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    So I work in hospitality which means long hours, working through lunch and dinner. On weekends I often don't get to have my dinner until 11pm and end up so hungry or snacking on unhealthy foods. Is there a good supplement I can take as a meal replacement (would only take it 1-2 times a week). I have optimum nutrition whey which I use after workouts, but I wasn't sure if whey is a suitable meal replacement.
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    Originally Posted by PaigeAlice View Post
    So I work in hospitality which means long hours, working through lunch and dinner. On weekends I often don't get to have my dinner until 11pm and end up so hungry or snacking on unhealthy foods. Is there a good supplement I can take as a meal replacement (would only take it 1-2 times a week). I have optimum nutrition whey which I use after workouts, but I wasn't sure if whey is a suitable meal replacement.
    It is, but whey tends to not be very filling. It also isn't necessary as a "post-work out". Just use it as needed to hit your macros. Timing serves little to no relevance, and especially for some who works out versus high level competitive athlete.

    I would suggest one of two things:

    1. Make a shake using oats, peanutbutter, fruit, milk, or whatever you want to get more kcals in and be more satisfying.
    2. Try out a MRP like Snytha 6. Taste is bomb, and it's much more filling then whey.
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    There is nothing wrong with whey, especially if you need to add protein to hit your macros for the day. It may not satisfy your hunger for to long. You mentioned that when you get hungry you snack on unhealthy foods. Why not bring healthy snacks to work?
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    I worked those dreaded 12 hour shift for years, best thing I can say is meal prep..cook up food before and plan a few days in advance. You can make a higher calorie shake by adding oats, honey, pb, etc or go the gainer shake route but I shears preferred cooking up a ton of chicken and buying a bunch of those instant rice that you pop in microwave and going that route
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    You can cook a TON of food and then bring it with you.

    OR you can look in a meal replacement shake or even make your own

    If you want to make your own find things that work well with your diet (pb, oats, honey, etc) Or you can buy a mass shake like Mass Gainz by IForce Nutrition that has a ton of nutrients and other things in it to help you keep your mass

    It all depends on your goals and your wallet
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    Originally Posted by mtpaquette View Post

    I would suggest one of two things:

    1. Make a shake using oats, peanutbutter, fruit, milk, or whatever you want to get more kcals in and be more satisfying.

    2. Try out a MRP like Snytha 6. Taste is bomb, and it's much more filling then whey.
    Recommend bold above. You can make it healthier than buying something, can also add in honey.
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    Originally Posted by mtpaquette View Post
    It is, but whey tends to not be very filling. It also isn't necessary as a "post-work out". Just use it as needed to hit your macros. Timing serves little to no relevance, and especially for some who works out versus high level competitive athlete.

    I would suggest one of two things:

    1. Make a shake using oats, peanutbutter, fruit, milk, or whatever you want to get more kcals in and be more satisfying.
    2. Try out a MRP like Snytha 6. Taste is bomb, and it's much more filling then whey.
    These are good options. You can also look at meal prepping something quick you can eat or a protein bar. I'd place more emphasis on the meal prepping simply because I'm a believer in whole foods being much more filling and satisfying than supplements. But a bar or blended shake like mtpaquette mentioned would be alternatives as well.
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    You could pack a quick and easy snack and do the meal replacement shake so you're kind of getting both worlds. That's what I would do if you don't like prepping a lot of food and taking it with you.
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    Whey is fine, though as mtpaquette stated, it's not very filling. And you'd also only be getting protein, without the other two macros. If you're on the go and can't sit down for 10 minutes to eat a prepared meal you made earlier (which would be the ideal scenario), I'd opt for a meal replacement instead (i.e. the aforementioned Syntha-6, Core MRP, Mass Gainz is a little higher calorie and tending more towards gainer but would work too, and if you're truly *skipping* the meals may be a better option anyway). Or you could stick with the whey and add a granola bar or something else along those lines.
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    I also work in the hospital. I find that it's easier to get down a liquid meal sometimes then a whole foods meal, because there are times when you don't have time to eat anything. I make a shake by mixing quick 1 minute oats, whey protein. I don't add anything else to it because I just want to slam my shake quickly and keep going. I try to get my fats from other meals when I get a lunch break and such.
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    Originally Posted by PaigeAlice View Post
    So I work in hospitality which means long hours, working through lunch and dinner. On weekends I often don't get to have my dinner until 11pm and end up so hungry or snacking on unhealthy foods. Is there a good supplement I can take as a meal replacement (would only take it 1-2 times a week). I have optimum nutrition whey which I use after workouts, but I wasn't sure if whey is a suitable meal replacement.
    I would opt for protein bars in your case.
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    Make your own MRP, Whey, Oats, PB, Banana all blended up..its alsoo a quick meal to make less than 5mins.

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    I wouldn't consider a protein shake a meal replacement. However you can add things to it such as milk, peanut butter, banana, oats etc to up the calories and make it a meal replacement
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