There are so many proteins to choose from, and I still hear people say, “Whey is the best protein.” Right? WRONG! Well at least it depends on when you consume it. Most people don’t know, but like carbs, different proteins have various digestive rates. From fastest to slowest are: whey, eggs (whites), fish, poultry, red meat, casein, yogurt, cottage cheese. So if you are consuming whey first thing in the morning and immediately after your workouts, then YES, it is the best protein, but if you have it before bed, then NO, it is not!
Right when you wake up your body needs to be refueled just like after a long workout, so whey and eggs (whites) are your best protein options. Throughout the day, fish, poultry, and red meat are best to consume. Before bed however, you need something that is going to sustain you throughout the night and prevent you from entering the dreaded catabolic state when your body breaks down all that hard earned muscle. You want casein, yogurt, or cottage cheese before you hit the sheets because your body breaks it down at the slowest rate.
It takes a lot of practice, but small alterations to your diet such as these can make a world of difference in how high your energy is, how great you feel, and how amazing you look! So to get the best use of your proteins, and eat the right ones at the right time!
About Team 360’s Ted Kelliher
Ted Kelliher is a former MA native who currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. Since his teenage years he became passionately involved in music and bodybuilding. Both of which were positive influences on his move to LA in his mid 20’s. To fit his busy life style, he can only afford to work out 3 days a week during the off season, much less than any competitive body builder would recommend, but he makes it work to his advantage. When it is time to dial in his physique for competition, he does what he can with the little time he has by squeezing in 5 gym sessions a week at most if he is lucky. Constantly tweaking his diet and exercise program to make ends meet, Kelliher does his best to stay on top.