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Will protein shakes give me better results with intense resistance training without a proper diet?

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Protein shakes will give your results no matter what you eat but I have heard that you shouldnt eat fattening foods or sweets after working out because it will slow down the process of breaking down the muscle or rebuilding it. I'm not sure if its true but I heard something like that. If you eat a healthy diet than your muscles will be more visible because you wont have fat over them.  (+ info)

I do workout(resistance training) and running on Threadmill. Do I burn carbohydrates or protein when I do this

I goto 24 Hour Fitness Center 4 days a week. I do some resistance training(35-40)mins and running for 10 mins. My goal is burning fat and also building muscle at the same time. Is it possible?. I want to be sure that I only burn extra fat in my body not my muscles, as if I burn my existing muscle it better for me to stop doing all this. Please advice me on this, how to burn only fat and also build muscle.

Also should I eat protein bar on the day I goto fitness center, or can I eat protein bar when ever I wish?.

Another question is, presently I am able to lift more weights than I did a month ago. Does it really mean that I built more muscle or its just that my body got used to the traning. I cannot see any physical difference in my biseps or calf muscle.

If your body has carbohydrates available, that will be the preferred fuel for your muscles. Don't worry about the protein bar. If you get enough protein in your food, you are fine. If you're not sure, the protein bar is OK. Make sure that an hour or two before you work out you get a mix of carbohydrates in your system (simple and complex) and you will have no problems.

As you enter the aerobic regime, you will begin to burn fat. You need to run a little longer to do this - try running 20 minutes instead of 10.

Your biceps and calves don't respond to weight training with much "size." Your pectorals, thighs, and triceps do.

Remember that if you are lifting for high weight capacity (10-8-6 reps or even less) you are half training your brain to twitch higher percentages of the muscle, and you are not building big muscles. If you bump up the reps (3x15, 3x12, or 12-10-8, that type of thing) you are putting a lot of work onto your muscles and they will respond by building up. They are both legitimate, but it sounds like you are trying high weights and you should not expect that to build bulk muscle quickly.  (+ info)

I only use my resistance bands & do push ups is it a good idea to use gold standard 100% whey protein?

No , won't work  (+ info)

Whey Protein side effects - natural protein resistance?

Has anyone ever heard that taking whey protein can cause an inability to metabolize natural protein and cause like an immunity or resistance?
Thanks Matt.

I also had this same thought and was unable to find anything to suggest otherwise. Someone mentioned this to me so I was curious :)

I have never heard this and it doesn't really make any sense.

Whey protein IS a "natural protein" -- it's a by-product of cheese making from cow's milk. Whey occurs naturally in all cows milk, although when you purchase whey in a store, it has been concentrated down, isolated, or hydrolyzed to make it more protein-dense and quickly digested.

Indeed, whey protein is one of the most easily digested proteins available and it has a complete amino acid profile.

You cannot develop a "resistance" or "immunity" to whey protein because it's not a pathogen. Some individuals may have problems digesting whey protein, but that usually is a problem with residual lactose in the mixture, and not because of the whey itself. If you are lactose intolerant, you need to look for a whey protein that is lactose free or includes lactase digestive enzymes. I'm personally lactose intolerant, and Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey works great for me (not all of them did.)

Finally, realize that whey protein is not a drug or anabolic steroid -- it's a food product. Unless you have kidney disease (which high protein diets can aggravate), there should be no side effects to pure whey protein. If that's not the case for you, check the label to make sure the manufacturer is not adding other supplements like creatine, which might cause a reaction.

Best of luck!  (+ info)

when to drink whey protein during resistance/strength training??

I like to move my workouts around a lot. Some days I will do resistance traning, and others i will do strength/mass training.

Anyways, when should i take my whey protein drink? I would take it with water.

I know that muscles are more ripped during strength and maxed exercises than in resistance, so when should I take it for RESISTANCE and STRENGTH??

Also, what would be a good example of a simple carb? Cookies/some other junk food? And how many carbs should that be, approximately?

Regardless of whether you are training for mass, strength or endurance, timing of meals around your workout is key. The good news is that in all three cases, your approach should be the same.

Overall, you should be aiming to consume 1.5 - 2 grams of protein per pound of lean body mass, spread out as evenly as possible over the day.

That said, there are four key times during the day that you need to make sure you have plenty of protein as well as the right carbohydrates.

1.) In the morning when you wake up. Your first meal should be a scoop or two of whey protein. Whey is quickly digested so it's ideal for consumption in the morning, when your body needs quick fuel. Remember, you basically just fasted for eight hours. In terms of carbohydrates, go with a combination of faster and slower digesting carbs. So a good meal source would be oatmeal with some sliced bananas.

2.) 45 minutes before your workout. You want to have protein circulating in your system during training. Again, because whey is quickly digested, have around 20 grams of whey protein prior to your workout. Include some complex carbs as well. Again, a small bowl of oatmeal or an apple is ideal.

3.) Immediately after your workout. Consume 20-40 grams of whey as soon as you are done working out, along with some simple carbs. The best post workout carbs are glucose tablets or maltodextrin/dextrose powder, because they are very quickly digested and cause a rapid spike in blood sugar.

Another overlooked simple carb is Rice Chex (eat it dry, not with milk which will slow down digestion.)

If you use gainer protein powders, this would be the time to take them. They are usually high in high-glycemic carbs like dextrose or maltodextrin -- which normally you want to avoid --but during the 30-45 minute window after your workout, the body needs these sugars to drive nutrients into the muscle.

This is the one time of the day that you can eat high-glycemic carbs without the worry of it being stored as fat. Avoid cookies, cakes and sweet junk food because it's overly processed and often filled with trans-fats and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Same goes for that post-workout staple Gatorade, which also contains HFCS. Other foods to avoid during this window include fats and fiberous carbs (so oatmeal and apples would NOT be a good choice 30-60 minutes after your workout.) The fats and fiber slow down carb digestion.

Other simple carbs that you can eat during this time include baked potatos, white rice, cream of rice, white bread. Fruit is NOT an ideal choice as a post-workout carb because fructose ("fruit sugar") is very low-glycemic compared to other sugars. So it's not digested quickly and does not significantly raise insulin levels. Also, fructose is converted into liver glycogen, not muscle glycogen. Muscle glycogen is what you need immediately after resistance training.

4.) Right before bed. Here's when you want to skip the whey and go for something that digests more slowly. The best choice is a cup of lowfat cottage cheese, which can literally take 6-7 hours to completely digest. This means that during the night, you'll have a steady supply of protein. Skip the carbs during this meal.

In between these key times, eat whole food sources of protein, like lean chicken, turkey, beef, pork or eggs, as well as beans and low-fat dairy.

Best of luck!  (+ info)

Whats the difference between whey protein shakes and slimfast shakes?

I know the whay protein I have is around 120 cals per serving but I use with a small amount of low fat milk so maybe 160cals. How many calories in slimfast?

If I want to lose around 14lbs in 5-6weeks how is best to use whey protein?

I do A LOT of exercise 5 times a week. Jogging, skipping, horse riding, martial arts, yoga, tai chi, and resistance/body weight work.

Im 25 years old, female, 5'4 and 58kgs(maybe 57kgs).
I plan to eat a largish breakfast after a workout and fruit and nuts snacks through the day. One protein shake, a yogart and some hot chocolate at night.

Please advise me.

I don't think it would hurt for you to take whey protein, but I am not sure it will give you any additional benefits than just eating what you've already mentioned. You sound like you are not concerned about gaining muscle, but only wish to lose 14lbs. Why don't you eat low-calorie dinners including fish and veggies? Why don't you lower the breakfast amount and eat a small lunch in addition? 3 low-cal meals a day with two fruit and nut snacks in between sounds like a much better plan to me. With all the exercise you get, it shouldn't be too hard to keep the intake calories lower than the burning ones.  (+ info)

How much protein should i have in my post workout meal after exercising on an elliptical?

I burn typically 500 calories and have a medium amount of resistance on it.
I also do some weight training like the hip abductor/adductor, 4 reps of 20.

ideal amount of protein after?

About 20-30 grams of Whey protein . Some good protein filled post workout ideas would be : Muscle Milk, EAS Myoplex, Oh Yeah! Protein Shakes, Whey Protein Shakes, Or just a good big old cold glass of Chocolate Milk or Regular Milk, Chocolate Milk should be better for you since you just got off an elliptical for 500 calories and your glycogen stores are begging for sugar and then just mix in some Whey Protein with the Milk and you should be fine ! !  (+ info)

How much protein should you eat the day after you workout?

I already know about eating before and after you workout; however, my question is: the day after an intense resistance training workout, is it still important to keep a somewhat high protein intake while your muscles recover?

You always want to aid with tissue repair by consuming high quality whey products. You can get a lot of protein from whole foods, but it is helpful to consume a chemical free whey protein.  (+ info)

How much protein is too much protein?

I work out every single day, alternating resistance training and cardio. I eat a lot of beef and a lot of 30 gram protein bars. But I push my limits every single day and try to build as much muscle as I can.

But is there such a thing as too much protein? How many protein bars should be my limit in a single day?

Of course there's such a thing as too much protein. You can kill yourself drinking too much water too. Protein overload can harm your kidneys, as well as lead to gout or cholesterol problems.

Go to the second link below to see how much protein you need. The recommended amount for an adult man is 0.84g/kg of body weight. (One kilogram equals 2.2 pounds. 454 grams are contained in one pound.) You can adjust the 0.84 up a bit, maybe to 1.00, since you're so active.

So all you need to do is find your weight in kilograms and multiply by 1.00 to give you the number of grams of protein you need per day.

Please eat your fresh fruits and vegetables too. Your body needs more than protein.

All my best to you.  (+ info)

What is the proper use of whey protein?

If I were to take whey protein ONLY after resistance training 2-3 times a week would this have a good effect on my body mass and fitness?
Also is there any bad side-effects from taking whey protein? I have heard a mixed amount of answers from none at all to stomach problems and such.

Whey protein is a natural substance and shouldn't cause any problems. It's the same protein you get from drinking milk.

What matters for building mass is the amount of protein you take in every day, not just on workout days. You should eat/drink about 1 gram of protein for every pound you weigh daily.  (+ info)

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