A common question I get is how many protein shakes should somebody be drinking each day? This is a tough question to answer because it depends on diet, what type of shakes you are drinking and body type.
A lot of people believe that protein shakes alone make you stronger or build muscle. That’s just not true. The reason people drink protein shakes is to easilly get more protein into their daily diet without having to eat an entire meal full of calories. Protein shakes can be used as meal replacements and that can work very well for people as well.
Muscle tissue needs protein as a key building block for it to grow. Other nutrients (and water!) are also important as well, but protein is your most important muscular fuel.
In the end, the number of protein shakes you need each day all goes back to how much protein you want to take in every day. A lot of body builders try to have at least as many grams of protein per day as they do carbs. The average diet is very carbohydrate-heavy so protein shakes can help offset that ratio.
For me, I shoot for 40 percent protein, 40 percent carbs and 20 percent fats. Depending on my training and daily schedule, I’ll have between 1 and 3 protein shakes each day. On most days, I’ll have one protein shake between breakfast and lunch and then another shake in the afternoon between lunch and dinner. I’ll then have my final one post workout.
I like this because it helps keep me accountable between meals and I am able to avoid snacking on sugar. For me, having a “meal” between solid foods keeps my metabolism running at a faster rate. It took me several years of experimenting to find what my body responded to the best.
What’s the right amount of protein shakes for you to drink every day? That depends on all the factors above. Take a look at your macros and see how many calories you want to be consuming every day. Look at your ratio of protein/carbs/fats. Then look at how that ratio aligns with your current diet and schedule. Protein shakes are a great way to boost energy and carb intake during the day to keep you hitting your magic numbers every day. It helps keep what you are putting into your body consistent.