Its protein. Protein is used to build muscle.
Creatine is used for energy. It adds bulk through increased hydration.
So...exactly how is this supposed to be for lean muscle instead of bulk? And what's the difference?
edit: And yes, its one of the better tasting chocolate protein powders IMO.
Little pink friend, I do not think you are comparing comparable products. The GNC's around here offer plenty of protein powders that are comparable to NitroTech (ie..@110-150 Calories/serving w/ 21-24 grms of protein).
Are you working out? Without tearing down the muscles and forcing them to rebuild bigger and stronger, eating that stuff will just result in fat-gain, not muscle. You can eat all the protein of any type you want, even 100% of your diet if you want, but the muscle-mass gain will be minimal without strenuous workouts that stress your muscles. Of couse, you'll add some muscle-mass to your legs with weight-gain, regardless if it's fat or muscle, simply to carry that extra mass around.
I've just looked over the formulation for Nitro-Tech.
Calories - at 110 it's reasonable.
Protein - at 20g, it's dismally low. If you're serious about your lifting and you want to put on a lot of lean mass, you need to aim for 2.5 to 3.0g of protein/kg total mass on a daily basis. At 100kg (220#) you're* after 250 - 300g per day. You're not going to get that with 20g per shake.
*edit: I've got no idea what you weigh, so I picked an even kg mass for example.
SynthePro(tm) - Creatine. You wanna look big? Retain water.
Insulogen(tm) - Guar gum. Keeps the mail movin' when you're cramming down the protein.
Nitroxen (tm) - Glutamine. NEAA used in protein synthesis and as a digestion enhancer. Of their proprietary formulas, this might be the one I'd consider genuinely useful.
If you're looking at GNC for protein supplements, check out IsoPure Zero Carb.
- 0 carbohydrate
- 1g total fat / 0.1g saturated
- 50g protein
Last edited by CliftonGK1; 09-25-08 at 09:42 PM.
One must be careful to eat sufficient protein to maintain the "protein balance"; the amount of protein need for muscle-repair and synthesis, and no more. Contrary to popular bodybuilding myth that the extra protein is just flushed down the toilet, it's actually converted to fat. The actual amount of extra muscle-mass that's generated is more directly connected to your workout volumes and intensity than to protein-intake.
With varying degrees of workout intensity and volumes, you'll want to ingest protein to match what's needed to repair the worn-out muscles. The more intense and higher-volume the workouts, the more protein is needed, up to a point. However, the worn-out muscles are like a sponge, they'll only soak up enough protein to fill themselves for full-repair and a little more. You can't force 10-gallons of water into a hand-sized sponge. The extra protein will get converted to fat, which kinda washes out any extra muscle-mass you've gained. (JAP - Evaluation of protein requirements for trained strength athletes).