I'm in a slump too TJ... I can't workout due to surgery. It's amazing how beneficial exercise is to sleeping. Last night, I hit the bed just before 10:30p.m. and didn't get to sleep until almost 3a.m. I KNOW it's due to my inability to exercise and hopefully I won't look like Christian Bale in the Machinist by the end of this recovery... I've already lost 5 or 6 pounds in a week and a day.
I agree with you, Infamous, that the protein shakes can be bad in some ways. I definitely don't recommend them unless someone's objective is bulking. I stopped drinking them as much earlier in the summer because I wanted to enter more of a leaning and conditioning phase... it has worked very well.
Now I have to get strong for the season...!!!
Thank you! Because a lot of people argue with me day in and day out and they swear by these protein shakes and supplements and they can't live without it etc etc. Unless you dont have time to eat protein and drink some calcium after a workout, then yes these shakes will be beneficial to you, but you must use it as a meal replacement! All the extra protein your body doesn't need turns right into adipose tissue...a.k.a FAT!
One protein shake I use (as a meal replacement) is optimum nutrition. You are getting straight protein without all the other crazy stuff thats in these things. Mix it with half low fat milk, half water, and you got yourself a pretty nutritous shake...Professionals are now saying that calcium after a workout is just as important as protein, if not more.
So I have been thinking....I am trying to build my quad back up (it atrophied terribly) you guys think if I increased my protein it would help??
Yes it would help with recovery time after a workout, but my suggestion to you would be to add some flax seed oil to your diet as well. Yes sounds gross, but just take a deep breath, hold your nose and swallow it. Or you could just eat flax seeds (make sure they are ground flax seeds first or your body wont be able to digest it). Both of these natural foods are great for healing muscles and any injuries. Flax seed oil is also great for your joints. Look it up...It has so many health benefits! I know people think of bones when they hear calcium, but just like I said before, its also extremely important to your muscles as well. So take some calcium supplements also. Good luck!