For some time we’ve believed in the “metabolic window” A.K.A. the “anabolic window.” Basically you workout, then take in protein within 30-40 minutes, depending on who you talk to. Recent studies show this may not be true. Read here.
So, let’s say there’s no anabolic window for protein consumption; when should we be taking in our protein?
Take in protein all day.
You can read another study here which reports that equal amounts of protein over the course of the day, as opposed to one large dose post workout, is what’s needed for maximum gains. Also, for fat burning high protein diets are the way to go. Read here.
There you have it.
It’s pretty simple. Take in lots and lots of protein in equal doses over the entire course of the day.
Here’s what I like to do:
- Full dose of protein in the morning. Whether that’s eggs or a protein rich smoothy. And bacon. I mean….bacon.
- Half dose of protein before my workout in my preworkout. Read about our preworkouts here.
- Half dose of protein post workout. I know studies show there’s no anabolic window, but there’s no harm in taking more protein, right?!
- Full dose of protein before bed.
This does not account for the protein you’ll take in your meals. Get after that. Steak anyone? Or more bacon perhaps?
This is the protein I use:
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