I often get approached by women who just aren’t seeing the results they want. They spend hours in the gym whether it be doing cardio or strength based exercises yet are unhappy with their progress. Nine times out of ten it comes down to their nutrition, specifically what they consume post workout.
There seems to be a stigma and fear relating to post workout protein, that it makes you ‘bulky’ and ‘manly’. This may be due to a lack of understanding about how important protein really is after exercise.
Why drink a post workout protein shake?
During your workout, whether it be cardio or strength focused, you’re breaking down muscle tissue via a process known as catabolism to supply you with energy. Now, remember the notion ‘skinny fat’… well lets explain just how it happens. Some women spend hours breaking down muscle, leave the gym, don’t refuel properly and therefore end up in a state where they have in fact LOST muscle mass and kept their fat mass the same. Our bodies enter a state of gluconeogenesis (muscle breakdown) before ketosis (fat breakdown) and, especially in women, this is due to our in built survival instinct to conserve fat for pregnancy and times of starvation as it is so energy dense.
Which post workout protein should women drink?
The most common consumed protein after a workout is known as whey protein. This form is most rapidly absorbed by the body and transported to your muscles to repair and help re-build mass that has been broken down during your workout. A standard serving will supply you with approximately 20g of protein, an amount which will in no way make you ‘bulky’.
This post workout protein shake will supply you with essential amino acids that your body cannot produce by itself. It will kick start your muscle repair and recovery. But most importantly, it will take you out of that catabolic state that was doing nothing for your body composition and goals.
Other forms of protein such as casein, egg and blends of all three are also good sources of amino acids for muscular repair and recovery but the way they’re metabolised and absorbed is a topic for another different day.
Don’t be afraid!!
So ladies, do not be afraid of protein! With the correct post-workout nutrition you’ll actually start to see that your muscles appear more defined and you’ll feel more ‘toned’. You will become more efficient at breaking down fat and you’ll start to feel stronger and fitter.
You’ll probably find yourself feeling healthier, less fatigued and may even notice that your hair feels much thicker and grows faster.
Feed your body with the correct nutrition it needs and I guarantee that you’ll start seeing those results you train so hard for.
About the author
Vian Shathur is a food and fitness blogger, dental student and nut butter addict. Follow Vian on Twitter.
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