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    Chicken breast vs tuna vs Whey protein???

    a can of tuna has 43 grams of protein, chicken breast has 54 grams of protein but 14grams of fat. Most whey protein shakes have about 20-25 grams of protein.


    So whats better for a post workout meal? Stick with the shake or eat whole foods??? Is whey protein better then whole foods???
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    i say stick with the whole foods if you can. eat the tuna straight out of the can its kind of gross but its the best for you.

    supplements are supplements, not meant to replace real food.
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    for tuna i just add some lemon juice and some lemmon pepper, oregano, and parsely flakes.
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    what?????????

    hey,whey or a shake with water or juice isn't better than tuna and chicken breast POSTWORKOUT?I focus on the 1st postworkout meal(imidiately after training)
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    Take the skin off the chicken, and buy the skinless boneless chicken breast, and per 8 ounces you get 56 grams of protein and 0.5 grams of fat
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    Postworkout a shake is better since you need to feed the muscles as soon as possible. The liquid absorbes faster.


    Other than postworkout solid food is usually a better option.

    Good luck.
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    You might want to find a whey protein power which has some quick absorbing carbos in it, so that the body does not burn the whey for energy since it is also fast absorbing. You're wasting your money if you just take powders with pure whey after a workout, because you need to replenish your carbos. You could also eat some cornflakes for the quick carbos. 10-15g of carbos in the power or from sugars(quick release carbo) should be more than enough, espically if you're counting your carbos. I try not to take more than 80g a day.

    Please correct me if I am wrong. Just adding my 2 cents worth.

    Then about 1hr after the whey and all the workout, you would want to have a proper meal with the complex carbos, solid protein and veggies. I usually split this main meal into 2, and have the 2nd round ard 1hr30 mins to 2 hrs later. Better to have more meals, but smaller. Just split up your main meals.
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    Re chicken breast, buy the fresh chicken breast, not the precooked, frozed stuff. You get too much sodium and fat. Plus, the fresh is cheaper. As far as the remaining fat, you can trim the excess, but remember that you do need some fat in your diet.
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    if you are cutting then 80g of carbs MMAAYY be ok... porbably 100-120 is better to keep lepetin levels up to actually burn fat faster. If you are not cutting then 75g. of simple carbs post-workout is good along with 50g. of whey.

    Bonless/Skinless chicken breasts only have about .5g of fat. a chicken breast could have any amount of protein depending on how much it weighs... it has 1g. of protein for every 5g. of net weight (uncooked/raw). So a 150g. chicken breast has 30g. of protein.

    Whey, any other time then post-workout is useless. it will be absorbed and used for energy, since it is so quick absorbing. Caesin and Egg protein powders are the only kind that should be taken throughout the day. Whey is ONLY... ONLY for post-workout or pre-workout. no

    Tuna and Chicken Breasts are the same thing... so whatever floats your boat... eat it.
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    Originally posted by Antonio
    Postworkout a shake is better since you need to feed the muscles as soon as possible. The liquid absorbes faster.
    I agree. Another meal after the PWS that is high in protein is extremely beneficial after a brutal workout. I'd recommend that you switch between protein sources in your whole foods to reap the benefits of them all.
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    Originally posted by Mark21087
    Take the skin off the chicken, and buy the skinless boneless chicken breast, and per 8 ounces you get 56 grams of protein and 0.5 grams of fat
    How do you figure??

    Mine say they have 24 grams per 4 ounce so that would be 8 ounce = 48??
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    Originally posted by Jeremy


    How do you figure??

    Mine say they have 24 grams per 4 ounce so that would be 8 ounce = 48??
    boneless/skinless without anything added... have almost no fat at all...
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    A 9oz chicken breast is usually the size I have, so I calculated the nutrition values from the counter at http://www.fitday.com, and this are the results. Chicken breast, boneless and skinless. 9oz weight after cooked (boiled).

    Amount Per 9 oz, boneless, cooked, skinless
    Calories 412.34
    Calories from Fat 80.29

    Total Fat 8.92g
    Saturated Fat 2.52g
    Polyunsaturated Fat 1.92g
    Monounsaturated Fat 3.1g

    Protein 77.52g

    Now. 2.52g of saturated fat for 77.52g of protein. I think that's a pretty good deal.

    Now let's take a standard 6.5oz can of tuna. You could check out the label on your can, the values may differ, at most by a bit. Tuna in brine is pretty standard.

    Amount Per 1 can (6.5 oz), drained
    Calories 193.72
    Calories from Fat 12.32

    Total Fat 1.37g 2%
    Saturated Fat 0.391g 2%
    Polyunsaturated Fat 0.563g
    Monounsaturated Fat 0.266g

    Protein 42.6g

    Tuna is even better in terms of protein to saturated fat wise. Both these forms of proteins are great for your meals. You dont need fast absorbtion proteins for your post/pre workout meals. Use the whey for after workouts only, because it's fast absorbtion.
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    Here are my chicken breast nutrition facts:

    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size 1/2 breast, bone and skin removed (118g)

    Calories 129.8 kcal

    Total Fat 1.5 g 2%
    Saturated Fat 0.4 g 2%
    Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3 g
    Monounsaturated Fat 0.4 g
    Cholesterol 68.4 mg 19%
    Sodium 76.7 mg 3%
    Total Carbohydrates 0 g 0%
    Protein 27.2 g
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    here is one with skin:

    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size 1/2 breast, bone removed (145g)

    Calories 249.4 kcal

    Total Fat 13.4 g 14%
    Saturated Fat 3.9 g 13%
    Polyunsaturated Fat 2.8 g
    Monounsaturated Fat 5.5 g
    Cholesterol 92.8 mg 21%
    Sodium 91.4 mg 3%
    Total Carbohydrates 0 g 0%
    Protein 30.2 g
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    Hmm, after doing the math, you chicken looks better than mine Luke! Much lower calories and saturated fat for the same weight or chicken.

    Maybe you could send some over here?
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    it's just a plain boneless/skinless chicken breast. If you cant buy them skinless, take the skin off... be handy with a knife... trim off the excess fat... and the rest of the chicken breast is pretty much pure protein... they are all the same...
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    Calculate the result i posted on the 9oz skinless, boneless chicken breast to yours one post later. If you convert your result to a 9oz one, you'll see that your chicken breast has significantly lower fat levels and calories. Quite a big difference I might add.

    I got mine from fitday.com. Reliable source? Don't you just find it frustrating when there are conflicting results.
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    I got to www.nutri-facts.com or I look on the container I buy my chicken breasts in... from Costco... I buy like 15lb. of chicken bags... and those are the nutrition facts... i always get like 3 bags whenever I go...
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    Originally Posted by nksz90 View Post
    a can of tuna has 43 grams of protein, chicken breast has 54 grams of protein but 14grams of fat. Most whey protein shakes have about 20-25 grams of protein.


    So whats better for a post workout meal? Stick with the shake or eat whole foods??? Is whey protein better then whole foods???
    Stick to tuna man, it's cheaper and has more protein. Although whey protein shakes have higher quality protein but at a higher cost. My tuna is almost 100% protein.
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    Re : Chicken or Tuna

    I would add reddish beef like a healthy proteins resource as well as cycle foods jointly currently being hen, fish, and reddish beef. It will support diversify your own amino profile along with nutrients rather than ingesting merely hen as well as fish.
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