So.. I have had people ask me if I take protein shakes or any supplements regularly — and I think this is a good question for most fitness enthusiast as well as professionals to answer because I believe this question is important. For the sake of the question, I will answer if I take protein shakes, explain why or why not and share some of the ones I have tried and have liked. In a future post, I will then answer if I take any supplements, lol 🙂
First of all, I DO NOT take protein shakes everyday of the week. As a matter of fact, I probably have one twice a week if anything. Now this does depend if I have the protein on hand, or if I am purely just buying it from work (my gym serves protein shakes) if and when I have protein on hand, I usually will drink one a day and that’s only if I am going into work and need something to fill my stomach while during my shift or because I have taste for a shake and it beats eating a candy bar with no nutritional value. Now, if I purely buying it from work, then only about twice a week – ONCE. lol. so I will have it Monday and Wednesday and that is because I get them for free when I am working. Yay. I have to still invest into a food scale so I can do exact measurements but I like to think I am getting enough protein from food that I don’t need to rely on a protein shake all the time like some people. and when I do take protein shakes it is usually after a workout session because it is much faster to shake one up then to drive all the way home and make me a meal. lol. Just saying.
I know people who have told me they take protein shakes about 3-4 times a day, in between meals and I only personally eat about 2 meals a day , if I am lucky, I have 3 main meals a day – I have to get better at eating the 6 small meals a day, but for me, I find it a lot harder to do that and I don’t think having that much protein a day would be beneficial for me unless I was at a huge calorie deficit or because I lacked it in my meals (which is very possible). Because of my goal of needing to lose 10-15 lb for my meet and to fit into a weight class I’d feel comfortable at (technically I would like to lose 20 lb) then I plan on redoing my macros and seeing where it leaves me, but I still don’t think my protein intake will need to be supplemented that often .. but we shall see. If I find my protein intake will need to be supplemented more often, then my answer might change but if not, then I will stick with what I am doing now when it comes to protein shakes.
I am a firm believer that protein shakes hold good and bad because most people over indulge when they drink protein shakes and that can be the not so great thing, I think they should consist of protein obviously but depending on the other ingredients it could land you with high sugar, high carbs and probably calories that could account for 2 of your meals in a day. That is why I don’t drink them as often right now because I realize that they could be used against me as well if I am not cautious. If you are smart about the intake and ingredients; it could be useful to have a protein shake 🙂
Now some of the ones I have tried, I have made YouTube review videos on: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAIrhf0FpxoQk4F_bznTjIg?view_as=subscriber
Quest – peanut butter protein shake (loved it)
Anytime Fitness Gym protein shakes (I like them)
&& BPi, Salted Caramel protein shake (it tasted okay, not too bad) but outside of that I haven’t really ventured out too much on trying new protein shake flavors from different companies unless I get free samples.
Share some of the brands/protein you drink?
How often do you take protein shakes?