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July 25, 2011 4:12 PM
It all comes down to calories. If you drink a bunch of protein shakes and get too many calories, then you will gain weight. If you just add it to your regular diet as a way to get more protein, it will help stabilize your blood sugar, help you feel more full, and a bunch of other things that can be helpful.

Just watch the sugar content in some of those shake mixes- it can be outrageous! I like plain, unflavored whey protein mixed with oatmeal or in a smoothie with fruit.
July 25, 2011 4:14 PM
Shakeology is great but way to expensive for me, I just go to Sam's Club and get the 100 per cent Whey protein, the best kind for you, and mix frozen fruit and Almond Breeze unsweetened milk with it, kinda like a smoothie and it is good and filling.
July 25, 2011 4:15 PM
I have had several. I find that the Atkins Advantage which are premade are the best to me. They don't taste chalky. I like the milk chocolate delight the best and the latte one is 2nd best. They have 160 calories and 15gm of protein.
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July 25, 2011 4:16 PM
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I'm not sure, but I don't think your husband is right. My protein shake is 120 calories, 4 carbs and 2 grams of fat, and 22 grams of protien. I've been having one for breakfast and one in the evening some nights, and I have been losing weight.

Maybe someone with a bit more knowlegde will add their experiences, but I think many people think they'll bulk you up because of the protein alone, and that's not how it works. And I suppose some protein shakes are quite sugary and unnatural, and I guess they could work against weight loss too.

Katie
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What the name of your shake? Thanks
July 25, 2011 4:16 PM
Yes, there are other uses for "meal replacement shakes" and reasons why they exist on the market for reasons other than "muscle growth" used in Protein shakes.

Because of one of my major illnesses, i have on occasion had to drink Boost, which are meal replacement shakes, even last week, and I choose the Extra Protein kind instead of the Plus (meaning extra calories for those who are seriously underweight and have to gain it back)

because at times, i am unable to eat -- in the hospital they put me on tubal feeding (also called TPN, or Total Parenteral Nutrition http://goo.gl/jAS3S ) which contains lipids (fats) in order to prevent wasting away. This, while I was "fat" - although suffering from severe malnutrition, and unable to eat while i healed over several weeks.

I hate Boost because yes, you can consume 4 in a day and be up to 900 + calories, and still feel hungry, but because of damaged intestines, being unable to absorb the nutrients from normal food, it's a good idea on occasion, I just wonder if anyone else has had to use these too?

i wish there was some other way to absorb it, without all the extra calories.
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July 25, 2011 4:17 PM
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I have had several. I find that the Atkins Advantage which are premade are the best to me. They don't taste chalky. I like the milk chocolate delight the best and the latte one is 2nd best. They have 160 calories and 15gm of protein.


Cool thanks! I'll check it out.
July 25, 2011 4:18 PM
My take... Make it yourself so you can control what goes into it.

Here is one that I make!

- 2 scoops Whey Protein (I use chocolate or vanilla... Trader Joe's brand)
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/2 cup skim milk
- 1/2 banana

This makes exactly enough to fill up a 16 oz glass...

Blend and enjoy!
July 25, 2011 4:19 PM
QUOTE:

It all comes down to calories. If you drink a bunch of protein shakes and get too many calories, then you will gain weight. If you just add it to your regular diet as a way to get more protein, it will help stabilize your blood sugar, help you feel more full, and a bunch of other things that can be helpful.

Just watch the sugar content in some of those shake mixes- it can be outrageous! I like plain, unflavored whey protein mixed with oatmeal or in a smoothie with fruit.


Thank for the advice!
July 25, 2011 4:20 PM
QUOTE:

My take... Make it yourself so you can control what goes into it.

Here is one that I make!

- 2 scoops Whey Protein (I use chocolate or vanilla... Trader Joe's brand)
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/2 cup skim milk
- 1/2 banana

This makes exactly enough to fill up a 16 oz glass...

Blend and enjoy!


Does the chocolate flavored whey actually taste like chocolate? I seriously want a "chocolate shake" :) without it being 1000 calories and 40 grams of fat.
July 25, 2011 4:22 PM
My husband works to gain and I work to lose. We have the same protein powder. Body Fortress Whey Protein (got it at Walmart) I use one scoop with water 130 cal. He uses 2 scoops in milk and peanut butter 620 cal. We just fight over which flavors to use.

I recommend this over slim fast or their knock-offs because they have a lot of carbs. My hubby uses those for a post workout boost but I don't. 230 cal and 38 g sugar.
  8614556
July 25, 2011 4:30 PM
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My husband works to gain and I work to lose. We have the same protein powder. Body Fortress Whey Protein (got it at Walmart) I use one scoop with water 130 cal. He uses 2 scoops in milk and peanut butter 620 cal. We just fight over which flavors to use.

I recommend this over slim fast or their knock-offs because they have a lot of carbs. My hubby uses those for a post workout boost but I don't. 230 cal and 38 g sugar.


Yeah I looked at the slimfast ones and was put off by the ingredients and carbs/sugars. Thanks for the reply!
July 25, 2011 4:32 PM
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Does the chocolate flavored whey actually taste like chocolate? I seriously want a "chocolate shake" :) without it being 1000 calories and 40 grams of fat.


If you want one that REALLY tastes like chocolate then I'd recommend Cytosport Muscle Milk Naturals - Real Chocolate. It's absolutely delicious if mixed with some milk. I drink 1 serving every day, in addition to my breakfast, but I'm careful not to go over my calories at the end of the day. The downside is that it's a bit high in fat compared to other powders.

1 Scoop:

150 calories
6 grams Fat
15 mg Cholesterol
9 grams Carbs (2 Fiber, 2 Sugar)
150 mg sodium
16 grams Protein

There are powders out there with better protein numbers, but I really like the Natural Real Chocolate. Plus it has zero artificial sweeteners - they use Stevia to sweeten it. Read the labels, go to the stores and do the research. You will find one you want to try. Just don't get one called a gainer because those are designed to make you gain weight. Also, check out the label for the Muscle Milk at Costco....they are relatively high in cholesterol for some reason. 75 mg in 1 scoop I think. If you are watching cholesterol then you might want to try one from someone else.
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July 25, 2011 4:34 PM


Does the chocolate flavored whey actually taste like chocolate? I seriously want a "chocolate shake" :) without it being 1000 calories and 40 grams of fat.


I don't know about their recipe but if you use a little water 1/2 to 3/4 cup to dissolve the powder then add ice cubes then let it sit for a few min and blend again its not too bad. If you need a few extra calories and are using skim milk you can freeze is in cubes and add to the powder mixture. It isn't over thick, but its better than other options (like 1000 cal)
  8614556
July 25, 2011 4:36 PM
i gained a ton of weight on slim fast. i was drinking them like milkshakes. around a can a day. wow, i loved them. but i don't recommend them as a diet.
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July 25, 2011 5:09 PM
i use the jillian michaels whey protein...the triple chocolate shake with 1/2 of a banana, 1 cup of blue diamond unsweetened chocolate almond milk and ice....yumm tastes like a chocolate milkshake and melted soft serve chocolate ice cream...so good. i also have the vanilla shake and that one is really good with fresh fruit and greek yogurt to make a smoothie. yum. its making me want one right now! lol

calories: 100
fat: 2g
Carbs: 7g
fiber: 3g
sugar: 3g
protein: 15g
July 25, 2011 5:59 PM
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unless you are drinking enought to go WAY over your daily caloires no they will not make you gain wht.

i like the body fortress chocolate from walmart, not alot of carbs, a personal concern for me. i make it with almond milk, yumm
and sometimes as a treat i wil at a tablespoon of the flavored coffee creamers double yum , who needs steak 'n' shake????


That is what I personally have started using minus the flavored creamer lol. But I was told that was the way to do it by a nutritionist. No soy milk, but almond milk, and the whey protein.
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July 25, 2011 6:48 PM
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I have had several. I find that the Atkins Advantage which are premade are the best to me. They don't taste chalky. I like the milk chocolate delight the best and the latte one is 2nd best. They have 160 calories and 15gm of protein.


15 Protein sounds great I am always looking to up my protein without adding fat or carbs as I have NO problem filling THOSE numbers..LOL
July 25, 2011 7:17 PM
Shakeology is the way to go! It has benefits of regularity, weight loss and helps with cravings
ask me how to get some!drinker drinker
July 25, 2011 7:30 PM
I drink Vi-shape nutritional shakes from Visalus sciences. They are meal replacement shakes that are so delicious and full of nutrition. Its a sweet cream flavor! I drink a milkshake after workout, and one in the evening as a small meal/snack, or sometimes dessert!
2 scoops has: 90 calories, 1 gram fat, 1 gram sugar, 5 fiber, 75mg sodium
Edited by ChristinaRamos On July 25, 2011 7:35 PM
July 25, 2011 7:34 PM
I use an Optimum Nutrition Shake, which is a little higher on calories for a protein shake (it's the NitroCore 24) at 200 calories per scoop. But if I'm using it as a meal replacement, 200 calories isn't bad. Even if I use a cup of skim milk, it's still under 300 calories for a 'meal.'
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July 25, 2011 7:54 PM
I do not use protein shakes as a meal replacement. But I do use it as an after workout snack. I've lost 41 lb so far, haven't gained. So, it's apparent your husband does not know what he's talking about here. Protein does not make you gain weight. Not unless you go over your calories. The protein shake I currently use has 120 calories and 25g Protein per scoop. I just fit it into my daily calories. Protein is essential after workouts.

Edited to add: I usually use 2 scoops mixed with plain water because I can afford it after working out. The brand I use is Smart Sense, sold by Kmart.

Thinking about trying the Pure Protein brand shake powder though because their protein bars are so yummy.
Edited by Cait_Sidhe On July 25, 2011 8:00 PM
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July 25, 2011 8:08 PM
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Does the chocolate flavored whey actually taste like chocolate? I seriously want a "chocolate shake" :) without it being 1000 calories and 40 grams of fat.


I don't know about their recipe but if you use a little water 1/2 to 3/4 cup to dissolve the powder then add ice cubes then let it sit for a few min and blend again its not too bad. If you need a few extra calories and are using skim milk you can freeze is in cubes and add to the powder mixture. It isn't over thick, but its better than other options (like 1000 cal)


Ok. Thanks for the tip. So many choices haha
July 25, 2011 8:10 PM
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i use the jillian michaels whey protein...the triple chocolate shake with 1/2 of a banana, 1 cup of blue diamond unsweetened chocolate almond milk and ice....yumm tastes like a chocolate milkshake and melted soft serve chocolate ice cream...so good. i also have the vanilla shake and that one is really good with fresh fruit and greek yogurt to make a smoothie. yum. its making me want one right now! lol

calories: 100
fat: 2g
Carbs: 7g
fiber: 3g
sugar: 3g
protein: 15g


I've seen lots of Jillian Michaels stuff at the store. Thanks!
July 25, 2011 8:16 PM
I use the Herbalife program and have lost 62 pounds so far and still going. You can also gain weight with this program if you take 3 shakes a day and have 3 meals a day. The program is very healthy and an excellent source of protein, carbs, fats and fiber in the appropriate balance. Also, it is developed by doctors who have studied nutrition and the human body for many years.
July 25, 2011 8:54 PM
If you are using it as a replacement, I hear BSN Lean Dessert is AMAZING.

I drank Designer Whey for a long time because it's cheap, low carb, and not awful. The scoop size is 26 grams at 100 calories vs ~35 grams for the BSN at 150 calories.


In any case, you don't need to worry about gaining weight from fat unless you are seriously over-eating your calories.

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