Meal Replacements with Whey Protein Shakes

August 21, 2008 · 9 comments

Whey Protein Shake

Back in the beginning of the year I wrote that I was using SlimFast as a part of my diet plan, mostly for snacks or meal replacements. At the time I knew it probably wasn’t the best approach since I have heard SlimFast has a lot of sugar, but I was familiar with the product and knew I liked the taste so I went with what I knew.

A few months ago I was contacted by Matthew Perry of Third Chance Fitness who suggested that rather than SlimFast that I should try whey protein shakes; in particular a brand his company offers called Muscle Memory. I’ll admit I was skeptical at first. I didn’t know anything about whey protein powder other than it seemed to come in these giant containers, which I think I had seen at GNC.

But after trading emails with Matthew I began to think I should give this stuff a try. For one thing a serving of Muscle Memory provided 21g of protein whereas the SlimFast was only providing 2g of protein. I tried to get a sample size bottle from Matthew but he explained they didn’t do samples – that in his experience it takes a week or two of trying the shakes before determining if your body could process it correctly. If he had given me a sample he was concerned I would like the taste but that it wasn’t a proper test. So I agreed to buy a bottle and give it a shot.

Since that time I have been slowly adding the whey protein shakes into my diet as a meal replacement. My recipe is a very simple one with just the addition of a banana, but Matthew has a number of interesting shake recipes on his website should you want to try a little variety. Because of the amount of ice I use my recipe actually ends up making two glasses full, and since it is thick it ends up being pretty filling.

The primary difference I have noticed between the SlimFast and the whey powder shake (they are both chocolate flavor, by the way) is that the whey powder shake is filling and keeps me feeling full for a much longer time, no doubt because of the protein.

I know some of my readers (well at least Mizfit) already incorporate whey protein shakes into their diet and I think if you haven’t already done so that you should give it a try.

If you would like to try the brand I use, Muscle Memory, buy it here for $29.50, which is on sale from the normal price of $41.39.

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PointSpecial August 21, 2008 at 4:59 pm

I’m looking to incorporate whey protein shakes back into my diet along with other “ABS DIET POWER” foods from Men’s health. I lost 10 pounds last fall without doing any working out at all in 1 month. Now I’m training for a 5k and I’m going to put the nutrition component back in as well.

Ruthie August 21, 2008 at 6:12 pm

Hey John!

I should be getting my first order tomorrow! I can’t wait to try it and some of the recipes!

Andrew is getting fit August 21, 2008 at 6:20 pm

I’d be a bit dubious about replacing a meal with a protein shake. I normally have one with one of my meals.

Julie August 21, 2008 at 9:49 pm

A whey protein shake is a great way to get a high protein meal for little cost. While a container of whey may seem costly, if you consider how many drinks it provides, compared to any other protein meal, it is pretty darn cheap. I drink two shakes every day. However, it can still be a high caloric drink. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who isn’t doing a good daily work out.

Flat Stomach Blog August 21, 2008 at 10:02 pm

Yeah I would be making sure you are doing some kind of workout, either cardio or muscle building while you are using the whey protein drinks.

I sometimes use it as a quick snack to fill me up but I am generally only using it before and after my gym sessions.

Miz August 22, 2008 at 8:05 am

I love my shakes and kinda beg to differ with FSB

it depends on the shake.

mine isnt a MASS BUILDER so would work fine for ANYONE working out or not.

Steve v4.7 August 22, 2008 at 10:25 am

I’ve been consistent in having a protein smoothie within one hour after my morning workout– every day. I believe it has helped me in my weight loss and conditioning effort (I’ve lost 153 pounds over the past 457 days). It’s the 1st of 6 meals I have each day. The remaining 5 are regular food.

3rd Chance Fitness August 22, 2008 at 1:03 pm

Yes Miz, I agree with you too. Whey protein shakes have been marketed by big companies for so long as just weight gainers…and the ones with low calories, etc. get bunched in with them all. Just like anything else though, read that label!

Julie August 26, 2008 at 11:13 pm

I still would use caution in taking whey if you do not workout and you want to lose weight. Whey is a dairy product. It is used to produce ricotta cheese. In fact, ricotta cheese is the best source for consuming whey.
If the calorie content is really low in the brand you use, I would question how much whey is actually in it. If you are looking for something that will help build muscle as well as help lose weight plus is low in calories, you might consider giving creatine a try.

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