How long before a weightlifting session should I ingest proteins?
I have read different durations as shown below, and I wonder whether the scientific literature has reached any consensus on it.
There’s very little quality research in existence to provide practical recommendations with regards to timing of ingestion of a pre-workout protein beverage, however use within a 30-minute window beforehand should allow some of those amino acids to be floating around in your bloodstream by the time you begin your workout, if the right protein sources are ingested.
Untrained men participated in a 10-week resistance training program and either supplemented with 40 grams of carbohydrate or 40 grams of protein containing a mixture of whey and casein. Half of the supplements were consumed one hour before and then immediately after exercise on workout days. The results were overwhelmingly positive for the combination protein group.
A solution of whey proteins was consumed either immediately before exercise (PRE; n = 8) or immediately following exercise (POST; n = 9).
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