Strength in Conditioning for Saturday, July 11, 2015
Muscles need protein for recovery and growth, and the best time to deliver protein is right after a Strength In Conditioning session. Fueling muscles immediately after intense exercise stimulates both repair and growth.
However, the type, amount and timing for consumption of protein depends on whether your goal is fat loss, performance improvements or muscle gain.
Quantity needed is also greatly impacted by your size and the type of workout you perform. Your best bet? Consult with a nutritionist or personal trainer to discuss your situation and goals.
In the meantime, remember muscles don’t care if your protein comes from a hard-boiled egg, glass of chocolate milk or a protein shake as long as the source is “clean” and the protein “complete”.
Best Protein Options
- Hormone free whey (dairy) protein isolate
- Egg protein
- Leaner cuts of meat (chicken, turkey, deer, beef)
- Protein shake
- Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potatoes
- Protein Packed Paleo Cookies
- Egg Quiche Cups
- Turkey Roll-Ups with Cucumber and Avocado
More isn’t always better. Muscles only need 20 to 30 grams of protein for amino acids (the building blocks of muscle). Anything additional is waste.
If you are you trying to loose weight, wait 45 minutes post workout to consume anything. When you do eat, it should be real food – such as a balanced zone (protein, fat, carb) type of meal.
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