Before we go any further, let’s all agree that real food is definitely better. There is no question there. The reason I’m making this article is because people are telling me how bad protein shakes are after sessions. I just don’t agree in any way.
The only reason athletes have protein shakes is because they are so convenient and turn out cheaper. Do you really always want to be carrying a chicken breast with you for post session. Unless you’re The Rock, I don’t think so.
When I am at home and I get back from a canal or gym session I will always either cook chicken or boil eggs. Because it’s appropriate in that situation.
The second reason is because it is absorbed by the body faster than solid food as it’s a liquid. This means faster and more efficient muscle recovery. Fast-digesting protein like whey is optimal post-workout as it can help improve your muscles ability to recover and adapt after strenuous exercise.
Athletes who follow high-volume or high-intensity resistance-training programs, as many athletes do, may also benefit from carbohydrate intake immediately post-workout.
Just remember, as with any other supplements, they might help 1-2%. Most of your protein intake should come from solid foods.
If you take one thing away from this article it should be that if you don’t mind spending lots of money on chicken and have a lot of time on your hands to cook it. Go ahead. But I will stick to protein shakes when I’m travelling and away from home!
Thank you for reading!