I've always been very serious about athletics, and devoted (occasionally fanatical) to weightlifting and working out. Â For whatever reason, though, I've never been a supplement guy. Â I dabbled in creatine for a while, but wasn't a big fan. Â Other than that, it's been au naturel. I've given some thought lately to moderate use of protein shakes/bars/supplements. Â Here are my things to consider: - I'm trying to maintain lean, well-defined muscle. Â As has been mentioned in this forum many times, think Tyler Durden in Fight Club (or, at biggest, a Mens Health cover model) as the archetype or the ideal physique. Â Understanding that protein helps add muscle (which in turn adds weight), I'd still like not to pack on too much bulk as I'm happy at my current weight. - I work out late during weekdays (9pm-11pm) because of job time constraints. Â I'm usually hungry when I'm through and, if it were earlier, would be inclined to eat. Â I have friends that take protein supplements after workouts, but I'm not sure if doing so shortly before bed is advisable. - The less supplementation, the better. Â One shake or bar or something clustered around my workout would be the ideal. So, the question to all of you (Buddah and GQ Lawyer come to mind, but I know there's others) is whether you'd recommend a particular protein supplement that meets these criteria. Â Or do my timing and not-too-much-bulk considerations mean it's better to avoid protein supplements altogether? Â Thanx in advance.
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4/15/02 at 7:03pm