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Old 06-23-2010, 03:20 PM   #9
Chris Mason
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Re: Protein Shake or Meal Replacement Shake?

Originally Posted by Mike McGee View Post
As always Katherine, you nailed it. David, you have to eat. Shakes are great to fill that immediate need for after exercise, but within an hour or so you'll need to eat. If I had to choose between the two, I'd pick real food. Can you pack a lunch? You can drink the shake, then eat it at break or while working.

I agree with what Mike said above in that I recommend a shake within 30-40 minutes of training, immediately if possible, followed by a real meal about an hour after the shake.

As you mentioned my product Opticen, I can tell you I purposely formulated (actually reformulated) it to be a PWO shake (mixed in water). It has what I consider to be an excellent combination of protein, carbs, and fats to provide the resistance trained individual everything they need PWO.

You certainly could have food in lieu of the shake. I recommend shakes for convenience and the possibility they will be slightly more quickly absorbed.
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