OK, so has anyone else noticed the ridiculous cost of protein powder lately? Absolutely absurd, and it's a tough call between saving money and spending enough to actually get a decent protein supplement!
I’ve tried a ton of different brands of protein powder throughout the past 25 years I’ve trained. I think the worst one is that shit Body-tech brand Walmart sells.
The best protein powder is Dymatize Elite in my opinion!
Muscle Milk is one of the worst, it's loaded in saturated fat (and you wondered why it tastes so good, LOL). You won't be getting that lean while using Muscle Milk, enjoy that nice baby smooth layer you’ll have! Sure, it tastes good, but it simple has too much saturated fat for me!
I always looked smoother using it as well. MHP “up your mass” not bad for someone trying to pack on some bulk, if time is an issue and money is not, it's a good protein supplement to use!! It's a decent amount of calories per shake and it'll help increase your overall caloric intake and nutrients.
MET-Rx has some halfway decent bars but definitely check the sugar on them. They have a couple of them that have about as much sugar as a soda, stay away from that. But some of them are a pretty good meal replacement substitute, just watch the sugar in a few of them.
MET-Rx RTD (ready to drink) protein shakes in the can are awesome! They are super low in carbs, about 50 grams of protein and taste pretty good. If you are looking for a RTD I would go for this one first.
OK, if you're serious about training and you can get in most of your meals on a daily basis then I’d opt for no protein powder at all, go for liver tabs.
Also, don't buy into this bullshit about 1-2 grams/lb of body weight to grow.
That has never been scientifically proven and you guys are worrying over nothing. I find .6-.8 grams per lb. to be very sufficient. If you doubt me I urge you to try an experiment.
Drop all of your protein shakes, and just use liver tabs. Take your meals down to 3-4 meals/day instead of your usual 6 meals/day plan. I want you to do this for 4 weeks, you’d be shocked that with a clean diet and 100 grams/day less protein with no protein powder, you're going to look better!!
You will be dryer, leaner, tighter, more vascular, and you’ll probably see your abs better. Now go get on the scale, I’m guessing you didn’t lose much weight, you just re-compositioned your body. You held most, if not all of your muscle. And yes, all with no BS protein shakes, no 6 meals everyday, and no counting grams of protein!
One thing that is constantly a challenge for most people trying to look good is balancing work, diet and training together in a manageable way. It's tough when it takes work and money to maintain expensive grocery shopping and supplementation when time is tight.
Therefore, don't always consider yourself a failure if you need to supplement a meal with something. If you are just lazy that's a different story, but many of us have things in life going on and supplementing a diet with protein powders and/or meal replacements is a hell of a lot better than eating garbage!
TRAIN HARD!- JD