Casein (ON) vs. Blend (ON Pro-Complex)
I was wondering what you guys would suggest as a better protein for my situation.
My dimensions: 5 foot 9 inches tall, 170 pounds, more body fat than I would like, but my current goal is putting on as much muscle as I can. If I was ANY sort of cut I would say I'd weigh 150-155. All of my extra body fat is concentrated in my belly and my legs, so while I am wearing clothes I appear very well proportioned and fit. For additional perspective, I supplement with creatine, have been since I started lifting again. I went from 160 to 170 in about 6-8 weeks while taking it. My lifts all increased dramatically.
Currently, I use ON's 100% Casein as a snack during the day, usually in-between meals. Sometimes if my schedule dictates, I will use it as a meal replacement. It is always mixed with a heaping spoon full of Trader Joe's Natural Peanut Butter, and on days I am not working out, I will add 5g creatine as well (I supplement 10g of creatine per day). I always use milk to mix it.
At first, I bought it to drink before bed. However, because I work out at night (get to the gym between 9 and 10 and my workout lasts about 1.5 hours) my last meal of the day comes extremely close to when I sleep (maybe 1.5 hours, even closer on some days if I'm running late and arrive at the gym later than I'd like). That being the case, I no longer use it for that purpose.
Since I am about to run out, I am wondering if the Pro-Complex by Optimum Nutrition would be a better choice for me when I go back to the store for a new tub. Again, I will use it for purposes of a snack or meal replacement in the afternoon or early evening, if I need to eat and cannot, for whatever reason, take in a solid meal.
Thank you for your responses.
Casein is a slower absorbing protein and may be useful for before bed but honestly I don't think you need to really worry about details like that. Sounds like you could stand to clean up your diet in general.
Get your diet in check, and then start adding supplements to really reach your full potential.
I'm not sure it would really matter. I normally use whey and mix it with milk. The main thing is to stick with a decent brand (ON is fine) and make sure what you are doing is cost-effective.
Your routine and diet are going to make a LOT more difference than your particular type of protein.
Personally I think caesin is over rated in general, but to each their own.:WEIGHT~13:
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