Protein crisis, desperately need advice
- 03-01-2014, 04:22 PM
Protein crisis, desperately need advice
I'm having trouble with getting my daily 150g of protein. I hardly have time or energy to make myself protein dishes (high school takes up half of my day and almost all of my energy) and the constant intake of cottage cheese and tuna isn't enough to reach 150g. Even the 60g whey protein shakes I drink after workouts usually aren't enough for me to reach 150g.
Honestly, I don't understand how it's possible to get jacked during high school years or even college years. The dehumanizing and time-draining nature of high-school is a sure way to becoming that skinnyfat no one wants to be. Hell, college sounds even worse since, combined with the free time and energy shortage, you are also on a tight budget most likely, so whey powder and creatine aren't always an option anymore.
With that in mind, can anyone who's been in my shoes (not enough time or energy to get enough protein) suggest any "easy" ways to get a lot of protein in a short amount of time with minimal effort, if there is one? I'm honestly out of ideas, bulking doesn't seem like a reality at this rate.
- 03-01-2014, 04:49 PM
150g is actually not that hard and is a goal you can easily reach without supplementation, with a supplemental shake it is a no-brainer.
I hate to side track, but your diet does not need as much fixing as your attitude.
Stop b!tching about HS and your schedule and make a healthy diet a priority.
I am a HS teacher and coach--I spend 10-12 hours at school on a the average day, let alone days when I have events to coach. I EASILY can hit 150 a day without needing to use a shake.
Eggs for breakfast; greek yogurt, cottage cheese, hardboiled eggs and string cheese for snacks; lunch and dinner built--BUILT, not including--around 6-8oz of steak or chicken; perhaps a glass of milk or cottage cheese before bed.
In short, stop complaining and get it done.
03-01-2014, 04:51 PM
Eat. Eat what the school serves. Take snacks with you to school and eat them in class. (Turkey sausage sticks, quest bars, home made protein cakes/bars, nuts of all sorts) there is ways this can be done, it's just the matter of wanting too.
03-01-2014, 04:56 PM
03-01-2014, 05:14 PM
Protein shakes are as easy as it gets.
Wake up 10 minutes earlier and prep some food.
Scramble some eggs/whites/ground meat and throw it in tupperware. Eat throughout day.
Or protein bars.
Or even canned meats, costco carries bulk packs of large canned chicken, around 40g protein in each if i recall. Eat it as is or toss in a salad.
If sodium isnt a big worry buy jerkey.
Bring a whole tub of plain greek yogurt = 54 g protein in mine at least. Mix in fruits or PB.
It's really easy, just plan ahead.
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03-01-2014, 05:30 PM
Protein crisis, desperately need advice
If you think school is draining wait till you get into the real world. Either you make fitness a priority and find time to do what you need to do, or you don't...
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03-01-2014, 05:48 PM
1.25lbs 93/7 - 115g of pro
1 can kidney beans - 33g of pro
Misc cheeses 1oz - roughly 5-7g of pro
Boom - 150-160g of pro with some delicious chili...
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03-01-2014, 08:52 PM
03-01-2014, 08:54 PM
03-02-2014, 03:13 AM
Either way, school here isn't really like that. Most people here are like me - dismotivated, tired and deprived of themselves and are unfriendly to eachother for the most part, which could explain why I suck so much.
Either way, I guess folks here are right, it's my attitude that's holding me back. Thanks for clearing that up.
03-02-2014, 08:37 AM
03-02-2014, 09:06 AM
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03-02-2014, 01:19 PM
It is a cop-out to blame your circumstances, your schedule, those around you. . .
Exercise the power of CHOICE and pursue your goals; listen to the serious advice that has been offered you and stop coming up with excuses for why you can't meet your goals.
03-02-2014, 01:28 PM
Only 150g of protein?!? Im cutting right now and i consume 302g of Pro with only 48g coming from whey(PES select, stuff is amazing). I do happen to love chicken. The meal im eating right now has 78g pro.
03-02-2014, 01:53 PM
03-02-2014, 02:22 PM
03-02-2014, 02:41 PM
03-02-2014, 02:45 PM
03-02-2014, 02:49 PM
03-02-2014, 02:57 PM
Seriously? Try working a job where you're outside in the weather 10-12 hours a day and sometimes don't even get to eat lunch. I was doing that at one point and still managing to force feed 200-250g protein per day in 3-4 meals.
Some tips if you are serious:
Powerbar Protein Plus - they recently reformulated their flavors and the choc pb isnt too bad now compared to other protein bars. 20g protein.
Clif Bars - taste great and give you some good complex carbs as well. ~10g protein.
Nuts - Protein and healthy fats. I usually mix an oz of peanuts with an oz of either almonds or walnuts. You can use flavored ones too. This will net you about 15g protein IIRC.
Milk - this is the easy one everyone forgets. I think about 8g protein per cup, been awhile since I drank it regularly myself.
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03-02-2014, 03:28 PM
03-02-2014, 03:57 PM
Btw , let me just add here....
I'm 100% for getting my protein from real food...
Sometimes though I do need a quick fix like the pure pro 50....
03-02-2014, 05:08 PM
Don't get me wrong though, I get the point. I'll keep most of the protein food advice mentioned here in mind, I think I'll have an easier time getting more protein with my now expanded grocery list.
03-02-2014, 05:14 PM
03-02-2014, 05:46 PM
I do apologize (slightly) for coming off rather strongly.
I have a visceral reaction when people--adolescents and adults--start talking about their social surroundings and circumstances in the context of reaching their personal goals.
Today, too many have forgotten (or never learned) the concept of personal responsibility.
The overwhelming factor in whether or not you will reach your goals are the choices you make, not the circumstances that surround you.
You have come here looking for help and that is to be commended--now just go out there and get it done.
03-03-2014, 09:24 AM
I now remember that I still have my two arms and legs, I'm not suffering from any crippling chronic sicknesses and my family is financially stable, so all I need to do is suck it up and find time to eat plenty.
03-03-2014, 09:34 AM
03-03-2014, 04:32 PM
Tons of advice in here already OP. I am also an educator and coach, and I see the apathy inherent in today's youth. I'm sure it is no different for you. I've told kids to get off their asses and get moving, but it is really hard I guess when nobody gives a crap about anything - which seems to be the trend. I only hope you all grow out of it, because coaching and teaching a bunch of unmotivated children is exasperating. Its like nobody cares about competition anymore. I don't see how you can struggle to get 150 grams of protein in, especially if you are using 60g a day.
I tell you what I lived on as an undergrad, the local supermarket had these pick 5 packs of meat for 15 dollars. So I bought 5 packs of meat every week, and I would eat that once a day. I also had a lunch plan, so I went and ate at the buffet there everyday. The only things in my fridge were meat, salsa, and green tea (arizona - because it was always on sale at walgreen's by the gallon jug). I ate tostito's and salsa with my meat everyday, and I couldn't really afford protein. Between those packs of meat and the buffet though I easily ingested well over 200grams of protein per day.Stock up on some cheap protein or catch Protean or some other brand on sale, and take it with you. Drink a scoop of it a day instead of 2 or more, and make it last longer. Eating should cover most of what you are required to ingest though. It isn't that difficult.
Also tuna and pinto beans are extremely cost efficient. Get a crock pot, make a pot of beans, eat those beans for days, and fart your roommate out of the room.
03-03-2014, 04:47 PM
Key words, 'meal prep'. I cook 5 lbs of chicken breasts at a time and it lasts a couple days. Get motivated, where there's a will, there's a way. No more excuses. Life only gets harder after highschool so if you think it's rough now, good luck.
03-03-2014, 04:52 PM
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