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When do you drink protein shake after workout?

Fighterforever473Fighterforever473 Posts: 9Member Member Posts: 9Member Member
Do you wait like 30 minutes after your workout to drink it or do you drink it the minute you are finished with your workout? What’s the correct way?! x
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  • GraymanstoleGraymanstole Posts: 234Member Member Posts: 234Member Member
    No idea what the correct way is, but I usually wait 30-45 minutes post workout to have mine.
  • kcn2blueskykcn2bluesky Posts: 179Member Member Posts: 179Member Member
    I would recommend not over-thinking it :smile: Do what works best for you!
    I do my workout first thing in the morning ~5am. I have a protein shake while I'm getting ready for work because it helps me hit my protein goals for the day and because I'm not usually hungry for actual food that early in the morning. I do typically eat 3 meals plus 2 snacks (one of which is my shake). I don't like to feel overly full at any point during the day, so for me, this all kind of works. What works for you could be completely different!
    edited June 14
  • WorkerDrone83WorkerDrone83 Posts: 2,670Member, MFP Moderator, Greeter, Premium MFP Moderator Posts: 2,670Member, MFP Moderator, Greeter, Premium MFP Moderator
    I can't vouch for the validity of the statement, but I've been told by an Olympic strength training coach/nutritionist that was hired by the Army, that you should get at least 8 grams of protein within 20 mins of your workout, or you might as well not have worked out at all.

    Again, I don't know if it's 'woo' or not, but I didn't see any harm in it. Plus, it ended up getting us free chocolate milk at the gym so that was a definite plus. haha
  • SheepDog26SheepDog26 Posts: 9Member, Premium Member Posts: 9Member, Premium Member
    I usually have mine within an hour of working out. It might come down to personal preference. I love my shakes so I always look at it as a treat.
  • floofyschmooferfloofyschmoofer Posts: 200Member Member Posts: 200Member Member
    I usually drink mine on the way home from the gym which averages out to about 10-15 minutes after my workout.
  • Fighterforever473Fighterforever473 Posts: 9Member Member Posts: 9Member Member
    Thanks guys!!! x
  • shaykinhandshaykinhand Posts: 49Member Member Posts: 49Member Member
    I've always heard it's best to drink it within 30 minutes after your workout to get the full effects of it (what ever that full effect may be ? lol) So if I drink protein or eat, it's right after my workout.
  • sardelsasardelsa Posts: 8,252Member Member Posts: 8,252Member Member
    I wouldn't concern yourself with meal timing unless you are an elite athlete or bodybuilder. Even so it is more exaggerated than it needs to be. I only drink protein shakes if I need extra protein that day and it is usually much later than my workout. I get regular protein throughout the day and have a high protein lunch after my workouts so I don't worry about meal timing.

    Do what works for you.
  • mmapagsmmapags Posts: 8,076Member Member Posts: 8,076Member Member
    Protein timing is largely irrelevant as long as you are getting enough every day. Your own preference, schedule and performance should be the deciding factors.
  • mmapagsmmapags Posts: 8,076Member Member Posts: 8,076Member Member
    I've always heard it's best to drink it within 30 minutes after your workout to get the full effects of it (what ever that full effect may be ? lol) So if I drink protein or eat, it's right after my workout.

    Not true. Muscle Protein Synthesis happens for up to 72 hours after exercise. The "anabolic window" is not so small as once believed. If getting in you protein right after workout is what you prefer, great. But there is not harm if you didn't take it in for a couple of hours. As sardelsa said, if you are in the <1% of elite athletes or body builders it may make the slight difference for competing. But it is going to be minor.
    edited June 14
  • Roza42Roza42 Posts: 184Member Member Posts: 184Member Member
    I drink mine while working out, lol. Only way I can finish without being ravenous.
  • MikePTYMikePTY Posts: 2,930Member, Premium Member Posts: 2,930Member, Premium Member
    Never. I will usually have a high protein meal with food 30 minutes to an hour after my workout, but meal timing is largely irrelevant. I never drink my protein.
  • RedordeadheadRedordeadhead Posts: 525Member Member Posts: 525Member Member
    There is no single "correct way". If your goal is only weight loss and general fitness, don't worry about it.
  • sijomialsijomial Posts: 15,244Member Member Posts: 15,244Member Member
    I don't.

    It won't do you any harm to have some protein within a certain time of exercising but it's going to make a completely trivial impact to "results".
    Concentrate on hitting a sensible daily protein goal instead.

    If you feel the need to aspire to optimal (most people don't need to at all) then a mixed macro meal in the two hours before and after heavy exercise would cover all bases. Again - it's not necessary for all but those with either elite aspirations or trying to compensate for a sub-optimal overall diet.

    Get the basics right first - the quality of your training program and your overall diet.
  • ChieflrgChieflrg Posts: 7,868Member Member Posts: 7,868Member Member
    I usually eat withing a hour or so after lifting but my sessions are about 150 minutes and I only have a protein shake and a banana before lifting to break my fast in the morning so I'm pretty hungry from those two things.

    I usually suggest to people who's goal is general fitness to just eat a reasonably balanced meal when they are hungry. If they are a athlete, we may peek at the macros and EAAs after making sure calories are there. Calories first on anybody regardless.
  • alondrakaralondrakar Posts: 67Member Member Posts: 67Member Member
    I don't drink them at all.
  • vanityy99vanityy99 Posts: 708Member Member Posts: 708Member Member
    After my workouts
  • Sharon_CSharon_C Posts: 2,056Member Member Posts: 2,056Member Member
    Protein timing is not important--that is old school thinking. Overall protein intake throughout the day is. I drink mine before my workout
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