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Any advice on protein supplements?

Tags: Exercise , Fitness

I have started to increase weight training in the gym and a friend suggested that I look into protein supplements. Any advice?

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The answer

There is no doubt that post exercise nutrition is an important part of the recovery process but there are so many products to choose from that it all becomes a bit confusing. The truth is that all the proteins and nutrients required can be obtained inexpensively through normal foods. Provided you are not expecting to train again within an hour or two after your last exercise session, a wholemeal turkey sandwich, a glass of milk and a couple of oatcakes, for example, can be just as good and more enjoyable than a manufactured recovery supplement.  The key is to eat and drink within 30 minutes to 1 hour after your training session as this is the time when your body is best geared to receive and utilise the nutrients.

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