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September 25, 2011 10:31 PM
i was drinking mine right away because i thought that it was supposed to be had within 30-45mins. my trainer last week told me that i am still burning cals up to 45mins after my workout so i should be waiting 45mins and then drinking it. huh?? what?? is that true?? not that i am doubting her, but what do you all think and do?
Edited by gailygail99 On September 25, 2011 10:31 PM
  3862201
September 25, 2011 10:32 PM
I wait 30 minutes after. Q
  11219420
September 25, 2011 10:33 PM
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I wait 30 minutes after. Q


thx!!
  3862201
September 25, 2011 10:36 PM
bump! ;)
September 25, 2011 10:36 PM
i drink water happy
  3431955
September 25, 2011 10:37 PM
No clue what's "right" but I usually drink my protien shake as soon as I get home, which is 15-30 minutes depending on traffic
  10668546
September 25, 2011 10:38 PM
QUOTE:

No clue what's "right" but I usually drink my protien shake as soon as I get home, which is 15-30 minutes depending on traffic


i am about 30mins from the gym so i guess i will prob do the same..just wait till i get home. thanks
  3862201
September 25, 2011 10:39 PM
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i drink water happy


haha..well i mix mine with water laugh
  3862201
September 25, 2011 10:50 PM
I usually drink mine when I get home from the gym - usually takes 10-15 mins to get back home (depending on how I hit the lights). Since I prefer to drink mine with milk - I have to wait til I get home since I don't have anyway to keep the milk cold during the time I'm working out.
  3200790
September 25, 2011 10:51 PM
I drink mine right after to start the recover process sooner.
  2006784
September 25, 2011 10:53 PM
I haven't researched this previously but my understanding is that you are taking the protein shake (presumably low carbohydrate) to help your body make the adaptations that you've asked of it through resistance training so should perhaps be consuming it within 30-60 minutes of finishing your workout. Protein will take time to be broken down and is unlikely to be converted to energy stores so your body would still continue burning fat stores (assuming a deficit).

Also remember that your body needs amino acids broken down from protein to build muscle (as asked of it through resistance training) so, if it doesn't see any sign of protein intake, it may start breaking down other muscles not used in that workout to get what it needs.
September 25, 2011 11:08 PM
I have been old by several friends who are personal trainers to drink one within an hour (45 mins) or even to eat a meal.

Just what I have been told xx

When you train and if you train "Hard" then your body is depleted of glycogen and such, you need to get those back!!

I would personally say good old Coconut Water!! Low in fat and fantastic for getting those nutrients back to where we need them !!! xx
  11221238
September 25, 2011 11:09 PM
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i drink water happy


Whilst training, but your body needs so much after a good work out!

Try coconut water .... NOT milk, but water xxx
  11221238
September 25, 2011 11:16 PM
thx for all the suggestions..i do use a whey isolate and it is low carb...so it is absorbed fast into the body...i guess i will stick with waiting around 30mins, no longer, to drink that bad boy! thanks again!
  3862201
September 25, 2011 11:22 PM
i eat an apple on the drive home and finish my water bottle - all gone within 20 min of finishing my workout!

Once l get home it's back into mum mode and l wouldn't get around to having anything if l waited?
September 25, 2011 11:26 PM
most professionals will say within 2hrs but within the first 15 min is optimal for replacing your glycogen stores...that's key to giving you energy for your workouts the next day:) You'll still be burning calories whether you're drinking your protein shake or not...hope that helps!
September 25, 2011 11:26 PM
mmm coconut water:) So good for you!
Edited by jazzybean1 On September 25, 2011 11:28 PM
September 25, 2011 11:39 PM
A low carb protein shake will not replace glyocogen stores - you need carbs for that! Simple carbs are the best for quickly replacing glycogen stores. Protein is for the muscle rebuilding. If you get a shaky/wiped out feeling after working out, it's carbs you need. Your body uses them the best after a work out, so it's the best time to eat carbs.
September 26, 2011 3:10 AM
Your body can keep burning calories for hours after your workout, depending on how much strength training you did. Really any time 2-3 hours after is fine; consider that your body takes a LONG time to rebuild muscle, and your body takes a LONG time to digest & distribute protein. It's not as exact as some people say it is.

edit, I mean to say, anytime *before* 2-3 hours. But don't stress it.
Edited by sugarbone On September 26, 2011 3:12 AM
September 26, 2011 3:57 AM
I workout by running, so after my cool down walk of 5 min I stretch and turn on the shower. Then I drink my shake/eat a can of tuna while I wait for the water to warm up.
September 26, 2011 4:54 AM
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A low carb protein shake will not replace glyocogen stores - you need carbs for that! Simple carbs are the best for quickly replacing glycogen stores. Protein is for the muscle rebuilding. If you get a shaky/wiped out feeling after working out, it's carbs you need. Your body uses them the best after a work out, so it's the best time to eat carbs.

This! If you are depleting your glycogen stores by exercising intensely for an extended period of time you need to a) eat something substantial to feed your muscles and promote recovery and b) eat something with carbohydrates in it!

Spiking your insulin after a hard workout allows your body to absorb any protein you are consuming. Having fruit + protein is your best bet, but if you are exercising for over an hour you need more carbohydrates to restore your glycogen levels smile
Edited by meagalayne On September 26, 2011 4:57 AM
September 26, 2011 5:01 AM
Bump for later.
  5680890
September 26, 2011 5:12 AM
I have it straight away. I workout at home so I can get it down me immediately. Don't think it would be a huge issue if you had it half an hour afterwards though.

I throw a scoop of whey, a small scoop of creatine and a couple of small scoops of dextrose (simple carbs to spike insulin and replenish glycogen) into my shaker and make it up with either 250ml of skim milk or water.

Jay
September 26, 2011 5:23 AM
Unless you are working out in a totally fasted state, it doesn't matter ad youre body is still processing the previous meals nutrients.
September 26, 2011 5:43 AM
Meal timing is irrelevant even after a workout. The anabolic window lasts 24 hours so unless you don't eat for over a day, you're fine.

You can either drink a shake after your workout, wait until a few hours later, or wait until even later after that.

It doesn't matter.

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