Protein shake has 975 calories!
Is there's a special recipe adapted to women for the protein shake? As soon as I started taking it I got fatter the next morning. Then I found out it had 975 calories, which is 450 calories for breakfast alone, plus my breakfast, no wonder! Anyway, should I be skipping breakfast altogether and just having the protein shake? Or should I cut back on some of the ingredients?
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Good question, that mostly depends on your daily caloric needs. You seem small, so I would definitely adjust the recipe as follows:
2 cups of milk (or 1 cup milk, 1 cup kefir)
2 TB of almond butter
That should shave off a good 240 calories. Now you should be able to have your normal breakfast. Also at night, there will be less chance for unused calories to convert into fat.
A 975 calorie protein shake is ridiculous and many males weighing twice your mass would put on weight with this kind of caloric intake. Although it's healthy, its definitely too much.
The problem is with your protein shake brand selection. A simple all Whey shake should do the trick. I've been lifting for years and have gone through the list of proteins. The best for your buck is Optimum Nutrition's Gold Standard or Hydro Whey. Low calories and packed with protein, plus the taste is the best in the business.
One of these shakes has about 250 calories and little to no carbs or fats! MIX with WATER, it taste about the same with the Blender Ball and you'll get used to it.
I use a whey protein that is 120 calories a scoop. That will give you 24 grams of Isolate protein (Isolate proteins are 90% pure protein by weight). I add just a little more to give me my 30 grams. I always mix with water, never milk! I drink this as soon as I get up and then eat 2 eggs, beans and veggies around 3 hours later. Go to your local nutrition shop and ask the employee there for an Isolate Whey with low calories and check the label before you buy! I prefer nutrition shops ran by body builders because they seem to know a lot of information, just my personal preference.
Don't skip breakfast. You need to eat(not drink) a good breakfast to gain the muscle you're looking for. Also, if you're not already doing it, try to have the shake throughout the day, instead of trying to have it all in one shot. When it comes to your calories, the idea is to eat the amount you would need as the weight you plan to be. If you're a 140lb person, and want to be 150lbs, then you need to calculate the calories you need to eat for a 150lb. person and eat them throughout the day. As Tim had said in the book, if you eat all the calories by eating a few big meals, expect to gain some fat. However, once you get the muscel you want, just switch back to the normal SCD to drop that little bit of excess you gained. And, Good Luck.
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