Originally Answered: Protein Shake Diet Help?
First off, it's fantastic that you're getting in shape.
I'm an exercise physiology major, so I can help you out some.
1. don't train the same muscle groups every day, your muscles need time to grow and regenerate, so you need to take at least one day off from working out one particular group.
- sounds like that's what you're doing, so definitely keep that up
2. Try taking a day off or at least doing very light exercises one day, like just walk or do light jogging on your day off, you're body and muscles need to rest, so they can grow faster and so that you don't feel fatigued. don't overwork your body too much.
3. add cardio to your regime --- it gets your heart in shape and helps you burn fat. When you lift weights you're building muscle mass, but not burning a significant amount of fat (indirectly yes, but everyone needs cardio---it gets the job done).
4. i know this might surprise you, but you need to add carbs to your diet, your body derives its energy from carbs. But eat healthy carbs and get lots of fiber (makes you feel fuller) --- eat whole wheat products (whole wheat bread, oatmeal, whole wheat pasta, etc)
5. you can't survive off of protein shakes alone (this is unhealthy), your body needs other nutrients. also, too much of anything isn't good! eat fish for omega-3, drink water, take one-a-day multivitamins. if you want to decrease your calories (you still need them for energy tho ---- then maybe try a more vegetarian diet but add chicken (protein) and fish. I say add chicken because you need to alternate with that and your shakes. also, peanut butter and almond butter have lots of protein, but you can find other foods with protein too, diversify your protein intake.
6. Make sure the supplements you're taking are FDA approved (it'll be on the jar somewhere ---- usually in fine print --- go figure lol). Dietary products must say if they are or aren't FDA approved, so it's definitely on there. I say to get FDA approved products because if it's not approved by the FDA all sorts of crap could be in there that you shouldn't be taking. FDA approved is safer anyway.
7. If you continued your current regime, you'll be put too much stress on your body and you'll start to suffer sooner or later and if you lose too much weight too fast, you'll have saggy skin for sure. Definitely diversify your diet to provide your body with the nutrients it needs to keep you healthy. I say you should reach your goal in like 6-8months ( I know it seems like forever, but it's the healthiest way).