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    How often should I drink protein shakes

    If I work out 3x a week mon/wed/fri? Do I drink it just on the days I work out or should I drink it everyday??
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    Every 2 hours for maximum muscle gainz
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    Whenever you feel like you're not getting enough protein intake for the day/ when you're hungry
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    Whenever you want, that's why it's called a supplement
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    This is a pretty common misconception with protein shakes. I see a lot of people saying you need to take them x hours before/after gym etc etc.

    Thing is, protein shakes are a SUPPLEMENT. and by definition supplement means:
    "something added to complete a thing, supply a deficiency, or reinforce or extend a whole."

    meaning, protein shakes are really only needed to assist with getting enough protein for the day. theres nothing more to it. theyre not some magical muscle building drink that you must take to see gains, which a lot of people seem to think is the case. i only take them if im low on protein, which i can generally get enough from regular foods anyway. or if i crave/feel like having a shake!
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    eat first. shake whenever
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    Whenever you want, or after workouts
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    I'd say that you only NEED to drink it right after workouts and right after waking up in mornings (especially after workout days)...but as others say, more cannot hurt & will improve your muscle gains
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    The timing of shakes is somewhat irrelevant, take them as often as you want. But don't neglect food for protein shakes.
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    They are meant to help you SUPPLEMENT what you are already doing. So drinking 6 shakes a day is a waste because it's better to get your protien and what not from an actual food source. Although sometimes it is hard to eat that often so shakes are great for that. You can take them whenever you want, but there are some times where it will benefit you more. 1) early in the morning, as soon as you wake up 2) 1 hour or so before a work out 3) right after a work out 4) before you go to bed. I mainly have them early in the morning and right after a work out.
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    Protein shakes themselves are not necessary, but the protein in them is.

    If you are cutting, your hunger will be more satisfied by getting your protein from solid foods; chicken, tuna, etc...

    If you are bulking then they may be great, as you will have enough food to work with so you dont get hungry.

    All in all, whats most important is that at the end of the day you have met your minimum protein requirement; the source of the protein doesnt really matter.

    Hope that helps.
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    Did not read anything in this thread, except title.


    Why the **** would you want to pass up on an opportunity to give your body protein? Muscles aren't built in the gym buddy.
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    I take it twice on workout days, and once on non-workout days. One serving = 30g for me.
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    No more than 4 a day is what I heard, dont know whether its true or not. I usually take 1 pre workout 2 post work out and 1 before bed.
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    Wherever and whenever convenient.
    Too many people bull**** and say only post workout and before bed etc. Protein is protien.
    If you need 180g's a day and only manage 150 and can't get the rest through whole foods use a protein shake to supplement the rest. Simple.
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    As much as you need to hit your protein needs for the day, I personally hardly ever have a protein shake as I get all the protein I need from whole foods.
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    You should only drink a PROTEIN SHAKE if you didnt meet your macros for the day. simple as that.
    I personally drink one after a a workout.
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    You can drink the shake whenever you want. You need to realize you're not drinking the shake for the shake, but for the Protein in the shake. It depends on your diet, if you're not going to ingest as much Protein as you need, then you should take the shake. Remember, Protein shakes are supplements, much like Iron pills if you have an Iron deficiency. Also, muscle isn't built while you're working out, it's built after you work out. This is why you should still be ingesting a high amount of Protein on days where you don't work out.
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    You don't need protein drinks unless you're on steroids. You just need a balanced diet.
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    I would take it everyday, upon waking up, and after your workout.
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    The only time I take a shake is when I'm pressed for Time....I only use a protein supplement as a convience tool ...but I'd take whole food over a shake anyday
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    Exclamation No more than 1/day

    Originally Posted by Baller1234 View Post
    Every 2 hours for maximum muscle gainz
    Please don't actually drink that many protein shakes! You kidneys will break down because they wont be able to break it all down, and you will get very ill. Just like anything else too much protein can make you sick. Besides your body wont be able to use half of that amount anyways.

    Good article on with special regards to athletes

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    Originally Posted by Marmot44 View Post
    Please don't actually drink that many protein shakes! You kidneys will break down because they wont be able to break it all down, and you will get very ill. Just like anything else too much protein can make you sick. Besides your body wont be able to use half of that amount anyways.

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