Originally Answered: Question About Muscle Milk Light should you avoid adding stuff to the shake if you're using as a meal shake?
First, I want to congratulate you on realizing what most people look over; that Muscle Milk is not designed to be used as a protein powder like ON 100% Whey. It is designed to be used as a meal replacement or part of a meal replacement. It has more than Whey protein; it has Caseins, slower releasing proteins, etc, etc, etc.
Because of this design Muscle Milk is higher fat and calorie content... You wouldn't want the extra if you were using it as just a protein powder, but being as it is designed the extra cals and fat is right on target.
Often I hear people talk about Muscle Milk because of the extra fat not being for cutting, or losing weight. It is not so. If you use Muscle Milk as a meal replacement you will ordinarily lose weight/fat content/cut. I recommend replacing breakfast and lunch with muscle milk and eating a reasonable healthy dinner. Either Muscle Milk or Muscle Milk Light really would work. Try MML first. Don't forget to have your cheat days.
And YES! You can add things. Because of the extra fat and cal content watch the fat in things you add. If you use MML you can afford some extra calories (don’t confuse with extra fat). Think Strawberries, Bananas and things along that line.
Muscle Milk can also be used to gain weight/Bulk. I would recommend to bulk drinking the two shakes as mentioned above in addition to your regular reasonable meals.
You could even try interswitching MM and MML. MML for the cut and MM for the bulk in the fashion listed above.
HOWEVER, your goal is a swimmer build. You might not need to a bulk phase. Professional swimmers often do not need to do a bulk phase because swimming is not only an awesome cardio but a full body workout. I'm going to guess you are not a professional swimmer, completive swimmer etc rather just want the look. And who could blame you? :) That being the case, you might still not need a bulk phase because if you are hitting the gym, lower weight, higher reps, (I would recommend minimum of 3-4 times a week.) and doing your cardio, and now adding the muscle milk light, you very well could gather the same means, the same end result, as a completive swimmer. So try the MML for a bit, gym, lower weight, higher rep, 3-4 times a week and see if you see it take form.
If not, try some alterations, try same as above but try regular Muscle Milk or try adding more cals to your MML. People seem to forget you need some extra cals to build muscle. You could then actually try a cut and bulk phase as mentioned above. Don’t forget small healthy snack in-between the meals as well. Nice fruit, soy nuts, stuff along the line. You should never be hungry. Remember what works for you might not work for the next. Take this info, research other info, and start to toy with a combination that works for you constantly tweaking until your goal unlocks.
Go For It!