When should you take your protein?

Discussion in 'Diet & Nutrition' started by blasin, Mar 13, 2011.

  1. blasin

    blasin New Member

    Hi, I wanna ask when you should take your protein? 1 hour before or?
  2. TunnelRat

    TunnelRat Active Member

    I try to get 1.5 grams of protein per pound of body weight. That usually requires four or five meals per day with at least 20 to 30 grams of protein at each meal, or more. So I'm not sure what you're asking. I take my protein all day long.
  3. whistledixie

    whistledixie New Member

    I consume protein all day. I try to get 40% of my calories from protein every day.

    Pre and post-workout supplements:

    I take a creatine drink about 30 minutes before I start warming up; I mix about 10g BCAA (branch chain amino acids, the building blocks of protein) drink right before I workout and sip it throughout the session. I drink whey protein isolates with milk within an hour after the session.
  4. Stl_Lift

    Stl_Lift New Member

    1 to 1.5 grams per pound of body weight is a must. As far as pre and post workout... 30 min before, and within 30min after is a good rule of thumb.
  5. Totentanz

    Totentanz Super Moderator Staff Member

    Like the guys said, you should be taking your protein all day.

    I prefer not to take protein pre-workout anymore as to avoid the occasional vomit during my workouts. I prefer a solid meal a couple hours prior, then a high protein meal after my workout. I prefer to mostly use shakes to supplement near the end of the day when I am rounding out my calories.
  6. nesan

    nesan New Member

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    The amount of protein that should be consumed after workouts have been often debated, but the best way of actually determining when you have to take proteins is by following some of these rules:

    -Take a lot of proteins at the start of the day. This helps to boost your body to change the metabolism into burning down fats.
    -Make sure that you eat plenty of protein snacks in between your meals so that the protein that remains in your body will help replenish muscle supplies.
    -The most important time to consume proteins is right after the workouts. The best choice would be whey proteins or protein shakes.
    -You will also need some proteins before you go to bed. This gives your body chance to rebuild and recover.
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2011
  7. wobbles

    wobbles New Member

    As long as you hit your macros by the end of the day you can eat your protein/carbs/fat in any order or frequency you want. That means if you chose to, you could eat your entire calories for the day in 2 meals or 8 meals. The only difference is convenience for you. I personally feel comfortable eating 4-5 meals a day. But it really doesn't matter all that much. All that does matter is you hitting your target by the end of the day.

    Your body is alot smarter then you may think and the traditional thinking of eating every 2-3 hrs is nothing more then out dated knowledge.
  8. a.s.arghmatey

    a.s.arghmatey Member

    According to the HST ebook "studies show protein synthesis to spike 24 hours after a work out"

    I think when he says "spike" he means "peak". Which would lead one to think that the best time to get most of your protein would be around 24 hours after your workout.

    What would be the reason for having a high protein meal, or shake one hour after your workout?
  9. Kunce Squad

    Kunce Squad New Member

    Why? That's just bro science. 30 min anabolic window is just supplement marketing spin to sell more protein powder.
    Protein takes hours to digest so the meal you had prior to training is still there.
  10. Totentanz

    Totentanz Super Moderator Staff Member

    There is no reason. Have a preworkout and then just eat a good meal an hour or so after the workout. As Kunce Squad stated, your preworkout shake isn't even digested yet so a postworkout shake isn't really necessary. There is no anabolic window 30 minutes around training and in fact, actual growth does not occur until some time after training.
  11. a.s.arghmatey

    a.s.arghmatey Member

    Why even have a pre workout shake?
  12. Jester

    Jester Well-Known Member

  13. Totentanz

    Totentanz Super Moderator Staff Member

    Studies suggest that the protein synthesis response is better when you take a preworkout shake. However, if I recall, these were done on fasted subjects. As long as you have a good diet, it doesn't really matter. The only preworkouts I take is something to give me some energy prior to the workout. Honestly, you don't even need protein powders at all if you have your diet lined up right.
  14. leonardopm

    leonardopm Member

    Agree. I used to take egg-protein since whey is WAY expensive in Brazil, but I came to the point that I can't even smell it anymore.

    I'm currently on weight gainers on the w/o days and everyday a lot of milk, ham, meat and cheese. I'm getting very near the 1g/lb of BW this way.
  15. a.s.arghmatey

    a.s.arghmatey Member

  16. Jester

    Jester Well-Known Member

  17. hamish05064

    hamish05064 New Member

    best would be to take protein while workout sessions in excess otherwise a limited quantity of protein stuffs like milk, egg are best for daily intake

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