A huge mistake I see a lot of people making in their exercise habits is they lack sufficient protein intake, especially after their workout. I always urge my clients to eat a protein source at every meal, or every 2-3 hours. Protein is made up of amino acids, which are the building blocks that build and restore muscle tissue, which we all know gives us that lean physique to support a healthy metabolism.
Protein shakes ARE NOT optional, they are ESSENTIAL! Exercise breaks down muscle tissue, and protein is a must within 30 minutes after your workout. A healthy serving of protein can be anywhere from 15-20g for women, and 30-40g for men. If you can’t get it in within 30 minutes, a general rule for ingesting protein post workout is ASAP.
1. I usually eat lunch after my workout, is that the same thing?
*No. Although i always push for natural food sources, protein shakes are the one exception. Protein in food can take hours to break down and enter the blood stream.*
2. Are all types of protein the same?
*Preferably, look for 100% whey or whey protein isolate. This is a finer type of protein that is more easily digestible and readily available in your system.*
3. Can I mix my protein powder with milk?
*It is a better idea to use cold water and ice, as milk slows down the digestion process and stores the protein in the body rather than using it immediately to repair muscle tissue.*
In conclusion, not only does protein restore and build muscle tissue, it can also be used aa a way to incorporate another low calorie meal into the diet to keep the metabolism boosted.