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Old 08-23-2013, 07:59 AM   #1
Robert Spencer
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Protein Shake Before Bed

I currently drink two protein shakes a day. One after workout and one between lunch and dinner as a snack.

I have read some interesting articles on drinking a shake before bed and thought about moving my snack shake to that time and eating a different snack between lunch and dinner.

Currently my before bed snack is a cup of slow churned Breyers ice cream, my guilty pleasure.

Since I workout first thing in the morning I was thinking the digestion of protein during sleep might help a bit with the 530am workout as opposed to drinking it mid-day.

Is anyone else drinking a shake before bed? If so, any positive results?
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Old 08-23-2013, 08:03 AM   #2
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Re: Protein Shake Before Bed

As long as you are getting enough protein per day it shouldn't matter as much when you drink it. However, I do think a protein shake before bed is probably a better alternative than ice cream for your goals and they taste pretty good too if you mix them with milk and ice and use a blender.
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Old 08-23-2013, 12:34 PM   #3
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Re: Protein Shake Before Bed

I make my shakes with vanilla almond milk, a banana, two handfuls of blueberries, and six strawberries
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Old 08-23-2013, 12:42 PM   #4
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Re: Protein Shake Before Bed

protein shakes before bed are awesome. i usually make mine by just eating a whole chicken.
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Old 08-23-2013, 12:43 PM   #5
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Old 08-23-2013, 01:17 PM   #6
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protein shakes before bed are awesome. i usually make mine by just eating a whole chicken.


For some of us it's easier to pound a protein shake in about 10 seconds than to take a half hour eating a chicken though
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Old 08-23-2013, 09:32 PM   #7
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For some of us it's easier to pound a protein shake in about 10 seconds than to take a half hour eating a chicken though
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Old 08-26-2013, 09:02 AM   #8
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Re: Protein Shake Before Bed

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I make my shakes with vanilla almond milk, a banana, two handfuls of blueberries, and six strawberries
Wow, how much sugar is in that?

That shake is equivalent to ice cream with a little less fat and a bit more protein.
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Old 08-26-2013, 09:07 AM   #9
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Re: Protein Shake Before Bed

Drink a casein shake before bed. It takes much longer for the body to process than whey, thus keeping you satiated longer throughout the 7-8 hours of sleep. You'll still wake hungry because that's a long time to fast, but your body will have nutrients for a longer time within the night.
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Drink a casein shake before bed. It takes much longer for the body to process than whey, thus keeping you satiated longer throughout the 7-8 hours of sleep. You'll still wake hungry because that's a long time to fast, but your body will have nutrients for a longer time within the night.
This is sound advice.

Whey protein takes 2-3 hours to absorb and be processed, whereas casein protein takes up to 12 hours. This means your body will make the most of it while you sleep. Milk also contains casein protein so if you don't want to buy a separate supplement, you could consider drinking milk before bed, or just having a shake with milk.
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