It takes time and dedicated effort (fairly strenuous lifting according to a programme) to build muscle - I have read that men can gain 1.5lb a month (working hard at it) and women can expect to gain quite a bit less, max 1lb a month, 1/2 lb is more realistic.View Thread
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Although it is good to take some protein after a workout (any lean protein, not only shakes), I think it is all right to use them as a meal replacement too.
Just watch your calorie intake so that you don't take in more calories than before.
If you mix the whey protein with milk, the milk will provide some carbohydrates and a little fat (maybe the whey powder will have carbs too, depending on the type you use). Therefore you could omit the banana and1 spoon PB (not 2), or save it for a snack or meal later. The flax seed that you mix into the shake will provide healthy fat, so no need for 2 spoons PB too.View Thread
Although it is good to take a bit of protein after a workout (any lean protein, not only protein shakes), I think it is all right to use the shakes as a meal replacement.
Just watch the calorie count, so that you don't end up consuming more calories than before.
For example, if you take the whey protein with milk, the milk will provide some carbohydrates (and a little fat), so you could omit the banana and peanut butter; or keep the banana and one spoon of PB (not two spoons) for a snack or meal for later. The flaxseed that you mix in will also provide healthy fat, so no need for 2 spoons of PB too.View Thread