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8/7/11 9:14 A

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I know the protein shots you are talking about and I've had them. They are like drinking a little shot of koolaid. There's nothing wrong with them IMO. I used them right after a lifting session alongside an apple or some other complex carb. Protein that's fast is sometimes an issue when you've got a busy life and who doesn't? I'm sure other sources are healthier but I think throwing some of those shots into your gym bag isn't gonna kill ya. Try it if you want to and see what you think. Everybody's different.

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8/5/11 4:16 P

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Sounds like you're doing fine to me. I find that when I exercise in the afternoon, having some Greek Yogurt with Blueberries (my favorite fruit besides Mangoes) a few hours before helps power me through. I follow it up with dinner and do all right.

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8/5/11 10:31 A

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This is one of my biggest areas of concern - what to eat when. I've heard eat light carbs (fruit or a granola bar) prior to a workout and then load up on protein/carbs after a workout.

I usually workout late at night (between 9-11) so my eating for the day is pretty well done and I have enough of everything to sustain a pretty long workout. However, I do use a recovery drink after a HARD workout to abate extreme soreness (I use 1/2 serving of P90X recovery drink).

So my question to those of you who are experienced in this, do I need to be doing something different?


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8/5/11 9:03 A

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I also work out before eating in the morning. I do tank up on some water before and during my lifting. Lately, I've been taking BCAA before lifting and then drinking a Protein Smoothie - Greek Yogurt with a scoop of Protein Powder, Chocolate Hemp Powder (for flavor), and ground Flax Seed. I drink this right after my workout. Calorie wise, it's not bad and is in the form that your muscles can utilize quicker than eating an egg right after a work out.

I follow the smoothie with a meal about 90 minutes later. That's the time I need to get cleaned up and breakfast done.

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8/4/11 10:31 P

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Protein shakes and stuff have calories.. we don't need them lol.. Lean protein and complex carbs keep me more satisified.. Protein shakes are like baby food to me, take alot of calories than am hungry again..
I need solid food, real food is also cheaper than going through all the products to find one that doesn't cause GERD also..

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7/13/11 5:54 A

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I'm not normally a big pudding fan, but I've found mixing up a package of the sugar free fat free jello with two scoops of protein has been a quick way for me to make a couple snacks.

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5/21/11 11:08 A

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the shots are fine in a pinch, IMO, but w/ a little planning you can do it on your own (shota are kinda pricey)
I keep a tiny rubbermaid covered container of my protein powder in my car for a post workout shake. I put either almond milk or water in a shaker cup and mix them on the ride home post lifting. If I'm really organized I have a serving of carbs in my car too(usually a zippy bag of a handful of berries) since you want a little carbs alongside the protein.
I also do a lowish carb diet most of the time, but on lift days I deliberately insert some carbs 1 hour to an hour and a half ahead of lift. My stomach also can be uppity with food pre workout, but I only eat 5-10 strawberries and a slice of millet(gluten free bread) and it really aids my energy for the lift and I'm not ready to chew my arm off post lift. I usually tote nuts and jerky in my car for on the go protein since they don't go rancid in the heat.Usually just a serving with water will get me to my next real meal. HTH! : )

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5/20/11 2:52 P

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Oh! I see. That makes more sense.
How about some hard boiled eggs, or some jerky, or a protein shake (put the stuff in your shaker bottle and add water after the workout).

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5/20/11 2:31 P

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I should clarify! I was doing legs one day, chest/triceps another day, back/biceps another day, core another day. So each part got worked only once weekly since I'm at the gym only 5 days a week. It's on the way to my job, about 20 minutes away (halfway to work), so I don't go on the weekends. I just walk with my family on the weekends, and try to relax (...) a bit.

The protein shots, anyhow, are tempting only in that they provide that protein right after working out. But I'm just leary. I'm glad I'm not the only one who is.

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5/20/11 1:02 P

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Yeah. I would avoid the protein shot also.

Ummm... you said you were only working out ONE body part per week? I am currently doing split routeines but I believe that you should do one (or more) body parts per DAY, so that you end up working your entire body one time per week...

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5/20/11 12:52 P

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You may find this info helpful:
http://buildmusclegains.com/415/exercisi
ng-on-an-empty-stomach-eating-before-e
xercise/
and Google Jay Robb Whey Protein Isolate

Best to you on your journey! I personally would stay away from that protein shot...

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5/20/11 12:32 P

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I'm trying to build a proper and organized strength routine. I like BNS's advice regarding splits -- I always end up working one body section a week and haven't made gains. I'm going back to basics. So, my question is about post-lifting nutrition. I tend to workout on an empty stomach to avoid tummy concerns, but by the time I'm out of the shower and on the way to work, I'm ravenous. I avoid carbs in general (Atkins-ish, 20 or less, mostly fiber based), so I'm always looking for good sources of protein on the go. My local Discount Drug Mart and Wal-Mart have started carrying these protein shots that contain 36 grams of protein in one somewhat icky tasting serving. They come in a hilariously phallic looking container (seriously, my husband raised an eyebrow and asked "What the...?") It's a clear liquid with "berry" flavor/color. They're not terribly expensive, about $2.50 each. What do you gals know about these? Are they worth the expense? I kinda get the feeling they're a waste and I should just cook some eggs and tupperware them before leaving for the gym and eating them at work. But anything "on the go" is a temptation for me since I'm disgustingly busy.

Sorry for the long post. Thanks for your help!

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