The cost of buying whey protein powder is significantly cheaper than buying casein protein powder. Even whole foods replicate this rule – generally, a chicken breast is a little cheaper per serving than some cottage cheese.
The Cons of Whey Protein Before Bed
Whey protein is generally taken after a workout when your glycogen levels are depleted and the muscle fibers have been torn to shreds. This is a perfect time for this fast-digesting and absorbing protein that will get into the blood stream quickly and shuttle the nutrients to the appropriate cells.
When your body is at rest (for example, before bed), whey protein does not efficiently feed your body properly throughout the night because it soaks up the nutrients too quickly. Casein, in this case, is the ultimate choice for a slow feed to keep your body from falling into a catabolic state.
Just like eating a fast carb such as white rice or white potatoes over brown rice or sweet potatoes, a quick protein can also cause a jump in the insulin levels. Insulin (which is the hormone responsible for monitoring how much sugar is absorbed by your body) is directly directed to weight gain and primarily fat storage. Keeping your insulin levels steady is the key to maintaining and achieving greater fat loss- especially during the night. Whey protein although has its many weight loss benefits, it can be associated with weight gain when taken without care.
Since whey protein is primarily taken post-workout, it does have the reputation of having some simple sugars within its makeup, especially in the sweeter flavors like chocolate and strawberry. Raising your blood sugar right before when there is zero time to burn off any excess calories from the day is not the way to go. Blood sugar, like raising your insulin levels, is directly related to fat gain and storage of fat cells when not able to burn through calories.
Whey protein is a must-have in your supplement stack but taking before bed is the worst time to take in this form of protein. It will give you a slight energy boost for the morning and could possibly promote some fat loss; the cons definitely outweigh the pros.
Overall fat gain is more likely to happen in the average fitness enthusiast and your energy will be so much greater when the body has been given a slower-digesting protein. Save some extra money this next paycheck and get some tubs of cottage cheese or grab a bag of some delicious Myprotein Casein and fuel your body correctly!