The research suggests that protein post-workout drinks don’t actually make that much difference to your muscles
2 September 2019| Last updated on 3 September 2019
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Thanks to practically anything written about fitness on Instagram or online, it’s been drilled into us that no workout is complete until you consume a certain amount of protein straight after.
It’s not always the most convenient thing to cook up a protein-packed meal after going to the gym, which is why so many of us have been turning to shakes to get our fix. While there must be some people who think they’re delicious, protein shakes are often described as tasting ‘chalky’, yet they’ve somehow gained a status of being an essential part of any regular gym-goers diet to aid muscle recovery and reduce any post-workout soreness.
He adds that research suggests that “omega-3s can help with the delayed onset of muscle soreness and again, you can take this by eating oily fish or via supplements”.
It’s not just protein you need to consider, but other aspects of your diet, like eating the right carbohydrates after training. Hobson explains: “These provide glycogen in the muscle, especially after cardio exercise”.
So it may not necessarily be the best plan to chug a protein shake after your gym session and assume that’s enough – it might be worth looking at the types of food you’re eating all day long to help speed up muscle recovery.