There is no one ‘best time’ to take a protein supplement however there are 5 critical times that should be considered when planning your nutritional program.
All have their own benefits to get you bigger, stronger and leaner.
1. POST WORKOUT
(within 30 minutes of an intensive workout)
Why: After an intense workout protein synthesis is highest and the body’s cells are most sensitive to nutrient uptake making this the most important time for growth and repair of muscle tissue
Why: To prime your bloodstream with muscle building amino acids that provide energy for your workout and encourage strength and size gains.
3. IN BETWEEN MEALS
Why: A great snack alternative that helps to maximise protein synthesis while also controlling hunger. When in a bulking phase, a high protein/high carb supplement provides excellent value for money and convenience to support increased calorie intake.
4. IN THE MORNING AFTER RISING
Why: Overnight should be the longest period your body goes without food. You body needs protein to remain in positive nitrogen balance to maintain muscle and sustained energy throughout the day.
5. BEFORE YOU GO TO BED
Why: Consuming a prolonged release protein before you go to bed allows your body to absorb muscle building nutrients throughout the night helping to prevent protein breakdown that naturally occurs while sleeping.
The biggest advantage of protein supplements over whole foods is that they are convenient and healthy way to boost your daily protein intake. For example, compared to a piece of meat they provide high protein without the unwanted fat and time consuming cooking preparation.