Do I Need To Eat Protein After Working Out?

Protein is a MUST following intense exercise, especially weight-resistance exercise.  And MOST especially a source that is highly bio-available to the body, since the body will be craving aminos like MAD.

In helping the young aspiring fitness/figure lady referenced in another post below, she did not realize the importance of taking in protein after a workout.

Studies will argue about how much time can pass after the workout before it becomes too late to benefit from the protein; some studies will state that it MUST be taken in within 45 minutes, others will say any time within two hours is fine.

Why chance it…I stick to the 45 minute window and make sure I, or the person I’m working with, is getting the highest quality bio-available protein there is (the raw whey protein) even DURING the workout, and definitely immediately after, fully consumed within that 45 minute window.

The amount will depend on the person’s overall size.  For extreme bodybuilders, they can often consume a full two grams worth per pound of bodyweight, per day…a 200 pound bodybuilder can take in a whopping 400 grams per day.

These are crazy amounts in our opinion, but studies suggest, that for a bodybuilder SPECIFICALLY, with the demands they place on their bodies, that the body may indeed be able to metabolize that much protein during a day.

In our opinion, the bodybuilder really needs to maintain the amount of daily work he/she is engaged in, to be taking in those amounts.  Taking in too much protein, especially over time, can tax the kidneys too much, an issue we absolutely want to avoid.

But a solid one gram’s worth per pound of body weight for our figure/fitness competitor is a great happy-medium.  As referenced elsewhere, if muscle soreness is still experienced, occasional supplemental glutamine can be used to compensate (see our other post on that topic).

A clean raw whey protein is the most bi0-available source of aminos that there is, and we use Dr. Webster’s over at  If you want to try it, put Tim’s name…facelessfatloss…in the coupon code and you’ll get a discount on the most awesome whey protein on the planet.  Clean, no added ingredients, no hormones, grass-fed-cow-sourced the way nature intended.

Avalon Light Therapy: Shame on You Avalon.

We where very disappointed with the Avalon red light therapy LED seminar we attended a few weeks back at a local establishment.  Their information was about 80% familiar to us, and although the presentation itself was well done, and a couple neat little new tidbits were learned, they pulled the typical sales pitch (which was to be expected) but at such an obnoxiously high price that it basically enraged us.

Any time alternative therapy is offered that can help people in pain, we become highly suspicious of where their hearts really are, what their true motivations are.  Fact is, the LED red light technology, covering the full spectrum of red wavelengths that can be beneficial to the human body can be had for far, far less money than what this group of traveling salespeople promote it for.

To insult the audience with “now at a $700 savings if purchased during this seminar” crap is a dark-age sales tactic that the new paradigm we are now in has no tolerance for.

You’re either here to help people with your technology, or you’re here to make money.

The new way of humanity *has no room for BOTH*.

The red and blue light technologies are absolutely worthwhile and effective.  They are NOT selling a worthless product, not by far.  They have simply incorporated a few extra gizmos into their product line, making it uniquely theirs, and in that process over charge by approximately 1000 (one-thousand) percent mark-ups, likely making them a small fortune off of other people’s hopes to get better, and off of other people’s pain.

We all have to spend some money to help ourselves get well.  We live in a monetary world.  Expenses are expected.

But to overcharge for something this severely is uncalled for, and in our opinion, puts this company in the realm of the quackwatch, ONLY for the reason that you can buy red spectrum light LED technologies from other manufacturers, deriving the same or very similar benefit, for far less money.

Shame on you Avalon for exploiting people financially.

How to use isolated Aminos: Glutamine

One member of the Maintenance Motions team is working with an aspiring pro-bikini and/or figure competitor.  She is very young, soon to turn 21, and although she has worked out in her past, she has never tackled the weights at the gym the way she is being instructed to now.  Her current condition is one of about 15 extra pounds, which she’ll have the next 9 weeks to chisel down and get herself into the bikini/fitness condition she needs to be in, in order to compete.

After being introduced to some serious leg work, including leg extensions for quads, some light squatting, hamstrings and inner/outer thighs, and then some heavy-duty calf work, she is beyond sore the next day.  This is of course a good sign, and lets her body know there was some serious break-down of muscle tissue that is in need of repair.

The latest research shows we have an UP TO 45 minute window of time to get protein in, after a workout, else the workout is a total waste of time as the body eats its own muscle tissue as a protein source.  Some studies suggest we can have a full two hour window to work with, but I say why wait if we can have our protein sooner rather than later ASSURING we’re getting what we need, WHEN we need it?

Our favorite is a raw whey protein that is described in the FacelessFatloss program.

But in situations like these, where a serious athlete is training for an event, we can use isolated amino acids on a temporary basis for almost medicinal-type use…supplementing with them just enough to help overcome the soreness, and enable a much faster recovery.
The professional competitors often use glutamine for this very purpose, anywhere from a minimum of 2 grams up to 5 grams or more to help in the recovery process.

And it works.  Really well.