Whether you’re fueling up or trying to recover, protein is an essential component to your diet. Before you grab any random snack, try taking advice from an expert. Here is XPRO for YogaSix GO, Dr. Nancy Lin’s pre- and post-workout, protein-rich snack recommendations:
Now that you know what to eat, the question still begs - when should you have your protein - before or after?
For years, many believed they had a 30-minute period known as the “anabolic window” after their workout where they could maximize protein consumption and their workouts. Today, that concept’s kind of gone down the gutter. New research suggests the anabolic window is much longer than 30-minutes and may not even be limited to after your workout.
So, what does this mean - before or after? Neither; it’s both! It’s best if people consume a little protein before and after working out to help rebuild and recover their muscle from the exercise.
Rather than focusing on when you consume protein, focus on how much.
An overwhelming number of studies are suggesting that consuming protein directly in conjunction with your workouts isn’t the secret to success. However, reaching your protein consumption needs is. Whether you choose plant-based or animal-based proteins, taking in enough protein for your muscles is what will ultimately help you reach your fitness goals.