This is one of the common debates between those that take whey protein shake with milk and those who prefer water because a bunch of good reasons...
which one is right? What do experts suggest?
Whey Protein Shake with Milk Vs. Water
Reading the labels we understand that we should take a whey protein shake with water or skimmed milk, but they don't tell us the difference, so here I just want to take a few minutes and try to clarify pros and cons of each.
Whether you should take it with one or the other it depends on your goal, and I mean whether you're trying to gain lean mass and lose fat, or gain muscle mass and weight in general.
Another thing you should consider is how your body reacts to milk.
I know people that are sensitive to milk, and when they mix it with a whey protein shake they become extra sensitive and can't digest it very well.
Milk Whey Protein Shake
You should consider this solution if you're trying to gain weight and don't care too much about calories. If you are a hardgainer, a skinny guy that needs to put on some weight, then you can go ahead with milk and consider adding in a weight gainer.
A cup of milk can add some more proteins and almost 200 calories that can be useful to your purpose of gaining weight.
But also remember that your body can absorb only a certain amount of protein at once, and if you exceed that amount then your body will just waste it and get rid of it with some...let's say...side effects.
When you take whey protein shake with milk the proteins are absorbed slowly, so it could be a good solution in the morning. But if you take protein supplement after workout you need fast absorption, so water is preferable.
There is something more that I can tell you based on my experience with different brands: some powders mix very easily, others don't.
If your powder doesn't mix very well you should take it with water because it mixes much more easily than with milk.
It is gross to drink your whey protein shake when it doesn't dissolve and it's full of chunks of powder!!
Water Whey Protein Shake
This is the best solution for fast release and absorption, especially for post workout supplements when your body needs immediate proteins to repair the damaged muscle fibers that you broke down during the workout.
Protein powder mixes much more easily with water due to the lower density of the liquid, obviously.
One of the most common reasons why people don't like to take whey protein shakes with water is the taste. I don't like it, there's nothing I can do about it.
With milk it's a whole different story. But hey, with water you are certain that you're taking in fast and lean protein only, and the best kind. Ensuring you have high amounts of lean protein after your workout will help with fat loss while preserving muscle.
Plus, you don't have the classic side effects that come with milk whey protein shakes. Yeah...those...side effects...farting all day and using the bathroom multiple times...ewww!