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Protein Intake


#1

I'm 17 years old and summer has now come around for me, which means baseball is over for a couple of months. I just joined LA Fitness and bought a protein supplement and creatine. I've read multiple articles etc discussing how much protein i should intake, and to put it simply, I'm confused.

I'm usually very active, i work out 7 days a week for a couple hours a day, and usually practice baseball atleast 5 x a week. Other than that i do about 10 hours of manual labor a week along with working at a grocery store.

My question is, How much protein do you think i should intake? Thx for the help and information


#2

How much do you weigh? Are you trying to gain muscle mass? Without these answers, we have to guess. A good guess is 1 1/2 to 2 grams protein per pound lean mass.


#3

You got tons of reading ahead of you man. As far as nutrition, look up John Berardi. Even go to his website www.johnberardi.com. Thats how I started learning. Its worth every article. Good luck.


#4

yea i know i got alot of reading to do >.<. i've read a couple of John's articles, in which i will continue to read them.

I'm 5'11 210 lb roughly


#5

Sounds like unless you share gear with Coleman and Cutler you'd probably be overtraining with 7 days of several hour workouts per day. 1.3-1.5 grams per lb of LEAN bodyweight is a good starting point. Don't neglect carbs especially with all the activity you do. A good starting point for carbs is 2-2.5 grams per lb of bodyweight. As you have been told read, read then read some more.