Bloody hell. I've heard that this is just one of those fitness myths that started back in the 70s/80s when one of the top competitors stated it for some reason or other. Thing is, I can NEVER remember his name. UGH.
On another note, the whole thing just doesn't make sense to me. There are just too many factors that could be affecting protein absorbtion to make such a sweeping, generalized statement. Such as:
40 grams max for that 12-year-old girl everyone is always referencing in arguements like this, versus the 250 pound bodybuilder. OBVIOUSLY, both can only potentially absorb 40 grams, no more.
How long is YOUR intestine? Let's see it, I bet mine's longer. But intestinal length or stomach size could never come into it.
What's your body type? Meso's and Ecto's have no difference in ability to absorb protein, duh. And of course genetic differences or race could never effect it.
Doesn't matter what the rest of your diet is like, only 40 grams, buster. Don't care how healthy or unhealthy your digestive tract is, you'll only ever get forty grams.
Also, who cares how often your '40 grams in one sitting' is, still 40 grams max, one hour between, or 10.
Sorry if the sarcasm is out of hand, but I hate crap like this, that just gets repeated so many times that people just take it as truth without ever stopping to think about it, just because of the sheer number of times we hear it. How many other myths and generalizations do we complain about on AM? This is just one more.
(oh, this rant was in no way directed at you, Necroticism, just at the state of things at large. I really appreciate your contributions to the community.)
Hey, I just noticed the "per hour" part. I don't think I've ever heard that tacked on, but maybe I have. Given the 16 hours we're wanting to be awake, that's 640 grams per day. I don't know about you, but I'm certainly cool with THAT.