Can I drink a protein shake with my meal? or should I wait a few hours after the protein shake?
Im a little confused when it comes to protein. I sometimes workout in the afternoon or nighttime But I'm unsure when I should drink a protein shake. Is it ok to drink with with a meal or should I drink it then wait a few hours and then eat or how does this work. Thank you
What are your goals and why do you think you need to supplement a protein shake if you are eating adequate protein from a food source?
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As Michael said if your getting the proper amount of protein from food you might not need a potein drink. Also, be aware that the body can only synthesize about 20 grams of protein effeciently, and there's no added benefit to taking more at one time. If you are going to eat and take a protein drink, I would wait at least 2 hours in between. This is information that has been researched by the National Strength of Conditioning Association. Please be cautious if you have any type of health issue.
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You can easily eat WITH your shake but remember not to overconsume calories, and note which macronutrients you are taking in at once (a shake will usually constitute all of your protein for a meal). I've taken a shake with an apple a few hours before bed many more times more than once after a late workout with no ill effects. The purpose is to feed your body and replenish nutrient stores.
Mac Dodds M.A., CSCS
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It really depends on your goals. If you are trying to build muscle and are participating in resistance strength training you need more protein for recovery then recommended on food labels. I think a protein shake post-workout with some carbs is ideal. Either it is already included in the shake or you can consume an outside source such a banana or granola bar. These foods will spike your insulin levels and force the protein into your muscle.
Around an hour after your exercise and your shake you should have a meal centered around complex carbs (whole wheat pasta/breads, beans), protein(meats) and low in saturated fats.
The reason we consume this an hour after your protein shake is because if you consume more than about 30g of protein at one time the excess amount will be wasted. It will either be stored as fat or urinated out.
Chris Baietto, B.S., CSCS, ACE
But you should be planning out your meals and knowing all the components ahead of time as much as you can. This isn't an absolute must for all meals. But if you aren't planning at least half of your meals, you are really slacking on your program. It isn't all that hard or time consuming. You just need to get started and eventually it will be automatic most of the time.
Use the shakes as a quick fix, not as a staple.