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Mr Boogeyman
07-02-2009, 12:08 PM
I started taking protein drinks since I find it hard to get the necessary proteins from regular foods..I take 1 protein shake every morning (its the trader joes brand whey protiein, i take 3 scoops which equal 195 calories and 24g of protein)

on my work out days (4 days a week) i take the trader joes whey protein in the morning and at night after my workout i take met-rx protein plus which is 210 calories and 46 of protein (this one: http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/met/pro.html )

im not passing my recommended protein amounts but was just wondering if thats to much protein in shakes, my recommended protein intake is around 180g

jAy_Dub
07-02-2009, 04:46 PM
I take a shake every morning with 75 grams in it. You're definitely not taking too much, if anything it should be more, 25 grams for one shake is pretty minimal.

And how does 3 scoops only amount to 24 grams of protein?

sCaRz*Of*PaiN
07-02-2009, 04:48 PM
No, that isn't too much. You're fine.


And how does 3 scoops only amount to 24 grams of protein?
Yeah that seems like a giant rip off.

Trainwreck
07-02-2009, 06:34 PM
The more protein you feed your body, the more protein it will be able to process after it adjusts to the amounts. 25 grams of protein is not a lot for a shake. Get some new supplements, that protein sounds like garbage...24g in 3 scoops? Nitrean has 24g in 1 scoop.

SMK41
07-02-2009, 06:46 PM
You should be fine. I take one 24g shake everyday for a snack an hour or 2 after lunch and I do a 48g shake PWO. Some days I even throw in an extra 24g right before i go to bed.

Some people on here rely on shakes even more than that. I've seen some people that say they put 75-100g of protein in 1 shake.

Mr Boogeyman
07-02-2009, 08:19 PM
No, that isn't too much. You're fine.


Yeah that seems like a giant rip off.

maybe thats why it tastes so good (I can probably drink 4 of those 3 scoop shakes since the flavor is awesome)...the scoops are small though, 4 scoops would probably equal the same as the 2 scoops from the Met-RX..

Since I'm not drinking an excessive amount of whey protein I guess I can squeeze another shake on my non work out days as a snack

KarlMarx
07-03-2009, 09:07 AM
Drink lots of protein, but take smaller amounts in many servings to be most effective (e.g. 40g-50g 4 times a day rather than 100g 2 twice or 3 times).

joey54
07-03-2009, 11:32 AM
Drink lots of protein, but take smaller amounts in many servings to be most effective (e.g. 40g-50g 4 times a day rather than 100g 2 twice or 3 times).

Why is this?

TXslapshot
07-03-2009, 12:06 PM
Body can digest 40-50 grams much better than 100 grams at a time. Unless you have great genetics ingesting 100g of protein is somewhat of a waste. I do it PWO but im really trying to gain some weight.

sCaRz*Of*PaiN
07-03-2009, 12:45 PM
Body can digest 40-50 grams much better than 100 grams at a time. Unless you have great genetics ingesting 100g of protein is somewhat of a waste. I do it PWO but im really trying to gain some weight.
Do you think the protein magically disappears and doesn't get used by the body?

TXslapshot
07-03-2009, 01:09 PM
No i believe your body stores excess protein as fats or burns the excess protein up like it would any other calorie. I may be wrong, If I am its no biggie. Provide us with the correct info SOP.

KarlMarx
07-03-2009, 02:34 PM
Do you think the protein magically disappears and doesn't get used by the body?

Here is an article that reflects what I understand the research to point to. If you google maximum protein digestion and things of that nature a slew of interesting stuff comes up.

Here it is:

By Will Brink

Many people think you eat some protein, it mixes with some acid or something, gets broken down into amino acids, gets taken up into the body, and everyone is happy.

I wish it were that simple. As with all foods, the breakdown of protein starts in the mouth with the simple chewing of food and the exposer to certain enzymes. In the stomach, food mixes with enzymes and other factors such as lipase, pepsin, intrinsic factor, and of course HCL (stomach acid).

It moves onto the small intestine and then the large intestine.The small intestine is considered the major anatomical site of food digestion and nutrient absorption and is made up of section such as the duodenum, jejunum, and the ileum. Pancreatic enzymes (chymotrypsin, trypsin, etc.), bile salts, gastrin, cholecystokinin, pepidases, as well as many others factors are released here.


The large intestine is composed of the ascending colon, transverse colon, descending colon, and the sigmoid colon, which all play a part in absorbing the nutrients we eat. Sound complicated? It is. Believe me, I am leaving out a great deal of information so you wont fall asleep reading my little column! Suffice it to say, digestion is a very complicated thing and there are many places along the chain of digestion that can both enhance and degrade a persons ability to absorb the foods we eat.

There is no reason to think that among this complicated process that there are not wide individual differences in a persons ability to digest and absorb protein. For some person who is inactive, elderly, and for what ever reason lives with compromised digestion, 30 grams of protein at one sitting might very well be too much for them to handle.
By the same token, assuming a 220lbs healthy athlete is unable to exceed 30 grams of protein in one sitting is neither proven by medical science or even logical in my view.

So what if the 30 gram rule turns out to be true? If we examine some of the more recent studies on the protein requirements of athletes done by researchers from both the United Sates and Canada, we come to some recommended protein intakes that far exceed the RDAs, some times by as much as 225%!

These researchers came to the conclusion that protein intakes for athletes should range from approximately 1.2 grams of protein per kilogram of bodyweight for endurance athletes and up to 1.8g of protein per kg for strength training athletes. For a 200 pound bodybuilder-a strength training athlete-that would be approximately 164 grams of protein per day (most bodybuilders I know eat considerably more protein per day, but that's for another fight and another article...).

Assuming that 30 grams of protein is the most anyone can digest, absorb, and utilize, this person would have to split his intake into about five meals (164 divided by 30 = 5.47). So, given the advice by many people that 30 grams is all anyone can digest at a single sitting, it appears a person can achieve the goal of 30 grams of protein per meal even with the higher intakes recommended in the modern research (assuming they are willing or able to eat five meals per day).

However, if you happen to eat more than that per meal as a healthy athlete I don't think you have anything to worry about. I won't tell anyone. Me, I would suggest you stick to the one gram per pound of bodyweight rule, which often exceeds the research mentioned above.

KarlMarx
07-03-2009, 02:37 PM
p.s. Sorry I didn't find the original research article that provided the study that showed that people's ability to uptake protein is limited. It found that 30g is what most people can effectively absorb at one sitting (that is average--not lifters, etc.--but still revealing I think).

TXslapshot
07-03-2009, 03:05 PM
Good stuff. I just wonder where the extra protein goes.

Mr Boogeyman
07-03-2009, 03:37 PM
Interesting comments but not what I was asking lol (although I'm pretty sure it would have been my next question)

basically what I was asking was if is ok that protein shakes make up more 50-60% of my protein intake instead of food

TXslapshot
07-03-2009, 04:00 PM
Food would be a better option since there are minerals and nutrients in whole foods that arent in protein shakes. If all you have is shakes, then shakes will do.

KarlMarx
07-04-2009, 01:16 PM
Good stuff. I just wonder where the extra protein goes.

Yeah, thats my next line of research. It has to be on the belly, out the rear, or otherwise used for energy--or all three.

TXslapshot
07-04-2009, 04:43 PM
Yeah, thats my next line of research. It has to be on the belly, out the rear, or otherwise used for energy--or all three.

Yeah thats what i thought, I didnt think your body stored it until it needed more protein. It'd be really nice if our bodies were that efficient tho.