Recently I was reading an article in Muscle & Body, November issue which indicates that it is not necessarily the amount of protein you get but when and what kind you ingest. Do we believe this pro protein muscle bound generation? I can’t argue with it as I’m not a Dietician nor a Fitness professional in any way. I do believe that this article might be correct based upon my own gains when I switched from being a fruit and carbohydrate maniac to one who religiously ingests 10g to 20g of protein pre and post work out, at least a little protein added with every snack and 18g to 25g with my 3 main meals.
My favorite proteins: For fast delivery, pre & post workout, I like ….
For meal substitutes or if I’m hungry before bedtime, I enjoy the Met-Rx Protein Blend because its delivery is over a longer period of time:
So what does this article say? It tells us first thing to do in the morning – before brushing your teeth, take in some fast delivery protein such as whey protein isolate. It is delivered fast into your system which is needed after going 6- 8 hours without any – your body is feeding off of whatever it can (even your muscles) for fuel. After you workout, you need this fast delivery protein as well, to refuel your body. Now, in between, we want to intake slower delivery protein sources such as casein or soy, or egg. Usually you can find a great mixture of these proteins for slower digestion.
In summary, if you want to stay trim, but keep your muscle, you must ingest protein every 2 -3 hours. Reminder: This is Joanne’s version of the article and only a summary. There is so much more that your body needs by way of Fats, Carbohydrates, and Fiber in addition to Protein. Also, as a Vegetarian, I was reluctant to use so much whey protein, however, you will note, if you read any of my workout routines, I work out hard almost every day of the week. Therefore, I have to supplement with at least 20 g of high quality, fast digestng protein. Whey Protein Isolate was my option and since I am a Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian, considered it a viable source.