If you’ve ever heard the news or read a magazine, you may have heard a lot about meal replacement shakes. These are also called muscle building supplement shakes and they get a bad shake in the media. It is important to understand why because these muscle building shakes are essential for your body building goals.
When you hear bad things about these shakes, it is usually tied to someone who has replaced all of their normal meals with the shakes, essentially nothing more than a liquid diet. This is not healthy for any person for any reason, and that is why muscle building supplement shakes have gotten a bad name.
In the sensible world of bodybuilding, serious bodybuilders understand that you need a nice combination of solid foods and liquids. The liquids actually have their place. First, the muscle building supplement shakes are usually water based and are often bought in powder form and mixed with water. Water is important because water transports the nutrients, including protein, to and through the muscles.
Second, liquid shakes are very practical in a very busy world. People no longer have time to cook the meals that give them the nutrients they need, and these nutrients, especially protein, are essential for bodybuilding.
In addition, bodybuilders have a one-hour window after training to eat a meal of carbohydrates and protein to promote muscle growth and slow or stop muscle breakdown. This is not enough time to take a shower, change clothes, come home and cook a meal … or even go to a restaurant to order a meal. Therefore, they come to their training with a shake in hand after training and consume this shake immediately after training – and often before taking a shower.
These muscle building shakes have another purpose. You see, bodybuilders typically have to eat six meals a day. That’s a lot of food … and a lot of cooking. Meal replacement shakes (muscle building supplement shakes), like most people, allow you to eat three actual meals a day and consume muscle building supplement shakes three times a day.
This is particularly useful for people who have work and cannot just leave work to go out to eat. Instead, you can take a sip during your break, at your desk, or when you change school. Without these muscle building shakes, many bodybuilders simply would not be able to eat the six meals a day required to prevent muscle loss.
So before you hear the media hype about the dangers of meal replacement, shakes, which are indeed muscle-building supplement shakes, realize that it depends on how you use them, whether these shakes are good for you or not. If you use them to completely replace solid foods, it is bad. However, if you use them alongside solid foods, you’re doing the right thing.
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