132. Protein Timing: Is There an Anabolic Window of Opportunity?
This presentation will discuss the theory of a post-workout “anabolic window of opportunity” whereby the consumption of protein within 1 hour after exercise is necessary to maximize muscular adaptations. A thorough discussion of the literature will provide context as to these claims, and present alternative evidence of a “peri-workout anabolic window” whereby the need for post-exercise protein intake ultimately depends on the proximity of the pre-workout meal. Moreover, relevance of the benefits of protein timing will be explored with respect to specific populations and goals. This is an evidence-based presentation that will draw heavily on research findings from Brad’s lab as well as those of others.
Planned with the Committee for Lifelong Learning
- Synthesize the results of research on protein timing and understand its strengths and limitations in drawing evidence-based conclusions on the topic
- Describe the concept of the “peri-workout window” and how it affects the relevance of the post-exercise anabolic window of opportunity
- Determine how to distribute daily protein needs to optimize muscular adaptations
Learning Need Codes:
- 2070 Macronutrients: carbohydrate, fat, protein, fiber, water
- 3030 Anthropometrics, body composition
- 4060 Exercise, fitness, sports nutrition
- 10.2.2 Works collaboratively with interdisciplinary team to identify and implement valid and reliable nutrition assessment tools to support access to care.
- 8.1.3 Integrates knowledge of macronutrients and micronutrients for absorption, digestion and metabolism throughout the life span in practice.
- 8.2.4 Imparts knowledge of the importance of physical activity and applies behavior change principles to promote physical activity and decrease inactivity.
Brad Schoenfeld, PhD
Associate Professor in Exercise Science, Graduate Program Director, and Director of the Human Performance Laboratory
CUNY Lehman College