Anyone who’s ever tried to pack on muscle quickly and effectively will know the struggle of consuming enough protein and, equally importantly, enough calories.

For some, this can mean loading up on protein shakes from dawn till dusk. This can leave you asking one crucial question: is it okay/safe to take a protein isolate before bed?

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Taking a whey protein isolate before bed: why do it?

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Is it okay to take a whey protein isolate supplement before bed?

There are a couple of reasons why you might want to take a protein isolate supplement before bed. The most common two are:

  • because you haven’t quite met your calorie/protein quota for the day, or,
  • because you think it will maximize gains.

You’re not silly for taking a supplement before bed for either of these things — it makes sense, right? If you want to pack on muscle fast, you need to get enough calories and enough protein (at whatever cost!). If you’re just trying to maximize muscle gain, your body should have protein available to it all day around — especially during recovery time.

While the thinking here might not be flawed, the more important question is whether it’s healthy to take a protein isolate supplement before bed.

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Whey isolate supplements are supposed to contain a high ratio of protein.

Is it healthy to take a whey protein isolate before bed?

The most crucial question is whether taking a protein isolate before bed is OK for your health.

At the end of the day, it’s never great to eat before bed. It hinders digestions, and may cause trouble sleeping or weight gain.

However, if you haven’t got much choice about when you can get your protein supplement in, then it’s not like taking it before bed will kill you.

In fact, taking a protein isolate supplement before bed is much healthier than taking any old protein powder, as whey isolates typically contain one of the highest proportions of protein and the least other nutrients (like sugars).

You can read more about the types of whey protein powder here.

The conclusion

Where possible, avoid eating before bed. However, if you’ve got to get your protein supplement in some time — and the only option for that is before bed — then it probably won’t do you too much harm. In fact, a protein isolate is much healthier than other protein supplements as it contains a higher ratio of protein than other whey supplements.

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Anyone who's ever tried to pack on muscle quickly and effectively will know the struggle of consuming enough protein and, equally importantly, enough calories. For some, this can mean loading up on protein shakes from dawn till dusk. This can leave you asking one crucial question: is it okay/safe to...