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    Question about protein. I make a shake after a workout, but some people drink it during the workout. Does that make sense? During a workout I usually just want water. A lot of people say that the result is better.

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    Originally posted by davg View Post
    Question about protein. I make a shake after a workout, but some people drink it during the workout. Does that make sense? During a workout I usually just want water. A lot of people say that the result is better.
    You will get a lot of different answers to your question. Personally, I do not advocate for using a regular protein drink while training. It takes too much work for the body to digest it while training and the process isn't very efficient relative to using something like EAAs or even the old-school approach of BCAAs. My advice is that using EAAs would be a better option because they will hit the bloodstream faster and be more effective than a regular protein drink.

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      Scott Stevenson has posted information on this site about peri-workout nutrition if you want to look into the science behind it. When it comes to real world application, personally, I believe if your daily diet has adequate protein the benefits of perfect timing are so small it would not be noticeable. A lot of what you will read/hear about intra-workout shakes, people fail to mention (or assume others know) they are using additional things that shuttle nutrients and promote absorption during that time period.

      Fwiw, right now I use 25g of carbs in my intra then have a whole meal about 60-90 mins post training. During times where I was trying to grow I put as many calories in my shake as I could tolerate without it having a negative impact on my workout. That is something depending on your goals and personal digestion will have to play with to see what works for you.
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