Protein shakes contain protein isolates, creatine(sometimes) and bits of nitric oxide along with BCAA's such as leucine and glutamine.
To gain muscle, the body needs to consume protein, as this is the essential amino acid that carries the best "fuel" for your muscle fibers. When your body consumes it, it prevents the body from using the muscle as fuel and accesses its storage of carbs and glycogen to burn as fuel. If you're trying to gain muscle or mass of any kind, you would want to consume about 1-1.5 grams of protein per pound.
Protein can be consumed pre-workout for energy along with nitric oxide such as Nano Vapor, or fruits like pomegranates and grapefruits and post-workout when the body needs to replenish the lost protein, carbs, and glycogen that you just burnt off. Before workout, you should consume around 30-45g, and after, about 45-60g. Keep in mind, you should always get protein from foods and not supplements like shakes and meal replacement wheys. These are only "supplements" and not a great habit to replace them with consecutive meals. You can try to cycle them how I do which goes like: meal, shake, meal, shake, meal, shake. I also tend to consume both at once, but this is dependent on your daily intake.
Beginners should start consuming about 50g a day, and once your body gets accustomed to it, go for higher numbers. It took me several weeks to go from 60g to 210g a day. Reason why I say start off slowly, is because protein that does not get digested gets stored as fat(not a lot), or can actually cause constipation. Once you begin to consume vast amounts of protein like bodybuilders and extreme athletes(150g-400g), your diet should be filled with dark vegetables to digest these proteins.
If you drink protein, do some exercises to put those proteins to good use for the muscle fibers to grow, also, protein can aid in fat-loss because the body expends more energy digesting proteins than carbs. Don't do those "low-carb" diets though, unless you understand how they work, because carbs = energy for the body, so no carbs = very weak body = mood swings.
Some great protein shakes for beginners:
*Muscle Milk (variety of flavors from Cake Batter to Banana Creme)
Ok, thank you. To reply; I am not an overweight person, acctually I am quite thin, I just had a baby a year ago and am dealing with awful weight loss after that birth, as well am battling the baby buldge and have not been able to get rid of that so I thought I would start drinking protein to give me a little boost. I am going to the gym,a approx 2-3 times per week (unable to go any more than that) Even though its only 3 times a week should i still have one shake per day or just after workouts? Thanks so much.
Protein is the building block of muscle. The shakes are used after hard workouts with the combination of fast-absorbing carbohydrates to replenish the muscles of lost glycogen and to aid in recovery and rebuilding. In some of these cases, there are also other supplements thrown into the mix, such as creatine, glutamine and nitric oxide.
Even if you go for 3 days a week, or 3 times of any day, you still need to consume proteins. I would suggest consuming something solid before a workout, like a chicken breast, and then getting a protein shake after your workout. You can also just consume both protein shakes before and after. You should consume 1-2 shakes a day.
its a SUPPLEMENT, it does have magical ingredients that make you stronger, stick to whole foods, u only need those if u arent gettin in enough protein
protein helps you heal your muscles faster, because when you work out you are tearing your muscles and protein helps it grow back faster and bigger
I don't think it's the shake that does the work. I think you have to work out, or atleast exersise everyday to built up mucle.
Yes, I am excercising as well
cuz there is protein in it.