I have previously made the point that protein shakes can be overkill if you’re looking to lose fat.
For most hard-working men who spend the majority of their day sat behind a computer, a protein shake is an unnecessary addition to your total daily calorie intake.
Funnily enough, most of the advertisements that suggest you should drink protein shakes often showcase gym-monkey type men sinking a shake after their fourth weight training session of the day.
From a personal point of view, as soon as I cut protein shakes out of my day-to-day routine, my waistline measurements dropped significantly.
That’s because a lot of whey protein powders are designed to have the same effect on your body as sugar.
This is because in order for your muscles to recover from a workout quickly, you need to stimulate the hormone insulin.
Insulin is the hormone that transports nutrients to muscles.
So the quicker you can get the nutrients to muscles, the faster they recover.
Problem is, if you keep sinking protein shakes from behind your desk all day, it’s more than likely you’re going to start storing some of this excess “sugar” as fat.
Now it’s not all doom and gloom.
There’s a really effective way of maximising your shake’s capabilities of recovering from strenuous exercise. Just keep in mind the word ‘strenuous’.
By strenuous I mean either an intensive interval training session OR a resistance training session.
So if you want your muscles to recover fast but you don’t want to build a belly in the process… here’s what to do.
Workout first thing in the morning in a fasted state (men burn a lot more fat in a fasted state then they do if they’ve eaten food pre-workout)
After you’ve finished your workout, wait for 1 hour and then drink your shake. That’s it.
Why this works.
By waiting for an hour you allow your body to clear the blood of fatty acids, triglycerides and toxins.
In short, you keep burning fat after your workout.
People often make the mistake of shutting off this process immediately so they don’t lose any ‘gainz‘.
Trust me the difference of doing this after just one week is more than impressive.
The 1 hour wait also creates more of a demand from muscle tissue to absorb any protein and/or nutrients.
So if you’ve got a busy day…
Do your workout, wait for one hour and sink your protein shake with a banana.
This is muscle recovery without the belly.