It’s interesting to see how people consume their protein and supplements throughout the day. And one of the debates that’s been going on for a long time is whether you should consume your protein before, after, or even during your workouts.
The main thing you should focus on is actually consuming the right amount of daily protein for your fitness and bodybuilding goals. So whether you consume the bulk of the protein in the morning, before your workout, or after your workout, or in the evening; won’t make a huge difference especially if you are in the early phases of your training.
Personally, I prefer to consume my protein shake after my workout and I use it for convenience to boost my protein intake quickly throughout the day.
So when I’m working in an office environment and I know I need to add 25-50g of protein to my system within the working day, I can easily consume a protein shake especially if I am quite busy.
I can make it myself or if I have an assistant, I can ask them to make me a protein shake and bring it to me as they would do a cup of coffee or tea.
There are a couple of things that you should consider when taking a protein shake throughout your day.
Will the protein shake make you fart?
As unpleasant as it is, you cannot unleash your smelly farts in an office environment. So if you know that the protein shake that you are taking causes you to fart, then you want to consume the shake either after working hours or within the finishing hours of your working day.
Ideally, consume as much protein as possible from natural sources so that you will only need to take the protein after your workout or even after your dinner.
Will you be able to consume protein quickly after your workout?
If you do a tough workout, your body should start craving for fuel in the form of protein and carbohydrates. If you are able to get the fuel from natural sources such as eggs, fish, meats, or other sources, then consume them as close to when you have finished your workout.
If this isn’t possible (e.g. you have to cook, you are commuting, etc), then it will be more convenient to take a protein shake so you can get the protein into your system quickly.
You can then consume protein from natural sources when convenient.
Avoid consuming food or drinks (even protein shakes) before an intense workout.
The last thing that you want to do is feel uneasy when you workout. You can workout fasted (where you haven’t consumed anything), and this will give you peace of mind knowing that you won’t risk throwing up or feeling queezy during your workout.
If you consume food or drinks (particularly protein shakes), you risk having your body not digest it properly or it may be in the process of digesting. This could see you regurgitate what you have just eaten (throw up or feel queezy), or it could cause you to fart or go to the toilet.
Pay attention to how your body operates and then decide what is the best approach for you.
From personal experience, I find a fasted workout is better and then consume any protein shakes or food sources after the workout.