The biggest mistake many bodybuilders make is eating a meal of chicken breasts, baked potato or rice and vegetables after a workout. By the time that meal is digested, you’ve missed out on optimizing the anabolic, or nutritional, window of growth.
The best way to produce a potent anabolic effect is to simply drink an amino-acid-and-carbohydrate supplement within 15 minutes of training. Your body devours the essential amino acids during that nutritional window of growth. The best protein to use is ultrafast hydrolyzed whey, the quickest-acting bioavailable protein around’and that means faster, more complete recovery.
Editor’s note: For more on the anabolic window, see page 182 of the February ’02 IRONMAN.