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    I was discussing protein supplements with a teammate on the football team, and he insisted that you can only take in so much protein at a single time, and the excess would be excreted through urine. Is this true? If so, would it be different if you chop the intake up into multiple segments, so you'd get something like 60g in the morning, 60 in the afternoon, and 80 in the evening? Help would be very much appreciated, as always.

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    Its not entirely true (as its not just urine it gets excreted as, it goes out the other end too) but basically true. It depends on "protein from what". What I mean is that egg whites for instance, you could force as much down your throat as could fit, and you won't get full benefit of much more than 25g worth. red meat tho, you could go a bit higher. has to do with how long it takes to digest. whey isolate I doubt much higer than egg, casein i'd bet 50-60g as it would be over the span of a couple hrs that it gets digested. i doubt there is much of anything you can take in that you could get full value out of much more than that. thats part of why the idea of eating 6 meals a day, you spread the protein out further so your body always has a good supply
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    Yup that's essentially what I was gonna say -- 30-40 grams 5-7 times a day would be ideal for a steady, continuous stream of nutrients..
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    I keep it to about 40 -50 grams a meal, and its almost never from one source. Like to mix my shakes so its part whey, casein, or a premade blend.
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    Thanks everyone, I'll need to switch up my diet a little bit then.
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    1.5-2 grams per pound of bodyweight per day divided in 6 to 7 meals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyEJL View Post
    Its not entirely true (as its not just urine it gets excreted as, it goes out the other end too) but basically true. It depends on "protein from what". What I mean is that egg whites for instance, you could force as much down your throat as could fit, and you won't get full benefit of much more than 25g worth. red meat tho, you could go a bit higher. has to do with how long it takes to digest. whey isolate I doubt much higer than egg, casein i'd bet 50-60g as it would be over the span of a couple hrs that it gets digested. i doubt there is much of anything you can take in that you could get full value out of much more than that. thats part of why the idea of eating 6 meals a day, you spread the protein out further so your body always has a good supply
    I have a case of 100% Whey Protein, 2 scoops being the equivalent to 52g of Protein. Usually I take the 2 scoops with about 2 cups of skim milk after lifting; would it be a smarter idea to take about 1 1/4 scoop, if you cannot benefit much past 25g of Whey?

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    1.5-2 grams per pound of bodyweight per day divided in 6 to 7 meals.
    That's a hell of a lot, even when dividing it by seven meals. By inputting 1.5xbodyweight, I get around 262.5 as bare minimum of protein/day...divide that by 7, and you get 37.5g protein/meal. Part of my problem is working around a school schedule, but it still seems hard to cram 263-350g of protein on summer break. Could your body really utilize all that protein?
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    That's a hell of a lot, even when dividing it by seven meals. By inputting 1.5xbodyweight, I get around 262.5 as bare minimum of protein/day...divide that by 7, and you get 37.5g protein/meal. Part of my problem is working around a school schedule, but it still seems hard to cram 263-350g of protein on summer break. Could your body really utilize all that protein?
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    I have been in the game for a long time and I know this has been a real big debate. So let me clarify. That 1.5-2 grms of protein would be directed at serious bodybuilders only. I dont even think atheletes would need that much. But I know that the consensus of bodybuilders would say that is a pretty accurate number. Again this is pertaining to serious bodybuilders (my bad).

    One thing that I know is that I would rather have to much protein in my body than to have my body scavenge the protein and aminos from my muscles. Yes the excess will convert to glucose and saturated fats and it will be wasted but you have to way the pros and cons of it. Risk loosing muscle or risk saving a few dollars.

    There is a hit and miss approach to this as well. Through experience you will be able to find the right amount of protein that is right for you. We are all individuals so it varys.
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    but say u are using a product such as Eggwhites international, which is 100% bio avaliable.. isnt it all use by ur body.? hence the 100% bioavaliable part
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    it is all able to go into bloodstream, so 100% bioavailable, but your body can only use so many grams per hour, and it gets flushed out of your body at a certain rate.

    MrBrightside if you are taking it with just skim milk, then portion is likely wasted. if you mixed some fiber in there, or natural peanutbutter then the stomach digestion would be slower, and it probably would get the whole 52g worth out of it.


    the 1.5-2g really is only necessary if you are on superdrol or some other hefty bulking steroid. If you look at Lyle McDonalds original ketogenic diet, he suggested you could go as low a .8g per lb of lean mass and still successfully loose fat without loosing muscle, and possibly gaining muscle. Do the math on that one. if you are 200lb and 10% bf, you are only 180 lean lbs, so .8 of that is only 144g.
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    If you're looking to do that 60g morning, 60 mid, 80 night then put flax oil in the shakes to slow down absorption. I try and get 40-60g of protein per meal, ya some of it will be wasted through urine but I rather that then not meet my minimum requirement of protein intake. Spread it through 6 meals a day and you'll see the benefits.
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    I don't eat 1 gram of protein per lb of bodyweight, and I see good results with my training/diet. When I try to take in too much protein at one time, all that leads to is an increased amount of trips to the bathroom, and a decrease in TP. The name of the game is just to keep your body supplied with protein all during the day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dadof2 View Post
    I don't eat 1 gram of protein per lb of bodyweight, and I see good results with my training/diet. When I try to take in too much protein at one time, all that leads to is an increased amount of trips to the bathroom, and a decrease in TP. The name of the game is just to keep your body supplied with protein all during the day.
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    Sometimes I'll pack down some extra Goat Whey (up to 60 grams) throughout the last 15 minutes of my workout when my body is primed for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyEJL View Post
    MrBrightside if you are taking it with just skim milk, then portion is likely wasted. if you mixed some fiber in there, or natural peanutbutter then the stomach digestion would be slower, and it probably would get the whole 52g worth out of it.
    Quote Originally Posted by AlexParty View Post
    If you're looking to do that 60g morning, 60 mid, 80 night then put flax oil in the shakes to slow down absorption.
    So would taking the 52g with 2 cups of 1% and some Fiber-Psyll be a better plan of action? Maybe instead of the flax oil, some omega-3's? I'm pretty uneducated when it comes to the oils.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexParty View Post
    ^^ Watch out he might lay 'the bomb'

    Haha! Not from the Goat.

    I must say, I got a couple tubs of Pro-NOS by MRI at an unbeatable price (too damn expensive otherwise) and the taste and texture is OUTSTANDING! It works up to be so damn frothy, which is great if you need to be filled up. I put 8 ice cubes and 16oz of water in a blender w/ 2 scoops of banana creme or french vanilla and it churns out to like 5-6 cups! It is like a thick milkshake!!!!!!
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    its all about slowing digestion. So you could add ground flax seeds to it, and that would cover both fiber + oil
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrBrightside View Post
    So would taking the 52g with 2 cups of 1% and some Fiber-Psyll be a better plan of action? Maybe instead of the flax oil, some omega-3's? I'm pretty uneducated when it comes to the oils.
    To be honest that's the easy way out and it's not really giving your body protein every 2-3 hrs. Just get use to eating 6 meals a day, it's a ***** the first week but you get use to it and it's like second nature. Trust me it's better to eat every 2-3 hrs, don't try and make it easy cos it ain't. Flax oil does have omega 3 in it. You really only need omega 3 but if you get UDO's choice it has all 3 omegas which doesn't hurt to get.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Force of Green View Post
    Haha! Not from the Goat.

    I must say, I got a couple tubs of Pro-NOS by MRI at an unbeatable price (too damn expensive otherwise) and the taste and texture is OUTSTANDING! It works up to be so damn frothy, which is great if you need to be filled up. I put 8 ice cubes and 16oz of water in a blender w/ 2 scoops of banana creme or french vanilla and it churns out to like 5-6 cups! It is like a thick milkshake!!!!!!
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    Fat and fiber to my understanding is the slowest digesting substances available. Its too easy to heat up some PB and throw it in a chocolate shake, making it delicious and slowing down digestion which would allow for more protein absorbance. And PB tastes better than flax.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexParty View Post
    To be honest that's the easy way out and it's not really giving your body protein every 2-3 hrs. Just get use to eating 6 meals a day, it's a ***** the first week but you get use to it and it's like second nature. Trust me it's better to eat every 2-3 hrs, don't try and make it easy cos it ain't. Flax oil does have omega 3 in it. You really only need omega 3 but if you get UDO's choice it has all 3 omegas which doesn't hurt to get.
    truthfully tho, with whey isolates solo, or eggs, it doesn't last more than an hour unless you add something. so even hitting 6 meals a day you need some enhancers at some points
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    cook a half cup dry quick oats and blend it in your shake. dirt cheap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyEJL View Post
    truthfully tho, with whey isolates solo, or eggs, it doesn't last more than an hour unless you add something. so even hitting 6 meals a day you need some enhancers at some points
    True but what I mean are protein solid meals like chicken breasts, tuna, cottage cheese, turkey etc... I will always add a shake, maybe 3 times a day with meals or even 4, depends but I always want a solid protein food each meal. If I can't get that then I'll use an MRP and that's when I'll add some flax to slow it down. I usually add flax oil or extra virgin olive oil to my shake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rugrat5288 View Post
    cook a half cup dry quick oats and blend it in your shake. dirt cheap.
    I tried mixing a scoop of whey in my oats and that was pure dirt. I tried to make it like muscle milk but man it was gross. I'll try blending oats in my shake but I usually don't have time to conveniently blend my protein, I like to just like to use a shaker cup and down it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexParty View Post
    True but what I mean are protein solid meals like chicken breasts, tuna, cottage cheese, turkey etc... I will always add a shake, maybe 3 times a day with meals or even 4, depends but I always want a solid protein food each meal. If I can't get that then I'll use an MRP and that's when I'll add some flax to slow it down. I usually add flax oil or extra virgin olive oil to my shake.

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    Alright, I apologize for the thousands of questions I'm throwing everyone's way, but I have to ask, because I may not follow the divided-intake part. Could you take a whey shake with some flax oil in the morning, get all 52g worth of protein, and then take the exact same shake later on in the evening and still benefit?
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    sure, its all about g of protein per hour. its better to get as much as possible from whole food sources as they contain a more well rounded assortment of things besides the protein nutritionally speaking and take longer to digest.
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    Awesome, thanks for the help everyone =]
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    Its not just protein intake, it has to be evenly devided with carb intake and fat intake. Like a 40-30-30 ratio and devide that into 6 meals a day evenly. You need to know how many calories your body has to consume and what your goals are. You just can't eat protein or down a shake an expect to grow. Theres so much to learn if you're starting out.
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    plus certain things like what ratio works best for you is something you have to work out over time. set up your diet with a set of macros and run it that way for 30 days, then change the macros for the next 30.
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