When to take Whey protein for the best results
You have probably heard this name in the gym, and most likely you even have a bag, or bucket, of this famous protein supplement.
Whey Protein is the best known supplement, sold and used by all gymnasts, and more.
It is a source of high quality protein, with an affordable price and very practical.
It is not mandatory, because there are no mandatory supplements, but it is very handy.
If you are one of the few for whom the word Whey is still a mystery, this is not the right article for you, go through first here.
If you already know a few things about this protein, and you already use it, or used it, what are the best times to take it?
This article, like most of the articles on the site, is intended for gymnasts who are looking to improve their body composition.
Predictable, isn't it?
All the marketing done by the supplement brands falls above all on its supposed importance in post-workout nutrition.
About the supposed anabolic window.
About going from a catabolic state to an anabolic state.
After some time, you think that you will either run to the dressing room to take your Whey shake, or it is not even worth going to train.
In fact, the Whey shake after training is not like that SO important, but it’s important that you put protein after your workout, and whey protein is probably the best choice.
You don't need to run to the spa to take it, but you also don't want to wait 5 hours before eating protein after training.
Its absorption is fast, its amino acid profile is excellent and it is extremely practical.
Its high level of BCAA's will help you recover from training and promote an anabolic state.
So yes, after training is a good time to take Whey Protein.
Before the training
Before training it is also an excellent time to include this supplement, but it depends.
If an hour and a half before training you eat a nice steak with rice, there is no need to put Whey here.
If, on the other hand, your meal before training is light, and the time between the last bite and the start of training is three hours, the inclusion of a Whey shake here is a good idea.
Basically, it is important to have a source of quality protein close to the time of training, and if you don't, the inclusion of Whey here gains importance.
You can use another source of protein, but if you're thinking about starting your workout after thirty minutes, a salmon is probably not a good bet.
The third best time to drink Whey Protein is breakfast.
A bit like pre-workout, the important thing here is to provide a source of quality protein, whether in the form of Whey, eggs or tuna.
So, if any quality protein source will do, what is breakfast doing here?
Above all for being extremely practical and easy to consume.
The best source of protein in this meal is the one you eat.
If you are in a hurry and don't have time to prepare an omelet, or any prepared meal, using this supplement is better than a low protein breakfast.
Oat with Whey is a great way to start the day, and if you want to gain weight, Whey with oats and peanut butter is almost magical.
Any other meal
To finish ... any other meal.
So, but are you telling me to fill up on milkshakes from morning to night?
In fact, any other meal could even be considered the most important time to take Whey.
This is because the most important thing as you know to achieve good results, is to reach the levels of macronutrients necessary for your goal.
If at a certain meal you lack a source of protein, or if you get to the end of the day and still don’t have the necessary amount of protein, a Whey shake easily solves this problem.
It is not that Whey itself will bring you any exclusive benefit, but because it will help you reach the protein levels needed to evolve.
Whey is not a magic protein, it is not a mandatory supplement, but…give way.
Its high percentage of BCAA's and rapid absorption is very beneficial after training, and in many situations, also before training.
After all, it is protein, and protein is a mandatory macronutrient to increase or maintain your muscle mass.
Calculate your caloric requirement, determine your daily protein requirements and use Whey as a tool to achieve them, and intelligently, to take advantage of your strengths at specific times like post-workout.
If you are having trouble choosing your next (or first) Whey supplement, you have here several reviews to various supplements to help you.