How much protein should I consume after a workout?

Protein is the key building block in the building and maintaining of muscle. However, many people consume a large portion of their daily allowance of protein directly after their workout because they assume that it is most beneficial at that time. Research shows that only 20 to 40 grams of protein after a workout is necessary. The best protein source is whey, a fast digesting protein found in milk and often sold in powder form. Other sources include low-fat yogurt, chicken or salmon. Keep in mind, that muscles remain responsive to protein up to 24 hours after a workout so there is no need to rush and eat chicken directly after a workout. Just make sure to space out the ingestion of protein otherwise it simply gets expelled as waste.

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