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05-16-2013, 07:32 PM
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Protein is only part of a nutritional plan. As stated, it's in food. It's simply a (macro)nutrient.

Take the time and effort to learn about proper athletic nutrition instead of just "taking protein", or you'll end up looking (no offense, just sayin' the obvious) like any other goof out there who just "takes protein" and does nothing else for himself as far as a proper nutrition plan is concerned.

That's advice coming from someone who's been a hockey player-turned-bodybuilder-turned-hockey player. I've also put in some time as a sports nutritionist through the years though have moved on to bigger and better things. Case in point, learn your body and how to feed it. Supplements only supplement your nutritional intake.

edit: a better focus would be on what your goals are. Certainly protein will most always be useful, but if you're (for instance) expecting to add some serious size/weight based on a couple shakes per day or so, then that's where most people find their issues. They expect magic, as if such a case existed or it were as simple as that the gym wouldn't be full of people who never see progress. Anyway, what'cha looking to get out of it?

For a quick answer, the best thing you can do is just eat, clean healthy foods, and a lot of them at that. You'll get more out of that than just a protein supplement. And FWIW the "weight gainer" supplements are just calories (which you could otherwise get from food) crammed into a powdery mix to make it easier to consume. IF you ate the same amount of calories at a protein/carbs/fat ratio similar to what's found in those things, you'd see the same results. That said, I don't necessarily feel they're bad because of this; Only that they're not necessary at all. In a pinch, to get over a hurdle, to help with a killer schedule, etc. are all fine enough reasons to bring something like this into the mix. One thing I'll recommend though is that you'll do yourself far, far, far more benefit if you put some effort into eating high amounts of calories from solid, nutritious foods and "teaching" your body to be able to physically eat it. Drinking them is so simple, but actually eating those numbers of calories is another feat. Not only are whole foods better for you as a whole, but once you're off a weight/muscle gain kick it'll help a lot with satiety and not relying on drinks which leave you feeling hungry and so forth.

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