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Sunday Mail - Body and Soul - - FRONT PAGE -

En­joy­ing some pro­tein after weight-based ex­er­cise is es­sen­tial for pro­tein syn­the­sis, the process in which mus­cle is built. When the body lifts weight, tiny tears are cre­ated in the mus­cles. In re­cov­ery mode, the body is able to re­pair th­ese tears, re­sult­ing in a stronger and big­ger mus­cle. If your pro­tein in­take is low at this point, the body can’t ef­fec­tively re­pair or main­tain mus­cle mass. In or­der to main­tain healthy mus­cles, the rec­om­men­da­tion is to have a pro­tein serve of about 20-30g in the first hour of fin­ish­ing ex­er­cise.

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