Why You Don't Need 50 grams of protein after exercise. EndurElite Chief Endurance Officer Matt Mosman discusses the right amount of protein you should eat after exercise and why more isn't better.
Why Athletes Don't Need 50 Grams Of Protein After Exercise
Good morning, family of fast. Matt Mosman, the Chief Endurance Officer over at EndurElite. I hope you all are ready for an awesome weekend, but I wanted to answer a question I've been getting quite a bit lately on my Facebook messages. And that question is, why does RecoverElite only contain 14.5 grams of protein? And that's actually a really good question because a lot of you are probably accustomed to seeing anywhere from like 25 to 40 grams of protein in a recovery drink.
But here is the reason why RecoverElite has 14.5 grams of protein. It's basically because we use a high-quality form of protein called whey hydrolysate. This type of protein digests and absorbs quicker than even whey isolate and whey concentrate. But here's the kicker.
With the whey hydrolysate at 14.5 grams and the 1.5 grams of leucine we add to the formula, this equals about 25 grams of a high-quality whey isolate in terms of maximally stimulating muscle protein synthesis or the process that's responsible for muscle repair and recovery. So, that is the reason why we have that included the amount. So, the 14.5 grams of whey hydrolysate, just to repeat myself, plus the added leucine equals about 25 grams of a whey isolate in terms of maximally stimulating muscle protein synthesis.
How Much Protein You REALLY Need After Exercise
Now, I'm going to make one other point too. You don't need 40 to 50 grams of protein post-exercise. I kinda equate that to being a waste of your protein dollars. And here's why. Research has demonstrated time and time again that about 20 to 25 grams of protein is needed to maximally stimulate muscle protein synthesis.
Anything above that really doesn't do jack squat as far as promoting further muscle repair or recovery. So, again, you're just kind of wasting your money if you're going to over 25 grams of protein post-exercise or in the case of RecoverElite, the 14.5 plus the added leucine.
Why Leucine Is Important
And the thing with leucine too, and this is important to know too, the 14.5 grams of whey hydrolysate and the added leucine it basically...it hits that leucine trigger. Leucine's the BCA responsible for stimulating muscle protein synthesis. So, when it comes to protein consumption, leucine is the main trigger and that's what you want to make sure you have enough of in the amount of protein you're taking. So, if you take like 25 grams of a whey isolate, guess why they had make it that amount? Because that amount contains about 2.5 grams of leucine that acts as the trader for muscle protein synthesis.
So, that is the answer to your question about the amount of protein found in RecoverElite. I hope you all have an awesome weekend and until next time, stay fueled, stay focused, and stay fast.