When Should I Drink Muscle Milk?

Muscle Milk provides many benefits for your muscle gaining goal and post workout recovery but you should use it wisely in order to get the benefits that this protein supplement provides. Many beginners wonder at what time they should drink Muscle Milk, before a workout? After a workout? Find out here.

Before Workouts or During Workouts

If you want to drink your Muscle Milk before you start your workout be sure to take it at least 30 minutes before your workout so your body absorbs the nutrition it provides for your workout. Don’t take it a minute before you start working out because you may end up feeling nauseous. By taking Muscle Milk before and during your workout you fill your body up with the nutrients it needs to grow lean muscle mass.

After Workouts / Post Workout

It’s immediately after your workout that your body is craving vitamins and minerals to grow muscle. That is why if you drink Muscle Milk after your workout then be sure to take it within an hour or less after you finish workout out. After workouts, your body is in a catabolic state. By drinking Muscle Milk after your workout you help reverse this muscle breakdown by “tricking” the body into muscle synthesis.

Before Going to Bed/Sleep

Muscle Milk also suggests that drinking this protein supplement before going to bed is beneficial to help increase muscle mass and weight. When you sleep you go into a catabolic period. While you sleep you also fast and your body can break down your hard earned muscle tissue for energy. Drinking Muscle Milk before going to sleep gives your body the energy it needs while you are sleeping without breaking down your muscles and therefor you wake up more anabolic. This is not recommended if you are trying to lose weight and best for those who are trying to gain weight.

Taking Muscle Milk as a Meal Replacement

Muscle Milk also works as a great meal replacement because it contains a high amount of calories. Of course you shouldn’t replace all your meals with this supplement as you should also have a healthy diet rich in veggies and fruits. It is best used as a replacement for your lunch either before or after a workout. This is the best choice if you want to use Muscle Milk to lose weight.

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98 thoughts on “When Should I Drink Muscle Milk?

  1. John

    Hi,
    Im 5’10″ and 175lbs. I workout 4 days a week with my football team. We run and lift weights but we are seperated into two different groups for an hour each, so if i lift the first hour and run the next hour, i’m in a bind because i cant take it after my workout because i might throw-up when i run, and i cant take it after my run because it work as well because its already been an hour after my workout. If you could let me know what i can do, i would greatly appreciate it.

  2. Ben

    i have both the regular Muscle Milk powder as well as the Muscle Milk Collegiate powder. im training for crew, and am working to get a scholarship and am about to go into a very intense workout regimen of both running and lifting. im wondering whether i should just stick to one product, or whether i should use one at one time and another at a different time in my workouts. my lifts are mainly olympic lifts, and running ranges from long distance runs to sprints to agility. wut should i use to maximise results. also if i should only use one product, which one?

  3. Ally

    I really like the idea of Muscle Milk, but I am not fond of the taste! Is there a particular flavor that tastes better than others?

  4. Josh C

    I need advice on when to drink my muscle milk and how much per day? Currently I work out 3-4 times a week at the gym. I start by lite cardio 10-15mins, weight lift, then more intense cardio 30-40mins after weight lifting. when should I take my muscle milk? and how much at each time. I am trying to lose weight and gain muscle by the way. and I am not rich, so I cant afford muscle milk every 2 weeks, but I do eat egg whites and other proteins during the day too. should I drink it before or after my second cardio session also? Thanks.

  5. bryan

    I am about 5′ 9″ and weigh about 125 pounds. I exercise about 4 times per week with heavy weights but I don’t gain any weight or show any results. Does anyone have tips for me? And if I want to gain mass, when should I drink my muscle milk?

  6. Annika

    Hi, I’m 5’4 and 128lbs. I’m going to start working out 3 to 4 times a week like I used to and I’m wondering about how long into starting my workout routine should I start drinking muscle milk?

  7. admin Post author

    @John: I recommend taking it an hour before working out and then before going to bed. Best of luck!

  8. admin Post author

    @Ben: I recommend that you stick to Collegiate. CytoSport created Muscle Milk Collegiate to meet the needs of college athletes which has been outlined under NCAA® (National Collegiate Athletic Association) bylaw 16.5.2.2 for nutritional supplements.

  9. admin Post author

    @Ally: I would suggest you pick a taste of a flavor that you like best. Fortunately Muscle Milk has a huge selection! My favorite is chocolate chip cookie dough or cake batter!

  10. admin Post author

    @Josh: You can drink Muscle Milk when you feel it is right or buy consulting a trainer. I would recommend you take it before your first workout and after your last workout or before going to bed.

  11. admin Post author

    @Bryan: Take Muscle Milk before or after your workouts and then again before going to bed for muscle building. Also be sure to follow a good muscle building routine along with a healthy diet for your muscles.

  12. admin Post author

    @Coco: To lose weight it is recommended to use a meal replacement and to gain weight it is best to use before going to sleep. Using it before/after or during a workout is optional and ok to do. However it is best to use it the best way that you body adapts to the ingredients. If you get nausea from taking a supplement before a workout then use after a workout. If you’ve got time to drink a shake an hour before your workout then that is good too.

  13. admin Post author

    @Annika: If you want to lose weight then use as a meal replacement (breakfast or lunch), to gain weight use before going to bed. You can also take this before or after workouts, the important this is to meet your daily protein requirement for the weight that you are targeting.

  14. jessica

    I’m 124lbs right now and would like to weigh 130-140lbs. How much muscle milk should i take and will this help!

  15. fabrizio

    Im 33yrs old, 5’6 ft high, 165lbs. I want to lose 10 or 15lbs. My fat is located around my belly and chest. I started insanity 2 months ago and im not loseing weight. i eat 4 to 5 small meals a day. What am i doing wrong? Maybe Im not consuming enough calories. Can i take muscle milk collegiate to lose weight? Thank you.

  16. Anthony

    I wanna gain weight fast, the safe and legal way. Can I drink regular protein aswell as Muscle milk if so on what type of schedule?

  17. BJ

    HI, I am trying to lose weight. I’m 6’1 and 270 lbs (female). I am disabled and workouts are not an option for me. I should be able to start walking within the next 6 weeks. I want something as meal replacement’s…. Will Muscle Milk work for me???

  18. admin Post author

    @jessica: You can use Muscle Milk to gain weight, use it as a meal replacement but be sure to drink plenty of water and eat at least 6 times a day (make muscle milk one of this 6 meals) and continue eating healthy food and healthy fats. You should also do some light exercising to make sure you tone your muscles and not just gain fat.

  19. admin Post author

    @fabrizio: Muscle Milk Collegiate is only for athletes. If you will be doing workouts that college athletes do then you can take it, otherwise just use Muscle Milk or even better for weight loss is Muscle Milk Light. Use Muscle Milk as either a meal replacement or as a pre or post workout shake. However be sure that your other meals are healthy and that you do at least 3-4 workouts a week that include cardio and weight lifting.

  20. admin Post author

    @Anthony: You can take Muscle Milk and be sure to mix it with Milk to gain weight. You also want to gain muscle mass so take your shake before or after workouts and before going to bed.

  21. admin Post author

    @BJ: If you are not working out then it is not recommended that you take a protein shake unless your daily diet is not giving you an adequate source of protein. It is probably better to wait until you are ready to workout and start with Muscle Milk light as a meal replacement for 1 meal each day. Make sure you continue eating healthy food and drink lots of water. You may want to start with light cardio workouts when you are feeling better.

  22. Lynette

    I have been using MM light for a while and switched to reg muscle milk. NOt trying to lose or gain just want to use it as a calorie filler for extra protein in my smoothies. Can I just do maybe half a scoop of reg muscle milk or just one scoop and not gain the weight? I really dont want to gain, but love reg muscle milk flavor better and well it was cheaper. i should add that I do workout 6 days a week and currently doing P90X. Im 129 pounds. Any suggestions of how to use reg muscle milk without gaining weight?
    Thanks!

  23. B jr

    Im currently trying lose weight and turn my fat into some muscle… I wrk construction so as i know its not a work out at the gym.. Its def better than nothing. Would taking muscle milk before i start wrk in the morning be beneficial to me?

  24. victor

    im currently 5’9″ 175lbs im trying to gain to mass pretty fast… on a 5 day workout schedule lifing the most weight possible will muscle milk help put the mass on that im wanting and will it help me lean up later down the road and is my routine going to put the bulk on

  25. angela garcia

    HI i just had a baby about two and a half months ago and i have a belly. i am about 140 pounds and i usually use to weight 130. i want to get my stomach tight and build muscle. i noticed in the reading saying it will help you gain weight, but will this weight go to my stomach? i really want to lose my stomach and tighten it. how should i go by drinking muscle milk?

  26. Jessie

    Hey I’m Jessie..and I do track..I run the 800 and 400…well Thursday I’m running the 400 and I need to place in order to go to my next meet…I was wondering if the day of my meet I drink a carton of muscle milk for breakfast and a muscle milk bar during lunch(meet is at 4:00 and lunch is at 11:20) …will it help me gain energy to run? I’m also going to eat plenty of fruits throughout the day…I’m just planning to run on an empty stomach though…will my meal plan help?

  27. Lucia

    Okay. I have a quick question and i been dying for the answer. I’m 200 lbs ; 5’11. I’m trying to get back in shape and get lean muscle. I bought muscle milk and c4 for my ore work out to give me energy and burn more calories. But when should I take muscle milk? I don’t wanna get fat and I did all this for no reason. Please let me know thanks

  28. Tean

    Im 15 & I Play Linebacker/Running Back. Im 5’10 198 & by next season Im trying to weigh around no less than 205 going in to my junior season. I lift 3 days a week & I run track 2 days. Should I drink Muscle Milk every night before bed or No??

  29. admin Post author

    @Lynette : You’ve got the right idea, use less if you are using this protein powder to fill in calories, or try the Ready to Drink version after your workouts.

  30. admin Post author

    @BJR: I’d recommend you eat a healthy breakfast and only take muscle milk as a meal replacement if you don’t have time for a healthy lunch or after you finish work drink a ready to go shake and then have a healthy dinner. Remember to drink lots of water!

  31. admin Post author

    @Andy: Hi, to lose fat use Muscle Milk light and mix it with water. Drink it after workouts or as a meal replacement for one meal of your choice. Remember to eat a healthy diet, drink lots of water and workout at least 3 times a week.

  32. admin Post author

    @Victor: If you are looking to gain mass then it is best to take muscle milk after workouts and before bed time. If you also need to lose weight then try Muscle Milk light and do not drink before bedtime, only after workouts or as a meal replacement for 1 meal.

  33. admin Post author

    @John: At 17 you are still able to easily lose weight then people of older age. It is important you commit to a workout routine at least 3 days a week, eat only healthy foods and drink only water. Muscle Milk light is a good choice but use it as a meal replacement for 1 meal each day.

  34. admin Post author

    @Angela: Hi, first off congrats on the birth of your baby! To lose weight try Muscle Milk light as a meal replacement for 1 meal each day. Workout at least 3 times a week and drink lots of water.

  35. admin Post author

    @Jessie: Hi Jessie, Muscle Milk is a great source of energy, I recommend you take a ready to go shake an hour before your meet. Best of luck!

  36. admin Post author

    @Lucia: Like any other protein supplement, you cannot take it without committing to a serious workout routine. I recommend you take it either before or after your workout OR as a meal replacement. Do not take it before going to bed or on days that you do not workout, not until you have lost weight and want to build more muscle.

  37. admin Post author

    @Tean: I recommend you take Muscle Milk after your workouts or before going to bed for the best results.

  38. Josh

    I way 230 pounds and lift 3 days a week, 2 1/2 – 3 hours each session. I like to work out like that and not break up my body into sections(so i dont have to go to the gym everyday). I only take one MM a day. Should I be taking more? I also play ball for 2-3 hours, 3-4 times a week(just injured right now though)Thanks.

  39. Noah

    I perform high intensity, full body workouts 3 days a week (M, W, F) and fill in between with bursting and interval training. I’ve seen great results with only proteins coming from my diet however, I need that last final push to be as lean as my goal. I’m 5’11 and 175. I’m at my target weight just need to finish tightening everything up. I just purchased MM and wanted to know the best times to take it with regards to my workout regimen? I was thinking after my workouts and at night. Thanks.

  40. Michelle

    Could a runner benefit from Muscle Milk? I’m trying to slim down for a race, but I want to be sure to maintain the muscle that I have. I don’t do much weight lifting, but my legs sure do burn after a long run! I’m planning on using one scoop of regular Muscle Milk as a breakfast meal replacement.

  41. admin Post author

    @Josh: If you want to build muscle then it would be ok to take another MM before your workout OR before going to bed. If you’re happy with your current weight then stick to your current plan.

  42. admin Post author

    @Noah: The best time would probably be as a meal replacement and then after your workouts. Taking it at night helps you gain weight mostly.

  43. Hayes

    I weigh around 140, i’m 15 years old and i am trying to gain muscle and weight, i drink muscle milk before and after i lift and before i go to bed. i also play others sports and i’m wondering if i could take it more than 3 times a day if i do happen to work out twice a day. i am also trying to bulk up a lot, and i’m wondering if doing it 3 times a day is the correct way.

  44. admin Post author

    @Hayes: At 15 yrs of age you still have a lot of growing ahead of you. The best way to grow healthy muscles right now is by eating foods rich in protein and following a healthy diet. You can find lots of information about these types of diets online.

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