Is it better to have your protein shake before or after your workout?

  • InsatiableBlo...

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    May 15, 2009 2:11 AM GMT
    Ive read some magazines that say before you workout and others that say after your workout. Which is more effective?
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    May 15, 2009 2:12 AM GMT
    from my understanding, before and after, but made to meet different requirements
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    May 15, 2009 4:26 AM GMT
    There is no hard and fast rule. However your muscles do need the building blocks provided by protein subsequent to a workout. Another important things is to replenish with some carbohydrates after you have engaged in a strenuous workout that has depleted your energy stores. Carbs are the primary fuel used during a workout session so be sure to take some in prior as well.

    Just don't fall into the general thinking of just taking in protein protein protein protein. It's not a balanced approach. If anything at the end of the day, a gram per pound of bodyweight.
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    May 15, 2009 4:34 AM GMT
    Eat. Before, and after.
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    May 15, 2009 4:57 AM GMT
    I've read studies that show supplementation with 5 grams of protein before a workout increased performance... that would be like a fifth of a shake.

    but if you had to take your shake once, i'd highly recommend taking it after your workout... your body is a like a sponge after workouts and will absorb it very nicely.
  • Webster666

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    May 15, 2009 5:05 AM GMT
    If you eat before you work out, your body sends blood to your stomach to work on that food, instead of to your muscles.

    I've tried all kinds of protein shakes with and without whey, and it didn't make one bit of difference whether I drank them before my work out, after my work out, or NOT AT ALL.

    Save your money. Eat food.
  • Webster666

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    May 15, 2009 5:06 AM GMT
    "Save your money. Eat food."
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    I should have said, "Eat food, but not just before you work out."
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    May 15, 2009 5:31 AM GMT
    Well, hopefully, you're not eating food or ingesting a protein shake then going right to a workout. That's like swimming right after eating...a no no.

    Being that you should be fueling your body throughout the day with 5 to 6 balanced meals, you will always be consuming food/protein prior to a workout and you most definitely need to eat food or drink protein within 60-90 minutes afterwards. Make sure you are waiting at least two hours before working out after a food meal, or about an hour after a protein shake. This will give your time to digest the majority of it.

    Either way, follow chucky's advice. The same advice he seems to give everyone. Eat, eat, eat for growth, maintenance and sustenance.
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    May 15, 2009 5:42 AM GMT
    theres a great book called Nutritional Timing, that deals with both options. It gives a million studies and shows some good data. basically eat before and after, and you will see gains
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    May 15, 2009 6:16 AM GMT
    After. I hate feeling full when I'm at the gym.
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    May 15, 2009 6:21 AM GMT
    Just try both and see what works best for you. Different people react differently to pre and post workout protein consumption. Also keep in mind that there are slow digesting and fast digesting proteins.

    It also depends on what you mean by "effective". What is your goal? To gain weight? Or extra energy to get through your workouts?
  • E_84

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    May 16, 2009 12:03 AM GMT
    AFTER.

    Not before. If you take one before, it should be the snack between lunch and dinner, at least 2 hours before a workout.

    As mentioned previously, if you take one before your workout, blood needed in your muscles will be directed to your stomach for digestion.

    When your body is in catabolic stage, after a workout, a protein shake is highly needed to replenish the body with essential ingredients such as BCAAs which are found in a protein shake.

    Remember this.
  • jgymnast733

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    May 16, 2009 12:06 AM GMT
    Before on an empty stomach
    And
    After a hard workout...
    At least thats what i do on occation..Works for me!