In the gym, I hear some people talking about a technique called protein pulsed feeding. It is simply a method of taking protein at key times of the day to keep your muscles growing, even after leaving the gym. So when you leave the gym and you take certain types of protein, your muscle can feed on this protein for a long time. You can start the protein feeding process taking an easily absorb protein meal and repeating the process periodically throughout the day.
What to take?
Take liquid meals to boost the muscle building process. Branch chain amino acids (BCAAs) and protein hydrolysates will provide the needed quick pulse that provides growth to your muscles. Be sure to include a fast carbohydrate in your protein drink. You do this because when you wake up in the morning your body is in a catabolic state and it will destroy valuable amino acids, if you do not have the carbs there to protect them.
When do I take it?
Take your first jolt of protein right when you wake up. It will stop the fasting that you have been doing all night. Also, you can take a protein drink 10 minutes before your workout. You can take another one within 30 minutes of working out. This stimulates muscle protein synthesis, restore glycogen levels and enhance creatine uptake. You will also want to take two more protein/carb shakes throughout the day.
Taking these type of protein shakes are really good because they are versatile. You can take it anywhere and take it anytime. Each time you take a shake it gives you a protein spike which helps with your muscle growth. I know it is a simple concept, but it definitely works.