How can whey protein benefit me?
During exercise the body uses small amounts of amino acids for energy, specifically glutamine and the BCAAs leucine, isoleucine and valine. Thus, after a workout the goal is to replenish these and start the muscle repair process. Research shows that consuming a high quality protein like whey in combination with resistance exercise can boost the rate at which the body makes lean muscle mass. In fact, combining whey protein with a carbohydrate source post-workout shows to have the greatest benefit. Optimally a goal is to consume a 4:1 ratio of carbohydrates to protein.
Amy Goodson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD is a registered dietitian for Ben Hogan Sports Medicine and serves as the sports dietitian for the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, FC Soccer Dallas, Jim McClean Golf School, Texas Christian University Athletics, and University of Texas at Arlington Athletics. In addition, she is an adjunct professor and dietetic intern preceptor for Texas Woman’s University, Texas Christian University and the University of Texas at Arl