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Do I Need Protein Drinks If I Am Working Out?

If you are working out a few times a week for an hour or less each time, you probably don’t need additional protein. The protein recommendations for endurance athletes and strength-trained athletes are slightly higher; however, it’s possible to get adequate protein through diet alone.

If you are eating a variety of foods with enough calories to maintain your weight, you should be getting adequate protein and calories in your diet. Protein shakes or supplements are likely not needed. Protein supplements are no better or no worse than getting your protein from food, but they are typically more expensive and can lack nutrients that are found only in whole foods.

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