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    Food or Protein Shake after workout???

    I was wondering if it's better to eat food (for example a chicken or tuna salad) after working out or drinking a protein shake. Which one is best for the body if somebody is trying to lose fat and why?

    I sometimes eat after my training and sometimes just drink a shake if I'm in a hurry.

    Thanks
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    Originally Posted by passionforabs View Post
    I was wondering if it's better to eat food (for example a chicken or tuna salad) after working out or drinking a protein shake. Which one is best for the body if somebody is trying to lose fat and why?

    I sometimes eat after my training and sometimes just drink a shake if I'm in a hurry.

    Thanks
    the purpose of the protein intake post workout is to rebuild the damaged muscle fibers after a vigorous workout. chicken or tuna salad from your example, are sources of protein and omega-3's. also, you would want to include a form of complex carbs post workout.
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    protein shake immediately post, meal soon after
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    Originally Posted by passionforabs View Post
    I was wondering if it's better to eat food (for example a chicken or tuna salad) after working out or drinking a protein shake. Which one is best for the body if somebody is trying to lose fat and why?

    I sometimes eat after my training and sometimes just drink a shake if I'm in a hurry.

    Thanks
    Depends on the goals. If trying to build or maintain muscle then a shake may be best to get the nutrients into the muscle faster. If cardio I would go with whole foods. No big hurry to get stuff to the muscle then, I actually like to wait a good 30 minutes after cardio before i have anything. The other is about money and comfort. It is way cheaper to get your protein from a shake than it is to get it in whole foods. So if money is a concern then go with protein shakes. Otherwise just go with what is convenient. You will find people who swear by whole food only and others who swear by eating one real meal a day and all shakes. I tend to get some real food in with every meal, but 3 out of the 6 meals I get my protein from a powder. There is no magic answer, only people who feel their way is the magic answer if that makes any sense.

    I bloat from lots of whole food but don't from shakes as much. Rather than have a distended gut even when lean I opt for more shakes and easier digestion.
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    Will make no difference, either one is fine.
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    Originally Posted by MrKleen73 View Post
    There is no magic answer, only people who feel their way is the magic answer if that makes any sense.
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    If your preworkout meal is good in regards to containing protein+carbs+fats you can skip the post workout shake and just go home and eat a whole food meal.

    If you want just have a protein shake post workout, take a shower then eat your next meal. Nothing to complicated.
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    chicke=en or drink

    how about chicken and protein powder. would that be wrong after workout?
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    Originally Posted by passionforabs View Post

    I sometimes eat after my training and sometimes just drink a shake if I'm in a hurry.

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    This. You answered your own question. It doesnt matter
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    Banana + One Scoop Whey immediately post workout.

    Then I eat a whole meal about an hour to an hour and a half later.





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    Protein shake with greek yogurt for me because I have hard time eating food after workout. I tend to eat 45 mins later after my protein shake.
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    immediately after a workout i like to have a shake consisting of whey and either karbolyn from AAEFX or something high in sugars like a pop tart. i've been doing that for a few months now and an hour and half later i have a whole food meal. but i'd recommend a shake immediately after.
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    I used to be only protein shake after..it was easier and much more convenient. I have gone to a meal on some days because i come straight home. i have noticed 0 difference.
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