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RE: question.....shakeology vs whey protein shake
4/4/11 10:47 AM as a reply to 91284596.
I use Gold Standard Whey Protein and it's been working great. I have not used the Results and Recovery Formula or Shakeology, but additional information would be great!

Coaches!! Let us know what you think!!!???
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RE: question.....shakeology vs whey protein shake
4/4/11 1:11 PM as a reply to 0621Marine.
Okay, I'm not a coach, but here's my 2 cents:

Both Shakeology and protein powder are supplements, but they are intended for totally different uses. Protein powder is used to get additional protein into your diet (typically between meals) outside of the normal foods you eat. Why do this? Well, it can be hard getting all of the protein that your plan requires if you're busy (and who isn't)...I mean, who wants to carry around 3 oz. of chicken breast everywhere they go?

Shakeology, as I understand it, is used to get additional phytonutrients (plant concentrates) into your diet. Let's face it, we're supposed to be getting 9-12 servings of fruits and vegetables per day, and they're supposed to be from all different colors of the rainbow. How many people can say that they do that consistently? I try my best, and most of the time I do, but am I really sure that I'm not short-changing myself on important micro-nutrients? I say no. Now, I don't use Shakeology, but I do supplement with phytonutrients and can tell you that I definitely appreciate the value of doing so.

As for which to use, again, it depends on your goals. If you simply need to up your protein, I'd say whey powder is the ticket. I just make sure that I use a powder that (1) tastes good, (2) has as few ingredients as possible, and (3) mixes easily. However, if you find that you need to get more fruit/veggies in your diet, phytonutrient supplementation is the way to go. My only advice here would be to go organic if at all possible...when you pulverize and concentrate plants, you're also concentrating the chemicals and pesticides used on them (yuck).

Hope that helps some.
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RE: question.....shakeology vs whey protein shake
4/4/11 2:42 PM as a reply to TheBandit27.
Protein powder can be used between meals, and also added in meals. I add it to oatmeal, protein pancakes (Insanity recipe), and add sometimes add it to Shakeology.

Dito on the veggie intake. And even if you are taking in a lot of veggies, it's a bonus. I do use Shakeology, plus, eat a lot of veggies. I have veggies with omelet for breakfast, or on an egg sandwich. At lunch, I usually have veggies, either a big salad, or veggie burger, turkey burger with lettuce/tomato. And a few times a week I have celery/carrot sticks for snacks.

I'd agree also on which to choose. If you're just low on protein, use protein. Or, bump up your protein intake during the day, add a little here and there during meals. I like 2-4 oz of chicken with my omelet, not always, but on days that I've pushed it in the workout.
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RE: question.....shakeology vs whey protein shake
4/4/11 3:23 PM as a reply to spydor.
With your numbers, you definitely don't need a meal replacement. In fact, it looks like you need another meal. If you're burning 2000, a 700 calorie deficit isn't too bad. If you're burning 3000 calories, and only taking in 1300, that is way too low.

I would look at adding in an extra meal, or increase calories on a snack. How long have you been going at that rate, and are you not bonking? What program(s) or other exercises are you doing to burn the calories? And what is your goal, weight loss, gain, tone, combo, other?
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RE: question.....shakeology vs whey protein shake
4/4/11 8:09 PM as a reply to spydor.
Alright, now you've sparked my curiosity, in my own abilities. I'm not interested in a vegan diet, but may give vegetarian a go, for a month or so. My stomach is getting grumpy just thinking about it now.

I already eat mostly clean. Rarely red meat or pork, regularly chicken, turkey and fish. But I do like tofu, beans, and whey, so could get protein there. I've just started reading Tony Horton's book Bring It, and I know it has some meal plan in it. He's vegetarian, so I'm guessing the recipes may be also. I like a challenge, so maybe....

I still think that's too much of a calorie deficit to be able to crush the workout, and still have energy through the day. But it sounds like you know your body well enough to know what works for you.
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