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Developing muscle is more about how much protein you are getting and how heavy you are lifting and working out to break the muscle down. Protein shakes help with recovery, but not all people swear by them. I personally started using them to make sure I was getting enough protein in the day - it's a convenient way to do this.
I am liking the BSN-Syntha 6 that has fast and slow release protein throughout the day. So, my system is getting protein at various times.
I drink one in the morning as soon as I wake up and right after my weights workout (within 30-60 minutes). These are the best times to take them to help heal and prevent muscle from starting to break down.
Just buy a container of a brand you want to try and start throwing them in and see what you think for a few months. It won't hurt to try.
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I can say the best time to refuel is 30-60 minutes post WO....want to get glycogen stores built back up and help those muscles repair...
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I do ChEx 1st thing in AM too and TF at night (currently doing a Hybrid). I usually drink a Shakeology for breakfast after my work out, have a protein drink (27 grams) around 4 in the afternoon and use a recovery drink after my TF as I need more sugars after that. I think that if you do your breakfast which has quite a bit of protein, then maybe a protein shake later in the afternoon might be a good option. Just my opinion. I don't think it matters if you get it in RIGHT AFTER your workout so much as part of your total nutrition.
By the way. . .I feel better when I get the protein vs. when I don't. But not sure exactly if it makes me more or less toned.
Edited by: MARIAX2MARIA at: 4/27/2011 (15:04)
I still can't make up my mind about whether to start drinking protein shakes after a CLX workout. I've been going back and forth for months now. Next week, I'm starting the CLX/TF hybrid challenge, and I keep asking myself should I take the protein plunge.
Usually, I'll have eggs and protein for breakfast after my workouts (20 to 30g worth). I figured that's enough to help with my muscles. But I'm still not quite as toned as I want to be, and I'm wondering if the shakes with help speed up the process or if they're not really necessary.
How about you guys? Do you protein shake? Before and/or after? Notice any difference?