By now we’re sure you’ve heard that it’s important to have protein after a workout, but between heading off to work or picking up the kids from school, there’s not always time for a post-workout meal. But how important is it to have protein immediately after a workout?
Why You Need Protein
When you exercise, you make microscopic tears in your muscle fibers that need to be repaired. Your body uses the amino acids found in protein to create muscles cells that heal the tiny tears and increase muscle size and overall amount of muscle tissue. In order to keep your muscles healthy and toned you need protein.
Best Time to Eat Protein
While it’s a common misconception that you need to consume protein right after you work out, it’s the daily protein intake that matters more than when you eat it. It’s best to spread out your protein intake throughout the day, so you’re getting some in every meal.
How Much Protein Do You Need?
This depends on your fitness goals and workout routine. Strength training usually requires more protein than cardio or endurance training. Protein also makes you feel fuller, so if you’re trying to lose weight, it’s a great way to help you get fit without losing muscle mass.