When is protein consumption most effective – before, during, or after exercise?

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When is the most effective time to ingest protein? Before, during, or after working out?

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Well, the answer, in part, depends on how you define “effective.” “Effective” in doing what? A Sports Medicine literature review by van Loon, published in May of 2014, indicates that:

  • If you are looking for immediate enhancement in athletic performance, then the timing of when you ingest protein may not matter so much.
  • If you are looking to better facilitate your muscle recovery after the protein breakdown that occurs with exercise, you mayconsider consuming protein before and/or during prolonged exercise (although we all know that exercise need not be longer than 30 minutes!).

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Why we need protein to accompany exercise

Exercise involves substantial use of our skeletal muscles. These muscles are made up of protein filaments and have a most amazing capacity to adapt in size and strength, depending on use or…

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