-Started being a vegetarian 2.5 weeks ago.
-I eat very unhealthy, but I did so even before I became a vegetarian. Now I just don't have to kill animals to do it.
-Every April I get membership at a local gym
-This year I'm considering getting a protein supplement to help my workout/gain muscle.
This year it may be even more important because I don't know if I am getting enough protein. I used to get way more than I needed, but now that I'm vegetarian, I'm unsure. I basically have no idea how much protein I'm supposed to be getting, or that I even actually am getting.
So lets just assume I am not getting anywhere near enough. Will drinking one of those workout protein shakes daily, after a workout, help me get what I need, or am I completely wrong?
One of those protein shakes would probably give you more than enough, which isn't necessarily a good thing.
You can figure out what you are getting from plugging what you eat into a site like Fitday.com or Nutridiary.com. It'll set your mind at ease when you see for yourself exactly how much nutrition you are getting from your foods.
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But if you're just doing a normal level of exercise, I wouldn't worry about it. You only need about 50 grams of protein a day, and that's not hard to get at all. Before you add them in, you might want to figure out how much protein you're getting in a typical day.
I know a lot of people have issues with high-protein diets, but it's working for me, and my progress is being carefully supervised.
I work out a lot and particularly focus on weight lifting. I eat Clif Bars (the Builder Bars = 20 grams of protein) like they're going out of style. Today for instance I lifted for two hours so I ate a Clif Bar before I went and one when I got home, had a Tofurkey Italian Style Sausage and soup for Lunch and I was looking at about 80 grams of protein by lunch time. By the end of the day I'll be topping of at 95-100 grams of protein. I certainly wouldn't worry about taking in this much protein if I weren't feverishly working out all the time. Every now and then I take 5 days to a week off from the gym and during those times I typically take in about half that amount of protein. I thought about protein shakes before, but I have no problem getting enough protein through my diet (and I'm a Vegan) for my body to recover and build muscle so I figured why bother?
It's great that you're looking out for the vegan type of bars but are you aware that they are not gluten free? I use a vegan/gluten free protein powder & make my own protein bars (no bake ) Since you said you eat them like they are going out of style, maybe going this route would be cheaper for you?