Protein Powder Shakes vs. Real Food - When to take?

  • neon4u

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    Sep 27, 2010 8:11 PM GMT
    After my weight workout at the gym, I'd like to drink a protein shake with creatine to provide my body with enough protein to recover. But I'm hungry. My question is this: is it better to take the protein shake or eat a meal afterward? Since I'm hungry, I usually drink a glass of skim milk as soon as I get home and then eat a meal with protein in it. (eggs, chicken, salmon). About two hours later I'll have the protein shake. I'm thinking it might be optimally better to do the shake first since the protein is absorbed quicker than for my body to wait to digest the food.

    What are you recommendations/thoughts?
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    Sep 27, 2010 10:10 PM GMT
    Both. I drink a meal replacement shake almost immediately after my workout. Then about an hour later, I eat an actual meal.

    You're right about the digestion. Since most of your blood is still pumping through your muscles after a workout, liquid nutrition is easier for your stomach to digest.
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    Sep 28, 2010 12:21 AM GMT
    Mostly protien powder gets flushed out of your system before it can be absorbed. I take it with meals, to help absorbing the nutrients and protein but it does get mostly flushed out. You will way better gains with real meat, fish, chicken, if you want to add muscle mass quickly. I use a totally liquid diet if i need to cut up really fast. Weight just drops right off. If I want to add more muscle once I'm lean I add meat and fish and poultry and almost eliminate the protein shakes.
  • neon4u

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    Sep 28, 2010 11:39 PM GMT
    thanks, it all sounds good.