I recently have been experimenting with my diet habits. Last month I followed the slow-carb diet strictly, and lost about 10 pounds and 1.5 inches off my waist. I’m not a huge guy to begin with, so those results are really good. I’ll be sticking to slow-carb meals when convenient* but I’ve decided to focus on testing another principle from the 4 Hour Body by Tim Ferriss: consume 30g of protein within 30 minutes of waking. I’ll do this consistently every day for the month of August to test the effects.
When doing the diet using whole foods only, my breakfast would usually consist of 3-4 eggs, and maybe some refried beans or veggies if they were in the fridge, an hour or two after waking. I didn’t want to put a lot of effort into cooking in the morning. I couldn’t tell how much protein I was getting, and it was too late.
So, to fix both of these things, I decided to switch to pre-packaged protein shakes & protein bars. Not only do they have no prep time, they’re also clearly labeled with the exact amount of protein contained within. I’ve never really drank protein shakes in the past, so most of the ones I will be trying are new to me. I decided to share my thoughts on each of them, which you can see at the links below. I’ve kept each one brief and to the point, which is the way I think is most useful.
I rated them each on a 3-part 5 star scale for taste, texture, and protein content. For the first two: 1=bad, 2=meh, 3=ok, 4=good, 5=very nice. The protein content score is based on the percentage of protein, as well as the total amount of protein compared to the others.
The Protein Shake Reviews:
VPX Protein Rush: Vanilla Dream Score: 5, 5, 5
VPX Protein Rush: Chocolate Dream Score: 5, 5, 5
Muscle Milk: Vanilla Creme Score: 4, 5, 4
Muscle Milk: Chocolate Score: 3, 4, 4
Odwalla Protein Monster: Chocolate Protein Score: 5, 5, 5
Odwalla Protein Monster: Strawberry Protein Score: 5, 5, 2
Odwalla Protein Monster: Vanilla Protein Score: 4, 3, 3
Naked Protein Zone Score: 4, 2, 4
Bolthouse Farms Protein Plus: Mango Score: 5, 5, 5
Bolthouse Farms Protein Plus Strawberry Parfait Smoothie Score: 4, 4, 4
Bolthouse Farms Protein Plus: Chocolate Score: 5, 5, 5
Pure Protein Shake: Cookies ‘n Creme Score: 3, 4, 5
The Protein Bar Reviews:
Pure Protein Bar: Chocolate Deluxe Score: 3, 1, 4
Pure Protein: Blueberry Crumb Cake Score: 2, 2, 3
* The slow-carb diet is actually easy in most situations. Most of the time you can switch out the baked potato for vegetables, or get a mexican salad instead of enchiladas and noone will notice. The things that got to me were: no beer/alcohol on weekdays except wine (no happy hour with friends), I couldn’t accept certain foods if they were given to me (even if they were homemade), and I would sometimes have to persuade friends to go to a suitable restaurant (no pizza places). So, I’m abandoning the rules, but continuing to eat my “meat, beans & veg” if and when I can.