, July 31, 2007, 1:50 PM

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It's just milk protein, how could it possibly bulk you up? That's like saying too many green beans will bulk you up. They're just vegetables, carbs. It's all just food. You need to lift heavy and have testosterone on board, or you won't bulk up.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007, 2:00 PM

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for the final time. Protein shakes are ALL different.

Whey protein on it's own, in it's pure form, consumed in moderate amounts, will not bulk you up.

HOWEVER- whether or not you're getting long chain or short chain protein will matter. What else is in the protein powder will matter.

An abundance of protein powder will not make you bulk up like Arnold- no matter what kind. But, taking the wrong protein powder without proper activity can make you fatter because your body is storing what you're consuming. Therefore, see a retailer who knows what they're talking about.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007, 2:12 PM

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Ditto 2:12 above!

If it's whey protein with no additives, then you're fine. I believe it's about 120 calories and approx. 24g protein for 1 scoop.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007, 2:24 PM

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