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How to Use Protein Powder to Build Muscle

Learn about using protein powder to build muscle from DreamBodies' Tony DiCostanzo in this Howcast bodybuilding video.


You know, we live in a day and age when everybody talks about there not being enough hours in a day. There's not enough time for me to work out. There's not enough time for me to eat right. There's not enough hours in a day for me to get all of my meals prepared. Protein powder enables someone, and really empowers someone, to have the protein on the go. To have that powder when they need it. To be able to get protein in their system when they may not be able to necessarily eat a meal or two. Protein powders also, I think, are extremely important for those who are seeking to time their protein. Because the timing of your nutrients, if your goal is to put on lean muscle, it's extremely important to time how you administer protein and ingest protein throughout the day. Protein powder allows you to, it can be mixed with water, can be mixed with skim milk, but you can also utilize the powder to take before and after workouts, and even during workouts.

I teach my clients to almost like an intravenous drip, to feed their bodies protein throughout the day, constantly. And for some it's extremely difficult, if not sometimes impossible to be eating. Bring it with you to work. Open the baggy. Throw it in the water. Drink it down at your desk sometimes. So that's quick and efficient. But again, I think the most important thing to remember about the protein powder is not only that it's a good, solid fast source of getting protein into your system. But it's also a way to time your protein before, after, and during a workout. Since you don't want to be eating any solid foods right before a workout. A liquid digests in your body within twenty to thirty-five, forty minutes it's already digested. That allows you to have a shake as you're on your way to the gym, knowing that by the time you warm up and so on you'll be ready to go. With the protein, you'll be hydrating your body, and your muscle cells, and so on.

And then you could even slowly sip a protein cocktail or something like that during the workout. And then again even afterwards. So protein powder for a muscle building program, for someone seeking to put on lean tissue, I would consider protein powder to be truly indispensable. Especially when you consider the fact that you're going to be timing your protein. You're going to need more protein powder throughout the day and you can't always eat. Protein powder is something you definitely need in your arsenal.

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