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Whey Protein: This Near Ideal "Fitness Food" Feeds Muscles in Just 10-15 minutes

Whey Protein: This Near Ideal "Fitness Food" Feeds Muscles in Just 10-15 minutes

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  • Consuming protein immediately prior to sleep, after strength training late at night, effectively stimulates muscle protein synthesis and improves whole-body protein balance during overnight recovery
  • Your post-workout meal can support or inhibit the health benefits of exercise. Previous research has shown that eating fewer carbohydrates after exercise more effectively enhances your insulin sensitivity, compared to calorie restriction
  • Combine a quality protein with a veggie-type carb in every meal. Whey protein is considered the gold standard of protein and is particularly beneficial as a “fitness food.” It assimilates quickly, getting to your muscles within 10-15 minutes of consumption. Whey protein is also extremely high in leucine, which is a rate limiting nutrient for muscle growth and recovery
  • To maximize the benefits of exercise, avoid all forms of sugar, particularly fructose, before, during or after exercise. This includes energy drinks, sports drinks, most energy bars and even "healthy" drinks like vitamin water
  • Consuming fructose will increase production of the somatostatin, which then inhibits the production of human growth hormone (HGH, also known as “the fitness hormone”)

By Dr. Mercola

A recent study looked at the role of protein in modulating post-exercise overnight recovery.


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