Out of the hundreds of emails I get each week, more than half are from people who are interested in knowing which supplements to take or what the best way is to take the supplements they're currently using.
So this article will show you when to take some of the top supplements and how to get the most out of them.
Creatine, glutamine, and protein are 3 of the top supplements for gaining lean muscle and strength. But what are the best times to take these proven supplements?
Here's what I've found personally works best for me as well as tracking clients progress using these 3 supplements (which, by the way, are about the only 3 I recommend to clients, other than protein/meal replacements, EFA's and a good multi-vitamin).
There's a lot of conflicting research that shows creatine and glutamine may compete directly with one another for cell transport and absorption.
That's because both creatine and glutamine use the same transport method (sodium) to be absorbed by the body, so there's a chance that one will get absorbed more than the other.
Even though there are different theories as to whether this is true or not, here's my thought: By-pass the entire problem by just splitting up the timing a little bit.
Here are the best times to take these 3 proven supplements:
The best times to take ANY protein drink or protein supplements are as follows.
I've listed them in order of importance, so based upon your affordability, start at the top of the list and work down.
1. Most important time---right after a workout.
Your muscles are like a sponge and need instant nutrition for muscle recovery and growth.
2. Right before bed.
You're about to sleep for 6 to 8 hours. That's a long time without protein.
Could you imagine going throughout your day (when awake) not eating 6 to 8 hours?
Right before bed is important.
3. Right upon waking.
Same thing, you've just gone 6 to 8 hours without proper nutrition. Your body needs protein quick.
4. Half hour before a workout.
This sets up the "anabolic window" before your workout and provides your muscles with adequate nutrition so that the effects of weight training (weight training breaks down muscle--called catabolic)are not as severe.
These are the best times for protein. It can be regular whole food or protein supplements, again, based on your affordability.
Protein supplements may be better than whole food in these times because its digested quicker. But start at the top and work down.
If you can afford 4 servings, you'll really notice the difference in muscle gains and fat loss.
I hope this article helped shed some light on when to take the 3 most important supplements for gaining mass and strength:
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