Tell Me About Protein Powder

James

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Now that I'm headed back to the gym I need get more protein in my diet. What's a good powder and what's a good number (grams) to start at? I've heard anywhere from 1/2 your weight in grams to more then your weight, what gives?

Thanks :ride:
 
it all depends on what you want to accomplish... you want to bulk or stay lean? i've got two proteins right now (one for each) and i think they are the best on the market. I've got Fighters Food which has alot of stuff in it not just protein and then Combat Powder from MusclePharm which is a great bulker. to maintain your current muscle you need approx 1.5 grams per lean body weight which is pretty much what weight you want to stay at. If you want to bulk you need alot more but you can OD on protein, my buddy was taking 6 grams per pound and had to have his stomach pumped... not to mention he lost all endurance and grew ALOT.
 
Now that I'm headed back to the gym I need get more protein in my diet. What's a good powder and what's a good number (grams) to start at? I've heard anywhere from 1/2 your weight in grams to more then your weight, what gives?

Thanks :ride:
this is gonna sound bad no matter how its worded, but eat lots of NUTS. haha... fish, BEANS, eggs, nuts...
 
lol... yeah it is really good to eat mixed nuts/peanut butter for you protein and fat intake. Alot of people think you need to cut the fats out of your diet but you need it just as much as protein or anything else and nuts are best for it.
 
I worked with a guy that was into competitive bodybuilding. He was a quart shy of a full tank, but a couple of weeks before he got his entire body airbrushed for a competition, he would eat nothing but skinned chicken breasts, shrimp, tuna, and sweet potatoes. :thinking:
 
Optimum Nutrition 100% whey double rich chocolate is what I use, get as much as you can from food, chicken breast, tuna, eye of round steaks and very lean ground beef I use 93/7. you intake like said before is in what you trying to accomplish if your trying to bulk you need 2 to 2 1/2 grams of protein per lb of body weight, if you taking shakes I don't take no more then 48grams at a time cause it's a waist your body can only take so much. not all nuts are good to eat the best are Almonds all natural unsalted. I can really get into stuff, but if you have any direct questions let me know. but for me to go any further I need to know your goals
 

James

Staff member
it all depends on what you want to accomplish... you want to bulk or stay lean?
Stay lean, I do want to add some muscle but not "bulk" up by any means.
this is gonna sound bad no matter how its worded, but eat lots of NUTS. haha... fish, BEANS, eggs, nuts...
:thumb: I already do that, I but the BIG containers of peanuts and mixed nuts at Sam's Club.
he would eat nothing but skinned chicken breasts, shrimp, tuna, and sweet potatoes. :thinking:
:thumb: I like chicken breast with some rice.
 

James

Staff member
Optimum Nutrition 100% whey double rich chocolate is what I use, get as much as you can from food, chicken breast, tuna, eye of round steaks and very lean ground beef I use 93/7. you intake like said before is in what you trying to accomplish if your trying to bulk you need 2 to 2 1/2 grams of protein per lb of body weight, if you taking shakes I don't take no more then 48grams at a time cause it's a waist your body can only take so much. not all nuts are good to eat the best are Almonds all natural unsalted. I can really get into stuff, but if you have any direct questions let me know. but for me to go any further I need to know your goals
So .75 - 1 grams per pound would be a good starting point?

I do very little weights, most of my workout is cardio from an elliptical machine. Also a row machine, but do to injury that won't be for awhile.
 
I think that the idea is to be protein positive at all times. That means there is excess protein in your diet. Equilibrium numbers are around .3 grams per pound when you are not training. The more your tear things up the more you need. At 1 gram per pound you should enough unless you are really going crazy trying to build up muscle mass. Then you might want to be 1.2 or a little higher. Like was mentioned too much protein is not a good thing, but I doubt that really kicks in until you get over 2 or 3. Your body burns off any excess and burning protein makes more waste products than burning carbs or far. Your kidneys have to filter that out and it works them harder. Drinking a lot of water makes it easier on them.
 
I'm back in the gym so this is a good topic. Any more tips? My legs are plenty strong I need to build my upper body.
 
I'm back in the gym so this is a good topic. Any more tips? My legs are plenty strong I need to build my upper body.
unfortunatly you still have to do legs to help the rest of your body progress. what kind of split are you doing now? once I know how much and what your doing I can help you out with a program if you like, I have YEARS of workouts recorded in note books laying around. I personally like a 5 day split that way I can concentrate on 1 body per day and hit that body part very hard and effective but this kind of split puts you in the gym 5 days a week about 1hr or 1hr and 1/2 a day
 
I have worked a couple of jails and some state forensic hospitals.
They get food, they get chairs. They get buffer then shit!

They always tell me that all that stuff is hype, I think so.
Balanced diet and work out diligently builds the baddest guys in the cell blocks.
 
unfortunatly you still have to do legs to help the rest of your body progress. what kind of split are you doing now? once I know how much and what your doing I can help you out with a program if you like, I have YEARS of workouts recorded in note books laying around. I personally like a 5 day split that way I can concentrate on 1 body per day and hit that body part very hard and effective but this kind of split puts you in the gym 5 days a week about 1hr or 1hr and 1/2 a day
I will be totally honest. You talk gym you may as well speak spanish to me.
When the gym wanted $400 a year to go to it I laughed cause I knew I wouldn't do it and bought this for $30 (Like freaken new)off craigslist http://www.amazon.com/Marcy-MWM-1558-100-Pound-Weight-Stack/dp/B000J3MK92
Every night I do 30 curls with arms on pad (I will check the weight to night) then I do the top bar with my hands together and pull down to my chest 20X with 100#. Next I stand up facing the machine and lift 20x with my hands together but not touching, and lift up from the waist to my chest. (Like you were lifting your handle bars on the bike). Finally I do 10x butterflies, then stand up and get as many curls as I can standing and curling from waist to chest while standing. This usually kicks my ass and I'm done. :smirk: In a couple weeks I have already bumped the weights and I sure notice the difference. I'm anxious to hit the trails and see if I notice anything. Sorry I'm not up on the gym lingo. If you have a work out that works that I can do on this machine let me know. I refuse to pay $10 a day for the gym.:rolleyes: I will be back to school here pretty quick and I can use that gym when I'm there though.:thumb:
 
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