Right now I'm at about .7g/lb of body weight. I know that's a good start but not good enough. Here's my question: will going from 0.7 to 1.0 really make that much difference? What's the research show and your experience show?
I already feel like I'm spending quite a bit of money just to get this much protein: I swear I eat a half a bird a day! I just need a little encouragement to spend the extra money on protein drinks, etc., i.e. that it's really worth the cash.
Try going up to or even over 1 g/ lb / day, train heavy of course, try following one of the good workouts here. The way I see it, is try it for about a month and see if you notice any significant increases, if not cut back a little.
I would go at least 1g per lb of body weight. As for protein supplements, they do have their place. In my opinion a slow digesting protein blend(Grow!) before bed is essential. If you want to spend the money on it, it's up to you. If you think about it, it's rather cheap. Grow! is $23/15 2 scoop servings that's $1.53 for 40g of the highest quality protein you can buy. You can't really beat that!
It's not that difficult to get 1g/lb. I get a 5lb tub of whey hydrolisate protein( Something like Optimum Nutrition(ON) or Designer Whey). This is usually around $30 or so. Every day I eat three scoops, which is around 65g of protein. Now you can choose to make a shake with all three scoops to drink around workout time or you can mix the scoops with drinks or yougurt throughout the day. At any rate it's pretty cheap and takes off a big chunk of your daily protein needs. The rest is made up with food.
Dump two scoops with some ice cream post workout, while blending the third one with a small amount of skim milk somewhere in the day. Protein is cheap that way. You'll spend way more money on food trying to get 65g of protein every day. Think about it.
i wiegh 190 and i cant find a cheap protein that has around 30-40 grams of protein in it for under $35(i have no job)i know yall seem to like Grow!,but ive never seen it in a store,i eat around 60-70gs a day(strange that its not enough by most peeps stanards but i get stronger everyweek...ive been doing this for 2 years but only gone heavy since june)
I view protein powder as a food and not a supplement, as it just helps me get adequate amounts ever day. I have a whey protein that I use as well as a blended protein (yummy, yummy, Grow!). It's VERY challenging to get over 1g/lb a day without having a protein "supplement" around.
Here is what I would consider essential supplements aside from protein powder:
-Fish Oil -Multi Vitamin
That, along with adequate protein intake and smart eating, will get you a long way. Later, once everything is dialed in and working for you, then you can try a supplement and you'll be able to fairly judge whether it works for you or not.
i know what to eat,trust me ive been reading for a long time,i honestly have no control over what my parents buy...but im gonna beg and plead for $50 a month for protein powder(that will give me 80g a day+ my 60-70g a day=140g-150g which is much better then what i get now
Without them, health and body composition will suffer...the downstream metabolic products of ALA (DHA and EPA) are powerful fats responsible for things like: increased metabolic rate, improved fat burning, increased carbohydrate storage in muscle, better glucose and insulin tolerance, reduced blood lipids, reduced risk of platelet aggregation, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes.