Hello I'm about to start using the p90x and I'm looking over the fat shredder menu and was wondering when it says protein powder is that meaning to drink a protein shake or what because that's got me confused of what it is meaning to do?

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    FYI: Protein powder/shakes are a supplement. You should be only drinking them if you are not getting enough protein through your diet.
    – John
    Apr 24, 2017 at 9:31
  • ^What he said. Don't see protein shakes as a meal or a replacement for a meal. You only want to use them in addition to your diet.
    – MJB
    May 24, 2017 at 9:21

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There's a more complete answer you can read up on, if you're interested.

A "protein shake" is exactly what you guessed: protein powder (typically whey) shaken up with liquid (typically water, sometimes milk). It's a quick, cheap, and convenient source of protein. Most people simply don't eat enough protein and to get the levels required for high intensity strength training it tends to be hard to beat.

"Real food" that fits your macronutrient and calorie goals is always going to be superior in the long run: your body needs more than a whey shake. But if you're ~50 grams short for the day a shake in the morning and one at night can be a convenient and easy way to solve the problem.


when it says protein powder is that meaning to drink a protein shake

Yes, drink a protein shake. You could try just dry swallowing the protein powder (I know a guy who used to do this), but I wouldn't recommend it.

  • downvote for sarcasm per chance?
    – Dark Hippo
    May 31, 2017 at 8:13

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