Most people would have followed the advice of having a post workout meal within minutes. The science behind that being the Anabolic Window which is believed to be starting right from the tie your workout gets over.
There are a lot of theories surrounding this topic, some believe it lasts for a mere 30-45 minutes post workout while some believe its lasts for a good 2 hours but the ability to take in nutrients is at its prime within the first 30 minutes. The first 30 minutes is when the body is depleted of muscle glycogen stores and takes in food quickly in order to grow muscle mass. According to some researches people who consumed protein immediately after the workout fared slightly better than the ones who took a bit longer to consume protein. But the research considered only the protein consumption while other factors like carbohydrate intake and other factors were ignored.
After an intense workout the muscle fibers are damaged and the glycogen stores within those muscle tissues are depleted hence supplying them with some sort of fast acting protein like whey protein and fast absorbing carbohydrate will help rebuild, repair and recover the broken down muscle fibers.
The anabolic window is said to improve the rate at which muscle tissue recovers, increasing muscle protein synthesis, refilling muscle glycogen stores, and maximizing muscle hypertrophy and strength gains.
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