Diet Questions - Taking Protein Before
or After Workouts
Should I eat protein before or after my workout?
You should consume protein before and after your workouts.
Always eat a small pre-workout meal consisting of some low glycemic carbs and
a quality protein. A good meal is a half cup of rolled oats and a scoop of whey
protein. This provides you with a sustained carb source to provide energy through
your workout and a quality protein source to support muscle repair and growth.
Always eat a post-workout meal consisting of a high quality protein
and a high glycemic carbohydrate. After your workout is the ideal
time to spike your insulin levels and re-supply your body with glycogen.
A great post-workout meal consists of 2 scoops of high quality whey
protein powder (I recommend Optimum Nutrition) and about 35-50 grams
of carbs coming from either dextrose or maltodextrin. MRP's like
Myoplex or MetRX work great in this situation. Liquid meals are
great after your workout because you don't have to deal with the
heavy digestion which real foods takes. The goal post workout is
to maintain a prompt digestion rate so nutrients can transport swiftly
and efficiently to our muscles.
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