When should I take my protein shake? Currently I wake up have breakfast, go to gym, drink protein shake right after, have lunch 30-40 minutes after protein shake, diner, then a second shake an hour before bed.
Here's what I'm wondering, is it better to switch it up and have a protein shake before and after a work out or have them the way I am now?
You need to remember that protein shakes aren't supplements, they're just food. A fast acting shake with some carbs is good for a after workout, but it really doesn't matter how you get your protein at other times. I only use powders when I can't get a good, high-protein meal.
What's a good high-protein meal? Every time I read about this I keep thinking I have cook a steak and veggies, then I hear some people just have "some" cottage cheese late night before bed. How can cottage cheese have that much protein? There's got to be something I'm missing here.
depends what kind of protein it is if its whey protein, right when you wake up, an hour pre work out and post workout are the best times to take it if its casein protein, right before bed because its slow digesting and it'll stay with you for most of the night
You're looking for a half a pound of meat or more. Could be chicken, turkey, beef, pork, bison, fish, etc. Season it however you want. Barbeque it, roast it, sautee it, whatever works for you. And yes, eat your veggies.
Cottage cheese is a good source of casein...otherwise look for a protein powder that contains it.
Okay I think I will go with the cottage cheese before bed because it is the simplest. I don't think I want to whoop out the pots to cook a steak at 1am everyday. How many spoons of cottage cheese we talkin' here? Enough to cover a toast?
I HATE cottage cheese. Fat free cottage cheese tastes like dog sack.
However, cottage cheese is like 80% casein protein, and perfect for eating right before bed.
I found some of the best tasting fat free cottage cheese on the planet at Fresh Foods (Whole Foods). It's called Friendship Cottage Cheese. Google that shit. The name is bland, but it has earned a whole shelf in my fridge.
Low, low carbs, lots and lots of protein. Tastes great. Don't get the 2% stuff, get the fat free kind.
(Any Friendship Cottage Cheese reps, PM me for where you can send me my endorsement check.)
I'd rather the little fatty units of energy go to work for me during active hours.
There's always a debate on fats/carbs before bed. Not eating fats before bed definately didn't reduce my cutting results. It's hard for me to understand how fats before bed would even help those bulking. Protein I get, fats, not so much.
Fat slows the digestive process, which helps stretch whatever protein you just out further into the night. For cutting, I personally wouldn't eat anything right before bed, but I've seen good results doing so when bulking.