Some of the past year's greatest transformations in film have been "underdogs" packing on the pounds to create some of the greatest legends of all time. One of the best examples? Michael B. Jordan. Our December 2015 cover guy adopted a seriously regimented training and diet program to jack up his physique to helm the boxing epic Creed.
If you're doing the same—you’re working out, paying close attention to your nutrition, and staying on track to reach and maintain your health and fitness goals—but want to maximize your efforts, there's one thing you shouldn’t overlook. That's quality protein. If you’re a long-time Men’s Fitness reader, you probably already know that whey is your ideal pre and post-workout protein choice. However, what you may not know a great deal about are the numerous benefits of another protein: Casein. We’ve compiled a list of the five most important benefits of consuming casein.
Not all proteins are created equal. Whether it’s soy, egg, whey, animal, or casein protein, they all have their own unique advantages. Arguably, casein’s greatest strength is timing. Casein has the ability to provide your bloodstream with a slow and steady flow of amino acids that could last for hours. Muscles may not be built overnight, but drinking a glass of casein-rich milk is the ideal protein to consume right before bed, as it’ll be more helpful throughout the night than any other protein option.