Can anyone help me with regards to protein supplements for women? I've been looking at starting to take protein supplements to help me tone up and if possible make my muscles work more efficiently and so improve my performance.
I've been going to the gym regularly now for about 3 years and I go 5 times a week doing a mix of cardio and weights. I'm in training to join the armed forces so it's important i reach a particular standard.
However i've always had to work hard at my fitness and know that it doesn't come as naturally and easily to me as it does to others so nutrition is an area of my fitness i need to work on to improve this.
Can anyone give me advice on products they've used and would reccommend or ones to avoid? any side effects? etc. I've been leaning towards Promax by Maximuscle as i don't really need to lose anymore weight so don't need the diet systems in the same range, and it isn't the severe 'bulking up' stuff that rugby players use.
I've used the Maxitone Definity range for a while. This is their brand aimed at toning. The shakes seem to do their job of assisting my muscles and helping with soreness after training as I predominately weight train as I want to be strong and toned. The only downside to this range is the taste. It's not that great. The protein bars which accompany the range are ok but only have 6g of protein in.
I was recommended the PHd Pharma Whey range which I now use. Major difference is the taste! The chocolate one tastes really good. I'm currently using the diet version but I only use it after my workouts 3 times a week so I can't really pass comment on the fat burning aspects of it as I've not noticed any but it makes a difference having something tastes good rather than having to neck a shake as fast as possible because it tastes rank!
I've decided that i'm going to use the scuptress capsules to lose that little bit of stubborn body fat on my tummy and top of my thighs and then i'm going to try the defnity shakes to define my muscles more, although if it tastes that awful Tooey i think i'll give PHd Pharma Whey a try or the Bodyism shakes as i'm a big fan of using as little artificial stuff in my diet as possible.
I'm doing my research thoroughly first because i'm not prepared to buy a big tub of the shake mix if it tastes disgusting. or makes me feel that way.
Any side effects any one felt btw?
I'd love to know how you get on with the products you're using. thanks for your help so far
My husband uses the PhD stuff a lot and I think he has just bought the 'diet' one. But he has gone back to 'nectar' as their ranges taste really really good.
I personally used to use slimfast for the best balance of protein and carbs for post-workout recovery. If you are working to intensity, then you'll burn the carbs off too. I was a big fan of the chocolate one with soy milk.
However, I do veer towards the natural approach. Dairy protein is supposedly the most effective for post-workout recovery, so scoff an egg or yoghurt perhaps? Or milk and a banana.
I've used the Maxitone range and its good, but Ive just started using Reflex diet protein in strawberry and its yum!!
Tastes so much better than the Maxitone ones.
I have had a table spoon sprinkled with my porridge this morning and managed an hour of spinning, 45mins aerobics and 45mins bodyatttack and not felt hungry once (only when i got home did i start to feel hungry but that was 2pm)
Going to try the Bio Synergy next and compare but at the moment the reflex one wins!!
I know people who have tried the diet whey's and have had good results so I decided to try it.
I like the look of the Promax Diet and the Sculptress ones but they are just far too expensive so I went for the Reflex Diet Protein shake instead. I did a lot of research into it and it turns out the Reflex pretty much contains the same as the Promax and PhD Diet Whey but with slightly higher concentration of CLA and the 'good stuff'. It cost a lot less too so decided to give it a go.I bought it off Amazon.
On day 2 of it and have had it for breakfast and the chocolate one is surprisingly nice and thick. Finding it fairly filling too.
<a href="http://www.zest.co.uk/localiser/member.asp?MemNo=416"><span style="color: #0099cb;">Sarah Normansell</a> - how long you been using the Reflex one?
I have been struggling with my weight for as long as I can remember. It’s not that I live that unhealthy but my busy schedule makes it hard to work out. My family from Belgium told me about a ‘miracle’ diet, the Pronokal diet program. They said that a Belgian minister Bart de Wever, who was clearly overweight started taking this diet and it looks like he had lost a lot of weight in no time. Because of his success a lot of Belgians started using it. Hearing this made me do some research about this diet. It is fair to say that I found a lot in the media about it. Bart De Wever, made a promise that he would start losing weight around Christmas. Also having a busy schedule, exercising daily was not an easy solution. He found out about the Pronokal diet program, who work with different food products but only by doctor’s prescription. It is fair to say that this diet worked for him, he already lost over 40 pounds. Though my research made me realize it is not that easy. You actually have to go to a doctor first, who checks if your liver and kidneys work optimal. This is due to the fact that during the Pronokal diet ketones are produced, which send signals to your brain that stills your appetite. They can be harmful for those who have bad working kidneys and liver. After the first doctor’s appointment you still need to pay some visits to the doctor, who follow you up and gives you the necessary prescriptions. Psychologists and dietitians help you throughout the process. Once you realize that it works, it’s not that hard to keep up with the diet program. Coming to the cost component of this miracle diet, we should admit that it is not cheap. You end up paying 7.5 pounds every day. But for me it was worth the cost, my goal was to lose 20 pounds, and now I already lost 23 pounds.My conclusion is that if you are able to put up the effort, the Pronokal diet program works fast and fine.
Well, there are different kinds of protein and they are good for different parts of the day. Whey protein is faster absorbing and is best just before and just after a weight workout, to help get the protein to the muscles fast for recovery. Casin protein is slower absorbing and is good at other times of the day to sustain. There is also soy protein, which I know less about, it's of course great for vegans that don't eat dairy, from which whey and casin are derived. Bottom line though is the best times are just before and after your workout, and take whey protein during those times. Also, oddly enough, even though whey protein is faster absorbing, it helps you feel full for longer. So it's good in that respect for weight loss as you won't get hungry again as quickly.
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