Here’s a few condensed thoughts:
I don’t put much stake into anything the government comes up with. Remember the wonderful food pyramid? Eggs = bad? Meat = bad? Everything corn = good?
re: Protein shakes are a ‘scam’. Well, no, protein shakes, in fact, deliver “protein”. The only way it’s going to “make you fat” is if you’re eating in caloric excess, probably assisted by not exercising enough. Protein shakes, in fact, are in my opinion one of the greatest things to ever come along for those who want/need extra protein delivered fast. Today’s shakes taste great as well.
I’m on the road a lot. A container of protein powder saves my ass every time. I can’t travel around with 3 pounds of pork chops wherever I go.
- You’ve kind of answered your own question-- if you don’t need the extra protein, then just eat a pork chop. If you do need some, have another serving. Better a pork chop than a bowl of ice cream.
If you’re just an average guy, lifting average weights, living an average lifestyle, then chances are you have average protein requirements, so eat average amount of pork chops.
Thanks for your thoughtful reply. You know what you’re talking about.
I’m trying to figure out how to rate myself, i.e., am I “average” and thus are bodybuilding supplements a waste for me. I do the New Rules of Lifting program and lift 4Xweek, run 45 minutes 2x week. My sense is that this is more than the average 48 year old does, but it’s not mega bodybuilding.
Another question I have that’s somewhat related is: should I do the testosterone enhancement/estrogen inhibiting supps. Part of me thinks it’d be an interesting experiment with some potentially useful benefits even other than bulking up a bit; antoher part of me is loathe to fuck with delicately calibrated hormonal levels and biochemistry.
I’d appreciate your thoughts on that as well.
I’m not familiar with “The New Rules of Lifting” program, so I can’t really comment. I guess it’s one of those things that the answer depends on your goals. If you’re goal is to gain some muscle, you certainly can’t go wrong eating meats, fish, chicken, etc. A lot of numbers you hear from ‘experts’ is 1-2g of protein for each pound of lean mass. Fill in the rest with carbs/fats in a ratio depending on how you handle carbs.
Probably can’t go wrong with that.
I try to eat as much whole food proteins (steak/chicken/fish/eggs) as I can and supplement with protein shakes. Then again, my goal is to gain size, so I’m looking at 400g protein per day. That’s hard to eat.
I have a friend who is late 40’s. He does the P90x lately and runs a lot of 5-10k races. He says he eats maybe a turkey sandwich at lunch and usually chicken at dinner depending on what his wife makes. Usually heavy with vegetables. He looks lean. Looks like he exercises and runs and maybe hits the gym. No one would mistake him for a bodybuilder. He seems to get the protein he needs without shakes.
re: test/estrogen supps — I have no idea how to answer that as it’s waaaay out of my league. Honestly unless your “test/estrogen supplements” are coming from a doctor, I’d be wary. I don’t put a lot of stock in OTC testosterone boosters. Others swear by them.
One thing is for sure, though, if I was going to spend money on ONE thing to supplement my diet, it would be PROTEIN.
Hope that helps… Good luck!