The Scoop on Protein May 20 2014, 11 Comments
When trying to build muscle or lose weight, protein is crucial. Figuring out the best time to take it can be tricky, but luckily for you we've got the scoop on when the best time is to power up with protein.
The most important time is right after a workout. Your muscles are like a sponge and need instant nutrition for muscle recovery and growth.
Right upon waking: Same thing, you've just gone 6 to 8 hours without proper nutrition. Your body needs protein quick.
Right before bed: You're able to sleep for 6-8 hours, which is a long time to go without protein. Could you imagine going throughout your day (when awake) not eating for 6 to 8 hours?
Half hour before a workout: This sets up the "anabolic window" before your workout and provides your body with adequate nutrition so that the effects of weight training (weight training breaks down the muscle, called catabolic) are not as severe.