Originally Posted by mzmuppet
I recently started working out and eating better and all that and have surprised myself by actually sticking to it.
I'm hearing a lot about protein shakes and stuff after a workout. I'm planning on perhaps cutting meat out of my diet. Not for any other reason than I don't eat a lot of it anyway and when I do I feel a bit off. Would it be a good idea for me to have a protein shake after my workout? I hear it increases your metabolism aswell.
Could someone please explain the point of these shakes and supplements and stuff cos I've done a lot of searches but get different info from every single sight I visit.
I don't know why you would cut meat out of your diet-- it's the best source of protein found in natural foods.
Basically, there are two reasons that protein powders and shakes are so widely used. The first reason is that protein consumption is absolutely essential for hypertrophy-- nobody denies that. I'm not a physiologist, but if you want a more detailed take on this, check out the writings of Paul Cribb on the AST website (ast-ss.com).
The second reason that the supplements are so popular is that they provide an easy and relatively cheap way for athletes to up their protein intake. For example, a 5 ounce chicken breast has about 30 grams of protein. The protein powder I use, when mixed with skim milk, has 34 grams.
Now, I have a choice: I can either grill that chicken breast (that cost me $1.50 to $2.00) for about eight minutes on the Foreman Grill, then take another 5-10 minutes to cut it up and eat it; or, I can mix my protein shake (80 cents per serving for the mix, 20 cents per serving for the milk) in about 15 seconds, and take another 15 seconds to chug it. As you can see, it's cheaper and faster to choose Option B, and I get as much (or more) protein for my effort.
Hope this helps.