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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Defining the anabolic window of opportunity. Is protein intake immediately post resistance exercise critically important for muscle growth?
Author(s): Witard, Oliver
Tipton, Kevin
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Keywords: Protein timing
anabolic window of opportunity
daytime pattern of protein ingestion
resistance exercise training
muscle anabolism
muscle protein synthesis
Issue Date: Mar-2014
Date Deposited: 19-Jan-2016
Citation: Witard O & Tipton K (2014) Defining the anabolic window of opportunity. Is protein intake immediately post resistance exercise critically important for muscle growth?. Agro Food Industry Hi Tech, Sport Nutrition - 25 (2), pp. 10-13.
Abstract: The anabolic response of muscle to resistance exercise and protein feeding is influenced by multiple factors, including the timing of protein feeding. A common perception is that a 45-60 min post-exercise ‘anabolic window of opportunity' time frame exists, within which dietary protein must be consumed to achieve muscle anabolism (and ultimately muscle growth). In this review, we argue the importance of feeding protein immediately following exercise is not as critical as has been espoused. Indeed, muscle remains responsive to protein ingestion for at least 24 h post-exercise. On the other hand, given that feeding protein immediately post-exercise is unlikely to impair the muscle anabolic response, and could improve it, from a practical standpoint, we recommend athletes and exercisers consume some protein, as a meal or supplement, in the immediate period following resistance exercise.
Rights: Publisher policy allows this work to be made available in this repository. Published in Agro FOOD Industry Hi-Tech , Vol. 25(2) - March/April 2014 by Teknoscienze S.R.L. The original publication is available at:

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