What and When to Eat to Fuel Up for Fitness
“Can I get a protein shake? With extra protein?”
I glance at the guy beside me, drenched in sweat. He swipes a gym towel across his forehead. His arms are knotted with so much muscle, his biceps billow at his sides, as if gripping two giant beach balls. Randy from A Christmas Story comes to mind, and I can’t help but wonder if he ever whines, “I can’t put my arms down!” The woman he’s with looks at the smoothie menu and orders the same thing.
“If you want to get big and strong, you have to get your protein after you workout,” he says. “Whey protein is the best. At least 50 grams in this shake. It’s awesome. With skim milk. And maybe some egg whites tossed in for extra protein.”
She nods, her head bobbing maniacally, as she nervously sips the giant brown drink. He has muscle, so he must know what he’s talking about, right?
She tastes the mixture and winces. “Won’t this make me bulky?”
“Not if you’re eating enough protein and restricting carbs.”
I tune out at this point, biting my tongue until I feel the bitter tang of blood.