Should you have protein before or after a workout?

Good question. The answer is simple – both.
You need to eat a combination of protein and carbs at least 1-2 hours prior to a workout so your body can train efficiently. Then again eat after a workout protein and carbs within 40-60 mins.

However, when is the best time to eat protein really depends on lots of different factors. Those factors would depend on the activities you are doing (ie building muscle, strength training) the duration of your workout, the intensity, and what kind of exerciser you are – weekend warrior, general health and wellness or an elite athlete.


How much protein should you eat after a workout?

This can depend on your body mass, however, for most people having a scoop of whey protein powder in some water and a banana (carb) or a protein shake is an easy and great way to get a post workout snack. 


How important is post workout protein?

Your protein intake is very important. Plus adding some carbs like a banana or blueberries will replenish the energy you have just used a lot quicker. You have just done a hard workout and you need something to help you recover, repair and build your muscles. Think of it like fuelling your body to work efficiently. 


What does protein do after a workout?

Protein is made up of amino acids which are the building blocks for your muscles. In other words it is the food to feed your muscles to help them recover and repair.


How long after a workout should you take protein?

Ideally with 40-60 mins of working out. Your body not only needs protein but it needs carbs too. Together they will replenish your glycogen stores to aid your body to recover, repair and build muscle. 

Protein is found in a variety of foods, and having a balance of plant-based and animal proteins in your diet is essential for good well-being. 

Here are some ideas on balancing your meal with protein; 

Following some of these straightforward ideas can enhance your energy levels, keep you fuller for longer periods and decrease your craving for sweet, processed foods.