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When Is the Best Time to Take Protein?

Best Time to Take Protein?

 

In the previous post we covered the five main types of protein for building muwhen is the best time to take protein scle mass. I’m sure you’ll agree that without enough protein, your muscles cannot grow no matter how hard and often you train.

But did you know there are certain times in the day your body is more receptive to protein? Not only that, your body responds differently to the type of protein you consume.

In a nutshell, it’s not just the type of protein you take; it’s when you take it.

Here are the five best times to take protein:

  1. First Thing In The Morning: The longest time your body goes without food is the time period between when you go to bed and wake up in the morning. When you wake up your body is in a fasted state and it needs amino acids for maintenance and rebuilding right away. Take a fast-acting protein like whey first thing in the morning for optimal results.
  2. Pre-Workout: Drink a protein shake about one hour before your workout to get your body ready for growth with BCAAs and other key amino acids. A solid choice would be a whey and egg protein powder since they are easy to drink and digest.
  3. Post- Workout: The best time to take protein for your body is the 30-60 minute time-frame after you workout. Your muscles are the most receptive to nutrients because they are actively repairing and rebuilding workout-induced damage as well as replenishing glycogen stores. A post-workout shake like Gaspari Myofusion has whey, casein, egg, and simple carbohydrates and is ideal during this window of opportunity.
  4. Between Meals: Protein shakes in between meals are a great way to keep your body fat and appetite in check. Some of the best types of protein for these time-frames would be a dairy protein such as whey, casein, and milk.
  5. Before Bedtime: The second best time to take protein would be right before bedtime. To prepare your body for the long fast ahead a time-released protein (Casein) is ideal because it takes a much longer time for your body to digest and absorb.

Scheduling-in protein can be a little challenging at first but stay with it because you’ll notice some serious results in a few short weeks such as an increased performance level, faster recovery time, and enhanced muscle growth.

Last but not least make sure you’re consuming about 1-1.5 grams of protein per pound of body weight per day from a combination of high protein bodybuilding foods and supplements. Also, spread your daily protein intake over 4-6 smaller meals and snacks for optimal absorption.

Remember, protein is the building block of muscles and there are no other nutrients that can replace it.

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About the author

Marco CarbajoMarco Carbajo is a bodybuilder, entrepreneur, writer, author, speaker, trainer, and founder of Bodybuildingblogger.com, the premier online source for bodybuilders all over the world providing top level workouts, supplements, nutrition, news, resources, and motivation.

8 Responses

  1. Todd says:

    Just a fast hello and also to thank you for discussing your bodybuilding ideas on this web site. I wound up inside your weblog right after researching physical fitness connected issues on Yahoo! Anyway I’ll be back once again to check out your blog posts down the road. Thanks!

    • Marco says:

      Appreciate the feedback Todd and best of success with your store.

      All the best,

      Marco

      • Erika says:

        I’m on my 2nd week of my workout now and i just bought a protein shake which will arrive some days from now it says it contains 34g of protein,17g of carb n 3.2g of fat per scoop so I’m 17 now and it says I should take the shake 1 hour before workout and after workout but what I don’t get is am I supposed to take it everyday or just the days I’m working out can u advise me on the best way to take them?

        • Marco says:

          Hi Erika,

          Taking a protein shake is a great way to ensure that your body is taking in the necessary amount of protein it needs. Your shakes should be used in addition to a solid nutritional plan that also provides protein from whole food sources.

          Personally I take two protein shakes a day regardless if I am training or not. Ideally you should take in 1-1.5 grams of protein per pound of body weight. Your total protein intake will come from bodybuilding foods and other supplements such as protein shakes.

          All the best,

          Marco

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  3. Katlyn Tokay says:

    Great post!

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