[quote]Monster Wong wrote:
i know this topic is a bit outdated, because i’ve done a search on this web, and those who said they tried this protein cycling told there is no different.
i’m short of money, can’t afford tons of protein, and this technique claim there is no loss of muscle mass even eating 20-40g of protein per day for up to a month. it seems economically fit my situation…
i may try it. but i really want to know some of the accurate statistic from those who’ve try it. not just broad comments.
thanks for help[/quote]
I don’t know where you got your “protein cycling” information, but what you posted goes against almost most of what we know about your body’s physiology, no matter if exercising or not.
Muscles only work with what’s called catalysts, derived from the amino acids you ingest. These catalysts take priority over protein synthesis (which is also vital to daily function, not just muscle building). And, just your liver alone needs 50-70 grams of protein to make enzymes and hormones, etc. Therefore, even for the smallest, weakest human being, 20-40 grams a day is hardly adequate!
For the average size man, I’d say the minimum protein needs are at least ? gram per pound of body weight, 3/4 being even better, 1.0 if you want to see your workouts pay off. I know what’s its like to be on a tight budget, so do what you have to do to take care of your basic needs. But, don’t have the false notion that its okay to eat that little dietary protein. I personally dropped my intake to about ? of my body weight in grams (just got distracted) and within a few weeks all my friends were asking my if I was sick and telling me how small I was getting! My total cals were still sufficient, but I was losing muscle like I had a wasting disease!
Forget the studies and data - we can tell you first hand what happens when you don’t eat enough of the right things. A few days won’t hurt you - even a day or two of fasting (though arguable). But, a month is ridiculous if you want to keep even the smallest gains. Not to mention, your health may even be compromised by only eating 20-40 grams of protein per day.