The Anabolic Window
I'm sure most of us have heard of this lovely time period, referring to the 30-minute period after a workout in which your body is primed to receive essential nutrients like protein and carbohydrates to prevent muscle breakdown and help speed up muscle recovery recovery. While at face value this theory does sound solid, your body does not run on face values. What is important is that you maintain a higher protein and carbohydrate intake throughout the day. Taking in nutrients an hour after a workout has shown to have the same effect as taking in nutrients upwards of three to six hours afterwards. So don't stress about slamming that post workout protein shake or getting home quickly to throw down your chicken rice, I promise you your body won't know the difference if you wait a little longer.