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    I have 3 buffet meals with lots of protein available to me at college. Will eating whole food (tuna/cottage cheese) vs drinking a whey shake affect my muscle gain and or recovery??

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris9394 View Post
    I have 3 buffet meals with lots of protein available to me at college. Will eating whole food (tuna/cottage cheese) vs drinking a whey shake affect my muscle gain and or recovery??
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    It might not effect muscle gains but it can effect body composition.

    I find the more whole food sources I use, as opposed to shakes, the better my body reacts.

    Shakes have their place but shouldn't be solely relied upon for meals imo.

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    Just eat protein and don't overthink it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ape McGrapes View Post
    Just eat protein and don't overthink it.
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    You absorb the whey within 30minutes so it is more beneficial directly after your workout. But should be followed up by a hole food meal.

    I do a shake right after my workouts and then an hr later eat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mp859 View Post
    You absorb the whey within 30minutes so it is more beneficial directly after your workout. But should be followed up by a hole food meal.

    I do a shake right after my workouts and then an hr later eat.
    This man has a good plan, covering all his bases. I would say that as long as you eat 1-3 hrs afterward, emphasizing protein and whatever else fits your goals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mp859 View Post

    I do a shake right after my workouts and then an hr later eat.
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    Ultimately its what works best for you. Like montego above, he reacts better to whole food sources where for me it doesnt matter if i eat a whole meal or drink a shake with oatmeal after a workout.

    In the grand scheme of things if you drink a shake and eat carbs or an actual whole meal its not going to make a huge difference.

    The main thing is being consistent finding out what works for you and hitting your macros day in and day out.
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    At the end of the day, it really all comes down to the total amount of protein ingested. I prefer whole foods post workout as opposed to shakes depending on whether I'm bulking or cutting. If im dieting ill use whole food as i need the satiety it provides, if im bulking ill use a shake followed by a food meal.

    Either way, if whole food is easier for you, just eat that. The difference made wont be ground breaking one way or another.
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    I drink a Protean shake right after my workout, then about 15-20 minutes later eat a meal...but thats only because thats when the meal done, i would think if you ate anywhere within the first hour of your shake then your good
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    I drink Isotean or Protean right after a workout and then go straight home (usually) and eat a large meal. I think it is beneficial to have both because the powder will start working quickly until you can get some whole foods in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by laneanders View Post
    I drink Isotean or Protean right after a workout and then go straight home (usually) and eat a large meal. I think it is beneficial to have both because the powder will start working quickly until you can get some whole foods in.
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    Another good reason. I like to cram 100+ grams of protein in the post workout 'window' and always have powder in my bag and a meal at home. Done it both ways and this has always worked better.. It's the only reason I use protein powder ever.
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    I use to have 1 shake a day post workout and 5-6 whole food meals. Recently I wanted to try an experiment by eating all of my meals w/ whole foods without the use of shakes or bars. I can safely say that after 2 months, I noticed that I am less bloated, I lost bodyfat, and I did not lose any muscle mass. I used to buy 1 tub of whey protein a month and now I have it in my kitchen for that "last minute meal prep" in case I am running late or have a shake to hold me off until I return home. Give whole foods a try if you can.. I feel much better
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    I found switching to an Isolate after my workouts instead of whey has helped a lot with bloat. I use Isotean after my workouts and then when I get into work I have a whole meal, and then another one 1 hr after that. Seems to be working well for me after 11 months of doing things this way.
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    Well I've been on a cut as well and a lot of the time I'd prefer some eggs, cottage cheese, and oatmeal over whey water and cereal
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    i don't think anyone could argue that protein powder is as good as whole food....but if your like me, the drive home from the gym if traffic is bad or i hit all the stop lights could take me 15 minutes...a Protean shake for the ride home really helps and at least could hold me over a bit until my food is done when i get home
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    I personally prefer a shake post workout, mainly just to have something in my system but not have that something feel like it is weighting me down. Personal preference really at the end of the day.
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    Exactly. The studies are already done. If you're already in a positive nitrogen balance via whole food hours prior, you're g2g, but I can't be convinced that 50 of easily digestable whey w some sugars and a large balanced meal within the next hour isn't EXACTLY what I need. It's the most critical feeding of my day and I won't take any chances with it...
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    After a workout I drink Isotean or Protean immediately. Then I go to work and about 45min after my shake I will have a meal
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mp859 View Post
    You absorb the whey within 30minutes so it is more beneficial directly after your workout. But should be followed up by a hole food meal.

    I do a shake right after my workouts and then an hr later eat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by T-Bone View Post
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