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Old 02-01-09, 09:46 AM   #1
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Protein for Breakfast ??

Lately I've been putting whey protein supplement into my breakfast smoothie. Considering that most muscle growth/repair happens later during the night........how beneficial is that early morning protein--is it worth doing?
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Old 02-03-09, 11:49 AM   #2
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I do it, if I had a hard morning workout. Otherwise no. I'm no expert, I 'm just going by the popular idea of a protein shake after each workout, and sometimes before bed.
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It's very worthwhile. After waking up in the morning, your body hasn't been fed for 6-8 hours. It needs nutrients and the whey protein in the morning for muscle recovery from the previous days of training.

I generally take 2.5 protein shakes a day. One in the morning with breakfast. A half a shake with sugars(fruits/dextrose) 30mins-1hr before a hard workout to give me quick burning fuel during the workout. And a shake with dextrose(sugar to replenish glycogen stores) immediately after training. This nets about 60-65 grams of my daily protein through whey protein shakes. The rest of my protein throughout the day I get from food. I aim to get 100-120 grams of protein a day for my 148lb frame.

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I eat protein 6 x / day (supplements and real food). 200g/day ... so I don't lose the muscle I am building in my legs. If you don't take in enough protein, your body will take what it needs from your muscle tissue.

It's been working for me for well over 25 years of riding. I'm 235 lbs., and can climb the biggest hills there are. So, yes, eating protein for breakfast to help maintain my leg muscles is key to my riding routine.

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IMO it is very good to have protein in the morning, as well as consistently throughout the day.
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Eggs are a great protein source in the morning. Protein in the morning also keeps your blood sugar from spiking and makes you feel full longer.
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Rather than start a new thread...

I recently came across an old post claiming that:

- soy protein is better pre-/during-workout
- whey is better post-workout


Any truth to this?
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