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How to Use Premade Protein Drinks to Build Muscle

Learn if premade protein drinks help build muscle from DreamBodies' Tony DiCostanzo in this Howcast bodybuilding diet video.

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Ready-made drinks or RTDs they call them or Ready To Drink are drinks that are already put together for you that being protein drinks that already have proteins, carbs, vitamins, and minerals. Unfortunately, though they have protein, and they also are enriched with some form of vitamin and mineral, many of them are and can be very unhealthy. You might want to take a look at some of the ingredients on some of these RTDs in these ready-made drinks because you're probably not going to be able to pronounce some of the names of some of the chemicals that are in these drinks. And that's extremely important because these chemicals are detrimental to your body and overall not just to your health and not just to your muscle-building ability rather, but to your health as well.

So you want to look at the ingredients on these RTDs or ready-made drinks and make sure that you're getting a good-quality protein source. Maybe it's enriched with some vitamins and minerals. If possible it may even have some fiber. It's got a good source of carbohydrates. Some of them are usually low-carb. But many of them have a carbohydrate source like some offer dexatrim which is a higher glycemic carb. But you also want to be aware of that as well. If the carbohydrate count the sugar count is too high you may want to examine why that is. So protein RTDs should be mostly protein. They should be low carbohydrate. Read the ingredients. Make sure that's what you basically see. The protein source. Some vitamins and minerals. And of course obviously water is usually going to be the base in most of these. If the drink tastes really really thick and rich and almost filmy in the mouth against the pallette, the texture, you might want to examine the ingredients in that drink. And like I said if you see a lot of words that you don't even know how to pronounce stay away from that drink and look for one that's way more all-natural.

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