If you want to build muscles, you must eat protein.
Without the amino acids protein provides, your muscles
won’t grow no matter how you train them. Protein is your
muscle’s building block and there are no nutrient
substitutes to build muscles other than adequate protein
It is advocated that if you want to gain muscle mass,
the rule is to take one gram of protein per pound of
your body weight each day. That is a lot of protein
which many people can’t get in their normal meals and
protein supplementation may be required. Without
adequate protein consumption, all your efforts in the
gym will go to waste. Such a pity isn’t it?
So when is the best time to take protein? How and which
type of protein should you take to build and maintain
• Protein to start your day – After a night’s slumber,
your body is in a catabolic state. That means your body
is burning your muscles for energy since your
carbohydrate or glycogen store is low. So take quick
absorption protein such as whey protein the first thing
in the morning even before you to your morning bathroom
rituals to stop your muscle wasting away.
• Protein in between meals – To keep a high level of
protein in your bloodstream so as to feed your muscles
continuously throughout the day, take casein protein in
between meals. Casein protein is slow to digest and
therefore will continuously feed your muscles for many
hours in between meals.
• Protein prior and post workout – It is a medical fact
that consumption of fast to digest protein such as whey
protein before your workout will drive muscle gain as
your muscles are being fed as you train. Then take whey
protein again after your workout along with some
carbohydrate to repair your muscle tissues after you
have stressed and damaged them during your workout.
• Protein before bed – Since you will be going without
food for many hours when you sleep and since muscle
building is at its highest intensity when you sleep
after your workout, you must encourage your muscle to
build by taking casein protein. As casein protein is
slow to digest, it will continuously feed your muscles
for as much as seven hours when you are sleep and thus
encouraging your muscle building.
So with this information, you will now know when to take
protein to build muscles effectively.
About the Author
Chris Chew is a personal trainer of actors, pageant winners, models and other celebrities. See his websites for more articles.
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