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Post workout protein shakes- good? bad? necessary?

Answered on March 29, 2014
Created March 29, 2014 at 1:06 AM

I've always been told its necessary to have a nice big ol protein shake after my workouts. I usually had gold standard whey. During Whole Life Challenge, whey and soy were not allowed. Now that the challenge is done, I've reintroduced protein shakes. I've been taking EAS lean pre-made shakes, but they have a ton of unnatural, unpronounceable ingredients - I'd rather not have anything than take pea protein (worst thing I've ever tasted). How necessary is it to have a recovery shake and what is the best protein to take for a 24 year old female looking to lose fat and gain muscle..?? Thank you for your help!!!

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on March 29, 2014
at 05:55 AM

One of the study of Medicine and Science in sports and Science found that one scoop of whey protein prior to work out helps in burning over more calories in 24 hours. Also recent research suggest that ingesting proteins and amino acids before the training may be more beneficial. Taking protein before work-out is more beneficial for low carb diet.

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It sounds like you're taking a diet that provides a high amount of quality protein and supplementing it with calories from cheap processed protein on top, ingested right after you just burned calories.

As some here are getting close to 150-200g of protein in a day without even hitting 1500 calories, I don't see a need to supplement at all. If anything, a large portion of us could use a slight reduction.

You could try BCAA's before your workout for better endurance (something like BioSteel's sport drink), followed by a meal, but I wouldn't switch meals out with pea extract. Eat some real protein, like from fresh wild seafood, or a grass-fed animal / pastured dairy, or some organic nuts / seeds / beans.

Maybe look into a kale shake.

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