When you wake up, your body is essentially coming off a 7-9-hour fast, and it’s breaking down muscle protein to convert it into fuel. The best way to halt this process is to take about 40 grams of whey protein.
Whey is the fastest-acting protein you can consume, especially if you choose a whey protein isolate or, even faster, a whey protein powder with whey hydrolysates (whey proteins broken down into smaller fragments for speedier entry into your bloodstream). The amino acids from whey rapidly enter your blood to be used for fuel, instead of muscle proteins. Those aminos not used for fuel will go to your muscles to rebuild them.
Whey protein also contains peptides that enhance blood vessel dilation, which means you’ll have greater blood flow to your muscles to enhance the delivery of not only the aminos in the whey but also more testosterone. This is important when you wake up, since that’s when your T levels are highest.
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