How much protein can the body absorb an hour
06-18-2007 01:36 AM
How much protein can the body absorb an hour
Just wondering how much protein should i take in an hour, or, whats the max amount of protein in grams i should eat an hour or per meal? I try to aim for about 280-300grams a day, but at the same time, i dont wana eat 100grams in one meal if my body cant absorb that much in one go?
is there a general rule of what i should limit it to in a period of time?
06-18-2007 10:42 AM
I only go over 40-50g in one meal if i just worked out really hard and haven't had a big meal yet that day. Most of my meals end up being around 20-30g.
I weigh 180lbs at 9% bf.
I've heard people say 40 is the limit, but i think any limit is kind've stupid. I'm sure it varies depending on activity and prior intake.
06-18-2007 11:15 AM
I'm in the same boat, I do about 25-30g a meal.
06-18-2007 01:24 PM
Are those in whole foods containing that many protein grams or whey/casein/soy/egg shake containing that many protein grams? big difference i'd think.
06-18-2007 02:15 PM
Whole food. Not too much of a shake guy. I usually will only use a (whey) shake right after exercise when theres nothing really around to eat. And I try to chew something too, to get my body ready to digest some food.
06-18-2007 02:34 PM
Everyone probably has different limitations for what is the proper amount of nutrients per meal before some is wasted or stored as fat.
I read a story once about someone eating all their protein in a single meal every day, and still being able to gain strength and muscle mass. But it might just be a story.
I put my faith in what my gut tells me. If I can go 60 grams or more of protein for a meal without feeling like it's a burden to keep putting food in my stomach, then I'll do that. Otherwise I usually start with a 30-40g protein base from egg/meat with each one of my 6 meals. If it's a shake, I might use 50-60g since it's so easy to get down.
If you just spread out your total intake requirement over all meals, it's the safest thing you can do.
06-18-2007 02:59 PM
I pretty much agree, except I'd eat more post workout vs. other meals.
06-18-2007 08:16 PM
I think it depends on what kind of supps your taking.....if you get my drift.
06-18-2007 08:40 PM
I think it would be most helpful to have an idea what your PTOR is.
06-18-2007 08:46 PM
Intermittent Fasting. The theory is that it triggers life extension genes (sirtuins) and preserves LBM, reduces fat, and still enables strength gains. Many anecdotal reports of success on another board.
Originally Posted by bitterplacebo
06-18-2007 09:08 PM
Impossible question to answer. I personally mix shakes with 90 grams of protein and feel fine on them. I've tried as low as 40 but can tell a diffrence when I bump it up to 90.
06-18-2007 09:11 PM
No, I wasn't referring to that or any fasting technique. The story I read was just about all protein being consumed in a single meal, and no other limitations on additional, non-protein meals.
Originally Posted by bearmeat
As for Intermittent Fasting, my personal anecdotal report is that it's a terrible diet. I tried eating only one large meal per day in the evening, just for fun and for the challenge. Well, I did do it for 2-3 months. My strength was stagnate. My LBM was probably preserved, but I felt a little fatter than before. I felt much better to switch back to 6 meals per day after that diet, and once I do so, I started progressing again in strength and lean mass.
06-18-2007 09:24 PM
I remember there was a myth about the body only being able to use 25grams of protein per meal. Anyways a steak is about 80grams of protein and Id hate to think the body just wastes that. But I do know the body partitions nutrients better after a workout.
06-18-2007 09:31 PM
Yeah, it doesn't have to be done all in one meal to be IF. I personally will just try to go hungry every now and then.
For example, I might eat my last meal at 4pm, then not eat again til breakfast. I find overnight to be the best time to be fasted.
Other times i'll skip breakfast and wait til lunch time or so. And i always exercise hungry. (this is not a specific amount of time that i wait, more a feeling. although it usually is more than 3 hours before exercise.)
hope that wasn't a threadjack.
06-18-2007 09:42 PM
I found an actual medical study that deals with this question
Originally Posted by soseg
Seems like anything more than 25g is will likely be wasted, which has me rethinking my eating schedule. The excerpt
The test meal was 25g of egg protein. So even in best case scenario, 1g of the 25g went out. The 35% is for cooked eggs, which would mean that 8ish grams are wasted. The hard part to tell from this study is whether that is truly maximum amount in or just general loss from bioavailability.
Amounts of 5.73% and 35.10% (P < 0.005) of cooked and raw test meal, respectively, escaped digestion and absorption in the small intestine.
06-18-2007 10:27 PM
Well, how much did they weigh? And did they exercise?
Otherwise, I think 25g to be a pretty reasonable amount...
06-18-2007 11:20 PM
so say i try and limit my meals to 20-30g to be safe
well if i need say 260g of protein a day doesnt that mean i should be having like 8-12 small meals a day?
that wouldnt be a problem for me just means my 6 meals atm ide split them, ide eat half now and half again in an hour?
also, this ~25 or even ~40 that ive read in other places, whats the time period though, they say eat that in one meal and no more, but how long do u wait minimum before ur next meal? i wana know whats the max ur body can absorb in like an hour or 2 hours
06-19-2007 12:11 AM
Originally Posted by EasyEJL
06-19-2007 12:20 AM
I thought afew years ago that was common knowledge amongst bodybuilders, hence the reason most protein shakes only contain 25grams of less of protein, and another reason to split your protein into smaller meals. But last I heard before this thread was it wasnt true, so I am sure theres a newer study somewhere contradicting that one.
06-19-2007 12:30 AM
Protein pulse feeding improves protein retention in elderly women -- Arnal et al. 69 (6): 1202 -- American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
It basicly says that when you starve your body of protein throughout the day the body can utilize it better. In other words pulse feeding protein once or twice per day is better than spreading out protein throughout the day.
In the study they were feeding one group protein 4 times a day, and the other group the same amount of protein but in one meal per day.
That study was on elderly women, this study shows it makes no diffrence in young women.
Protein Feeding Pattern Does Not Affect Protein Retention in Young Women -- Arnal et al. 130 (7): 1700 -- Journal of Nutrition
But here is one suggesting pulsing is better for younger and elderly women.
Protein turnover modifications induced by the protein feeding pattern still persist after the end of the diets -- Arnal et al. 278 (5): E902 -- AJP - Endocrinology and Metabolism
I am gonna haveto find one that is related to weight training.
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