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A 44-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to drink protein shakes without working out?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Lance Ashworth
General Practice 21 years experience
Yes: Just remember that a protein has 4 cal/gram. If it is not burned it will be stored as fat. But when a person is cutting calories a macro-nutrient enriched shake is very helpful and will help prevent muscle breakdown and general malnutrition. Be sure that the manufacturing process is good or proteins can become denatured and useless. You have to exercise even if it is just walking, it is vital!

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A 31-year-old member asked:

Would drinking protein shakes help when you want to start working out?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Palumbo
Sports Medicine 36 years experience
May help w/ recovery: Taking supplemental protein is most effective in the first 20 to 30 minutes after a workout. Don't forget, fluid replenishment is very important as well.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What to do if i started working out and drinking protein shakes and my belly got bigger! what do I do?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Ronald Krauser
A Verified Doctoranswered
Rheumatology 53 years experience
Not related: I doubt it was due to either of those 2 things.
A 33-year-old member asked:

How safe is it to take protein shakes?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Safe unless...: Unless your kidney function is low, or you have renal tubular acidosis. Otherwise safe and healthy.

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