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Are you having extra protein after workout?

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi.

So do you think that eating more protein after workout would be healthy for you? Do you gulp in more protein after exercise? You are while doing so.

Because new research suggests that not only does excess post-workout protein not really do you any extra good, it might actually be bad for you.

In the study “Myofibrillar muscle protein synthesis rates subsequent to a meal in response to increasing doses of whey protein at rest and after resistance exercise,” researchers looked at the effects of ingesting 0, 10, 20, or 40 grams of whey protein isolate immediately after a weight training workout.

It was found that when it comes to muscle building and muscle recovery, 20g of protein post-workout seems to be the sweet spot. And 40g simply results in increased ammonia production due to higher protein breakdown rates – and all this extra ammonia has to be cleaned up and filtered by your kidneys, putting undue stress on these precious organs.

Approximately 20g of protein can be had from a couple of large eggs, or a 6-8oz portion of beef, chicken or fish, or a couple of scoops of whey protein, or a handful of seeds and nuts combined with a bowl of an amino acid rich grain such as quinoa. So don’t overdo it! More isn’t always better.

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  • beckyrunsbackwards

    Great post. I am a veggie and always get asked “where do you get your protein”. I believe while protein is important and I get mine from veggies and shakes, you can over load on it. I’ll remember this next time someone asks me! 👌🏻😊

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