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    totalidedicated is offline In Orientation
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    Will I gain weight drinking protein shakes?

    I am currently trying to lose some fat - am working out 6 days a week alternating weights, cardio, etc. I am a female but may not be getting enough protein - will the protein shakes make it harder for me to lose lbs?
    should I make them with water, milk or what? If I add a banana, or a tablespoon of natural pb, Im afraid Ill gain. Is this true? I have the Whey, chocolate with extremely low sugar content.

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    trainerty is offline Second Set
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    I believe you should look into nutrition deeper than you are. You need to build a basic foundation of understanding nutrition. One way is to check out this forum for sticky info on nutrition.

    No protein whey will not make it harder to lose fat. Then again "aidos" everything in moderation.

    Please be more specific with your diet and workout routine to get better answers.

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    totalidedicated is offline In Orientation
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    more info...

    my workout is split - Mon-chest, shoulders, tris - 30 min cardio
    Wed -back, bis, legs - 30 min cardio
    Tues/Thurs/Sat 1 1/2 hrs cardio - abs
    Fri - butt 30 min cardio
    Sundays off

    My diet:
    breakfast-scrambled egg whites, 1/2 banana (or oatmeal w/ sugar free syrup)
    snack - light yogurt w/2 tbl grapenuts
    lunch - salad, light dress w/ chicken or turkey
    snack - 1 oz raw almonds, fruit
    dinner - chicken, salad, veggie
    snack - plain popcorn, or fruit
    I'm working really hard to finally look the way I want to. I am 42 yrs. old, athletically built(always played sports and very active) 5'1" weigh 140 lbs my goal is to weigh approx 125-130 lbs.

    Where could I implement a protein shake? Thanks for your help. Ive been on this routine for approx. 2.5 months and as I have seen some muscle growth, I havent lost any weight(inches Ive lost)so Im figuring it is my nutrition and am doing my homework there - I eat no sugar and no white flour or white pastas or white bread, but thought I would lose some weight by now? Are protein drinks best pre or post workout? Thats why I am inquiring.
    Last edited by totalidedicated; Mar. 07/07 at 12:22 PM.

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    stingo is offline Cheesy Rack Guy Wannabe
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    I'd suggest getting a body fat percentage measurement taken and basing your goal on that. It's a much better metric to determine your progress, especially if you're adding muscle and your weight is not changing.

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    tonymcclellan is offline Super Moderator
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    Quote Originally Posted by totalidedicated View Post
    my workout is split - Mon-chest, shoulders, tris - 30 min cardio
    Wed -back, bis, legs - 30 min cardio
    Tues/Thurs/Sat 1 1/2 hrs cardio - abs
    Fri - butt 30 min cardio
    Sundays off
    I think you should also switch to a fullbody routine. You have two days of weights and three days of dreadful cardio for 1 and a 1/2 hours? I dont even know what butt day is.

    Full body workouts, try HIIT for cardio. You wont gain weight from protein shakes if you stay within your goal calories for the day.

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    totalidedicated is offline In Orientation
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    Trainerty - Ha! Butt day is my back side and lower half - glutes etc! So actually I have 3 days of weights and three of dreaded cardio. I was doing a full body routine but was so spent leaving the gym and the rest of the evening, that I thought maybe I could split it up and that way incorporate a tad bit more of cardio? Im new at this and appreciate all of these suggestions! I know it is a matter of finding what works best for me so your input really helps me shoot in the right direction! So in your opinion what is best? Full body workouts, or split?
    It seems to be kind of a split decision from all the reads on the forum, just confused as to which way to go! Thanks for any other input you may have for me! I DO appreciate it very much!

    Stingo - I will do that, maybe Ill see changes there which will make me feel like Im getting somewhere! Thanks for the suggestion!

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    Full body is the way to go. Splits are ok for some people, but for the average person, full body is more beneficial.

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