Should you eat protein every 2-3 hours for muscle growth?

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  1. Quote Originally Posted by ironkill View Post
    Once I stopped stressing about the need to eat every 2-3 hours, I progressed at a much faster rate and with less fat gain during gain cycles. Not scientific, but a real world experience.

    I eat when I am hungry ... sometimes its every two hours sometimes its 5 or 6 hours between meals ... the macros work themselves out once I decide what I need at the time . .. your body will tell you when and what to eat if you listen to it ,,..


  2. Quote Originally Posted by Geoforce View Post
    That's because needing to eat protein every 2-3 hours is not supported scientifically. In fact, studies suggest this may be slightly counter-productive to your goals.
    Agreed completely
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  3. i eat at the same times everyday, getting protein every 2-3 hours. seems to work for me

  4. I love these discussions! Why? because they reveal two things that have always surprised me about health and fitness:

    1. It is shocking how little we know about our own bodies, particularly metabolism and the endocrine system. There have been so many studies, but so few with concrete, absolute findings. This is a subject I enjoy researching and reading scientific articles on, and the only conclusion I have come to is we really dont know jack about the way our body works...

    2. It is amazing how diverse people are. For years we have heard the preaching about eating every 2-3 hours, and obviously this works well for many. What is more amazing is the people who lead rough lifestyles, eating "dirty" meals once or twice a day, and are yoked as hell from the work they do. Really makes you wonder if we place too much emphasis on the what/when of nutrition and not enough on working out so intensely that our bodies have no choice but to do everything they can with the food they have.

    To throw in some opinions which some might not like, I think lean gains / IF is not a miracle diet that was a genius invention, but rather telling people to eat the way their bodies wanted them to eat all along. Obviously this is only true for a certain number of people whose bodies happen to work this way, and these are the people who have had such great luck on LG. Personally I have never attempted to follow it, but my body definitely prefers to eat this way. I have no appetite whatsoever from the time I wake up to about 4 hours later. If I eat when I'm hungry, I end up eating nearly constantly from about noon till 8 pm, then fasting till noon the next day. When i did try a bulk eating every 2-3 hours, I did make some great gains, but I didn't feel very good for the entire cycle

    anywho, just my $0.02

  5. Quote Originally Posted by SMC USA View Post
    I eat when I am hungry ... sometimes its every two hours sometimes its 5 or 6 hours between meals ... the macros work themselves out once I decide what I need at the time . .. your body will tell you when and what to eat if you listen to it ,,..
    Words of wisdom SMC, well said
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  6. Quote Originally Posted by anoopbal View Post
    This is a good point. This is called n=1 trial. Yep you can alternate 2 programs for 2-3 times and see which shows the greatest benefit and which is more easier. The only problem is that there could be problems with bias.

    And sometimes you have to ask , when is eating 2-3 hours worth all the effort? So there is also feasibility aspect too. Maybe you will gain 1 lb more by eating 2-3 hours, but how important is 1 lb for you. Maybe this is huge for a bodybuilder. But for recreational lifter, it is worth nothing.
    this is probably the most relevant point. Forgetting about graphs of MPS + AA levels, what amount of real world lean mass gain difference is there between any of the strategies? If its only 1lb over 6 months, then do whatever fits your lifestyle and time availability best. I really haven't seen any good clean studies that show a significant difference in actaul lean mass in 12-16 week studies.

  7. ^ Agree with the above.
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