The Anabolic Window: Is it Vital to Consume Protein Immediately Post-Workout?

The term “anabolic window”; refers to the 30-60 minutes post workout when muscle are supposedly in an ideal state to utilize protein for growth and recovery. In the past, many experts agreed that forgetting to feed with protein during this window would impair training adaptations. However, an emerging body of evidence suggests this anabolic window may last several hours after finishing a workout. While it is still important to consume a post workout protein shake to maximize muscle protein (MPS) synthesis when it is at its highest; what is more vital is to eat enough total protein on a daily basis to maintain a positive nitrogen balance and keep MPS elevated.

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