....you mentioned that you were trying to lose weight.
<<<<< have since decreased my protein intake to a more sensible 120-150 g (this was not at all easy to do.. trust me) I felt like i was gonna shrink into a pile of bones.. but i kept the calories a little bit lower, and have noticed that i have slimmed down, but not lost a step in any of my lifts or in muscle mass.>>>>>
slimming down (losing weight),...has NOTHING to do with how much protein you take in, or fat or any other calories for that matter. It is as simple as the # of calories you take in a day compared to the number of calories your body burned that day. If your body burned more than you consumed, no matter what types they are, you will lose weight. It'd be smart to ingest enough protein as you're working out to keep your muscle on and burn fat, but that's besides the underlying theme I just stated.
As for me, I'm skinny, and i don't want to just get big for the sake of getting big. I want muscle. Protein ='s muscle.
Protein is not overrated at all,..it's just misunderstood. Nothing magical at all about it or about the calorie expenditure/calorie consumption biological rule.
And with all this powdered stuff we're hawking down... that's true, protein can be stressful inside our bodies if we're not drinking enough water a day with the stuff (clear water), which is a chore i'm not yet fond of myself.