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Protein Absorbtion

I know the myth about 30g of protein/meal is bullshit. but i was wondering if there a limit to how much protein can be absorbed and utilised by the body. Let me explain why.

i’m currently 170lbs. I’m following the advice of 1.5-2g of protein per pound of bodyweight. gym 5x a week with additional basketball training+conditioning. i’m taking track of the amount of protein i’m eating daily and have been steadily increasing it week by week. (currently about 270g+/day)

i’m asking because sometimes i’m not able to spread out the meal evenly throughout the day and may have a big meal to make up for it. (i.e stuffing my face during dinner tonight with approx 100g worth of protein. 5eggs, rice, alot of pork, some chicken and a protein shake)

so yea…is it alright to do this? or is this a “waste” of protein(blasphemy!) and the protein will be better absorbed and utilised over more meals throughout the day.

thanks for helping out a noob!

I eat one meal a day, and my main protein source is a rotisserie chicken that I put down as part of that meal. I haven’t died or started wasting away yet.

It is really too complex of an issue to answer for any one individual. The only way I could see a lot of protein being wasted is if you drink a large amount of a fast digesting protein like whey hydrolysate in one sitting. Then factors like amino acid transporters being saturated and unable to move some AA’s fast enough might cause them to be passed on through your GI tract and excreted.

But I don’t think it is much of an issue when eating whole foods, the more whole food you eat the longer it is going to take to digest so you have less of a chance of the above scenario happening. Like the poster who said he eats one large meal a day. Eating so much food in one sitting takes a long time to digest so again AA’s have a better chance of being absorbed with the long transient time through the GI system.

alright thanks guys for the input. (:

Target the post-workout period for protein intake; if you hit that right, pro doesn’t have to be that high all day every day.

[quote]bigmac73nh wrote:
I eat one meal a day, and my main protein source is a rotisserie chicken that I put down as part of that meal. I haven’t died or started wasting away yet.
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Warrior diet?

Where did you get 1.5-2.0 g/lb from? I would love to hear a logical sceince based argument for non-pharmaceutically enhanced athletes to consume protein on the upwards of 2.0 g/lb.

it aint science. ppl have been doing it and been succeeding with it. id rather listen to those that has been there and done that with great results, then a bunch of guys in coats who may not have worked out before.

[quote]LTKO wrote:
it aint science. ppl have been doing it and been succeeding with it. id rather listen to those that has been there and done that with great results, then a bunch of guys in coats who may not have worked out before.[/quote]

One of the problems with this idea is that its hard to tell if people simply added more calories when they upped their protein to 1.5-2grams +

More calories may have had the same effect.

anecdotally I had good gains with 2grams+ per lb of BW. Im having equally good gains with 0.8-1.2grams per lb at the mo.