Whey protein is the most studied supplement after Creatine. It has been proven that protein helps build muscle, with the ideal ingestion time being immediately post-workout, or in your “anabolic window.” The only protein that is able to be digested within 45 minutes is whey due to its purity and chemical properties. Whey usually comes in a few forms: Hydrolysate, Isolate and Concentrate. Isolate is more filtered, and is more quickly absorbed by the body than Concentrate. However, it is important to keep a balance of both, since your muscles have a constant demand for protein.
Snyder advises sports dietitians to help athletes choose postworkout foods they like and that are portable so they’re more inclined to meet their requirements. “Recovery can be as simple as a grab-and-go meal or shake,” she says. “In the college setting, we make this available and have a system in place for all athletes to grab something in the weight room on their way out. We educate them on their postlift needs during their individual nutrition consults. Many eat dinner postpractice at our training table or at the dining hall where a dietitian is available for live plate coaching as well.”
What you are looking at is two different measurements of protein synthesis in the human body. “Whole body protein synthesis” is a measurement of the protein synthesis happening in your entire body. This includes things like your liver, heart, lungs, brain GI Track and your muscles. This measurement does not tell you WHICH part of your body the protein synthesis is happening in, just that it is happening. “Muscle protein synthesis” is specifically measuring the amount of protein synthesis that is happening IN your skeletal muscle.