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Bodybuilding Protein Intake

Should the protein intake be before or after workouts and exercises? Does it make any difference?
(May 26, 2010)

If you want your workout and exercise regime to be effective, then consuming a certain amount of protein immediately before your workout and immediately after your workout is a must. In fact, if your workouts and exercises are very vigorous, then it would be a good idea to consume proteins at other times as well. You can start off by consuming proteins first thing in the morning, immediately after waking up. This could be in the form of a protein drink. This will give your body the amino acid kick instantly.

You should then consume your second dose of protein just before your workout. During the workout, your muscles undergo a lot of wear and tear. Consuming proteins just before the workout will ensure that the muscle wear and tear is minimized to a large extent. Then, your next dose of proteins should be immediately after the workout. This is the time when your body is trying to recover from the strenuous workout - supplying it with protein will ensure that it does not break down your existing muscles to repair the damaged ones. Then, your next intake of proteins should be one hour after your workout. This is the time when your body has settled down after a workout and is seriously rebuilding the worn out muscles. Consuming proteins at this stage will help the body in rebuilding those muscles. And finally, just before you go to sleep. While you are sleeping, your body works at rejuvenating itself. If you consume proteins at this time, it will help in the rejuvenation process.

However, please keep in mind that if you are going to consume proteins at these different hours, you will need to divide your protein intake in such a manner that you do not land up consuming excess amounts of protein. You will need to ensure that your protein consume, even though divided throughout the day, is as prescribed and does not go overboard. Too much protein intake will eventually prove detrimental to your health, instead of enhancing your workout. Also, if you want your workout to be more effective, you will have to consume carbohydrates as well before and after your workouts. Carbohydrates provide energy to our bodies – and energy is something that you will require during and after your workout. Foods that are high in protein are fish, poultry, soy, dairy products, and eggs. Foods high in carbohydrates are cereals, bread, rice, pasta, banana, blueberries, dates, carrots, corn, yogurt, cashews, and chestnuts. Combine these protein/carbohydrate enriched foods according to your taste and convenience.

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Submitted by R B on May 26, 2010 at 06:31


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