Protein is a word that gets tossed around very often in the fitness world, and for good reason, of the three macronutrients it is the key nutrient for building muscle mass and can support with recovery after a good workout.

It’s important to use caution when considering your protein intake, too much can cause harm and too little can limit your results.

Before you run to the nearest supplement isle you should work with an expert to identify the right amount of protein for your body. Discovering the sufficient protein intake for you and your workouts can help support all of your efforts in the gym by building body composition without sacrificing those pretty muscles you worked so hard to develop.

Personally, I consume protein within meals throughout the day, I’ve found that the most effective time for me to take supplemental protein has been about 30 minutes after a good pump session. With a little more research protein might just be your new best friend.