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March 20, 2012 5:19 AM
So I was wondering does drinking whey protein help you lose weight????
  117862
March 20, 2012 6:33 AM
Not exactly.

You lose weight by maintaining a healthy caloric deficit. If you do that (assuming a reasonably healthy/balanced diet), you'll lose weight.

Whey protein can help balance out an otherwise unbalanced diet (increase protein intake while reducing fat and/or carbs to keep overall cals the same). It can also boost your protein intake for body composition goals.
March 20, 2012 6:52 AM
thanks Jackson.....that helps:)
  117862
March 20, 2012 6:54 AM
Higher protein diet is the only way I can lose weight
March 20, 2012 6:56 AM
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Higher protein diet is the only way I can lose weight


Me too.

I use protein shakes as a way to curb sweet and hunger pangs. 1 scoop of protein powder, one cup of almond coconut milk (unsweetened), 2-3 tbsp of Walden Farm's 0 cal, 0 carb chocolate syrup, put it in a blender MILKSHAKE.
  7232672
March 20, 2012 6:56 AM
I lose more weight when I have a whey protein shake daily - probably because I'm replacing other not so healthy snacks and I usually have one after a workout. But I do feel that a higher protein diet results in greater weight loss because it takes longer to digest and does not spike your blood sugar.
March 20, 2012 6:57 AM
I haven't been meeting my protein intake goals; therefore I have started adding it to shakes and it seems to be helping in keeping me fuller longer.
March 20, 2012 6:58 AM
to the ladies above:
do you replace a meal with the whey protein shake or is it just a supplement?
  6753210
March 20, 2012 6:58 AM
I agree with everyone. Plus, I find that it helps keep me full longer to help prevent overeating.
March 20, 2012 6:59 AM
I've been wondering the very same thing...i was wonderiing,if I am only doing cardio and no strength training, would it still be a good idea to take whey protein. Also, what is the lowest cal version?
  18140668
March 20, 2012 7:00 AM
QUOTE:

to the ladies above:
do you replace a meal with the whey protein shake or is it just a supplement?



I do it as a snack inbetween meals
March 20, 2012 7:01 AM
If you can get adequate protein from "real" food, then whey protein isn't necessary. I'm not overly fond of it, so I eat a lot of chicken, eggs, turkey, and lean beef, as well as Greek yogurt to reach my protein goals. If you like drinking shakes, however, they are an excellent way to get a large protein intake for relatively few calories. Buying the bulk cans is cheaper and you get more protein than a lot of the prepackaged drinks.
March 20, 2012 7:02 AM
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to the ladies above:
do you replace a meal with the whey protein shake or is it just a supplement?


I use them as a recovery drink after a workout. I'm not a fan of replacing entire meals with shakes, as I like to eat my calories, not drink them, but that's entirely personal preference.
  15600637
March 20, 2012 7:02 AM
QUOTE:

to the ladies above:
do you replace a meal with the whey protein shake or is it just a supplement?


Whey protein by itself does not make a healthy meal replacement. It is simply protein, and a meal replacement should have additional vitamins and minerals. It should probably also have some fat and carbs too, but that depends on the rest of your diet.

Most people will mix protein with things like yogurt, peanut butter, fruit, etc when using it as a meal replacement.
March 20, 2012 7:02 AM
i replace one meal with a protein shake daily; i also have an extra shake on days i work out hard to keep those calories burning! and yes, i add a fruit with it to complete the meal
Edited by radiva1 On March 20, 2012 7:04 AM
March 20, 2012 7:03 AM
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I've been wondering the very same thing...i was wonderiing,if I am only doing cardio and no strength training, would it still be a good idea to take whey protein. Also, what is the lowest cal version?


Whey Isolate is going to be the lowest cal. Which one you go with is up to you.
March 20, 2012 7:03 AM
I dont necessarily replace my breakfast with a protein shake, or at least I dont feel its a meal replacement

Mainly because I add a lot of different things to mine:
2 cups spinach or kale
whey protein powder
almond milk
frozen fruit or 1 banana
blueberries
flaxseed meal

Blend, and enjoy

So while I use this as my breakfast after a workout, its very filling, healthy, and I get fruits and veggies as well...
March 20, 2012 7:04 AM
I drink 1-2 protein shakes a day.. I often will have a smoothie for breakfast (ie. today's breakfast = 1c unsweetened almond milk which is 35 cals, 3 fat, 1 carb, 1 scoop vanilla powder, 1/2 banana, a few strawberries and a cup of spinach)

I ALWAYS drink a shake after I lift weights, within the first 30 minutes if I can! the muscles absorb the nutrients much better in this window.

I've decided to try and shake these up a bit.. I've got a vanilla and a chocolate protein powder at home. Sometimes I will add fruit to them, sometimes PB2 peanut butter, sometimes peppermint extract to the vanilla, ice, and a product that helps thicken it! I have become such a fan of these shakes/smoothies.
Best of luck!
My favorite website to purchase stuff off of is www.netrition.com
  2629485
March 20, 2012 7:05 AM
QUOTE:

to the ladies above:
do you replace a meal with the whey protein shake or is it just a supplement?


The only time I use it as a meal replacement is if I wake up late and have no time to make a good breakfast. So I'll throw some in a shaker and mix it up and drink it on the way to work. It keeps me full until I can go to lunch. I prefer, though, to have them as a snack in between meals and definitely after a workout. Nothing beats real food for a meal.
  7232672
March 20, 2012 7:06 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

to the ladies above:
do you replace a meal with the whey protein shake or is it just a supplement?


Whey protein by itself does not make a healthy meal replacement. It is simply protein, and a meal replacement should have additional vitamins and minerals. It should probably also have some fat and carbs too, but that depends on the rest of your diet.

Most people will mix protein with things like yogurt, peanut butter, fruit, etc when using it as a meal replacement.


I agree, my after lifting shake is typically whey protein + yogurt + frozen fruit
  106371
March 20, 2012 7:06 AM
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I ALWAYS drink a shake after I lift weights, within the first 30 minutes if I can! the muscles absorb the nutrients much better in this window.


Studies show this to not be true. It can have other benefits, but the absorption window idea is a myth.
March 20, 2012 7:13 AM
I've been considering buying a whey protein mix and researched a lot yesterday. I typically meet my protein goals daily, which were setup up by mfp, but I've been doing p90x and Tony is always talking about a recovery drink, so I thought I might need to incorporate one as my 'post workout punch'. My only concern is that I won't be hungry for dinner at a reasonable time, as I don't finish my workout until 8 or 830pm...
  6753210
March 20, 2012 7:14 AM
QUOTE:

I've been considering buying a whey protein mix and researched a lot yesterday. I typically meet my protein goals daily, which were setup up by mfp, but I've been doing p90x and Tony is always talking about a recovery drink, so I thought I might need to incorporate one as my 'post workout punch'. My only concern is that I won't be hungry for dinner at a reasonable time, as I don't finish my workout until 8 or 830pm...


What is your daily protein goal? MFP's default number is REALLY low and most people should be doubling or tripling that number daily.
March 20, 2012 7:26 AM
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I've been considering buying a whey protein mix and researched a lot yesterday. I typically meet my protein goals daily, which were setup up by mfp, but I've been doing p90x and Tony is always talking about a recovery drink, so I thought I might need to incorporate one as my 'post workout punch'. My only concern is that I won't be hungry for dinner at a reasonable time, as I don't finish my workout until 8 or 830pm...


What is your daily protein goal? MFP's default number is REALLY low and most people should be doubling or tripling that number daily.


w/o exercise it has me @ 45. yesterday i did cardio and strength training and my goal went up to 68, but i only hit 43. guess that answers my question. i'll run out to the store during my lunch break and get some... :)
  6753210
March 20, 2012 7:29 AM
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I've been considering buying a whey protein mix and researched a lot yesterday. I typically meet my protein goals daily, which were setup up by mfp, but I've been doing p90x and Tony is always talking about a recovery drink, so I thought I might need to incorporate one as my 'post workout punch'. My only concern is that I won't be hungry for dinner at a reasonable time, as I don't finish my workout until 8 or 830pm...


What is your daily protein goal? MFP's default number is REALLY low and most people should be doubling or tripling that number daily.


w/o exercise it has me @ 45. yesterday i did cardio and strength training and my goal went up to 68, but i only hit 43. guess that answers my question. i'll run out to the store during my lunch break and get some... :)


Yeah... Personally I'd shoot for 75g per day min before exercise. Just for comparison's sake, I average about 180g daily.

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