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Q&A: Protein Shakes for Muscle

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Q: For someone trying to gain a lot of weight in muscle, are protein shakes a good way to boost protein in your diet? — Toby, Pierre, SD

A: Yes, if you are trying to add lean muscle and avoid gaining body fat, protein shakes will help. You should still aim to get most of your protein from real food and use protein shakes to complement your diet.

Downing a protein shake after your workout can actually help your body recover faster from the stress of training by feeding your muscles and refueling your energy stores.

Aim to consume about 0.8 to 1.0 gram of protein for each pound that you weigh.

(0.8 to 1.0 g) x (Your Weight) = Daily Protein Intake

So, if you weigh 175 pounds, you should try to consume 140-175 grams of protein per day.

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