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how much protein per meal?

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Created November 19, 2012 at 5:17 PM

how much protein should one consume per meal, generally speaking.

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on November 20, 2012
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Optimal for overall health. “The Zone” provides pretty good guidelines for macro nutrient requirements for feeding lean body mass according to activity level. 20 to 30 grams of protein 5 to 6 times per day is between 100 and 180 grams of protein per day. 180 grams is no small amount even for professional athletes. I love all forms of protein. I eat it all day long.

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Optimal for overall health. “The Zone” provides pretty good guidelines for macro nutrient requirements for feeding lean body mass according to activity level. 20 to 30 grams of protein 5 to 6 times per day is between 100 and 180 grams of protein per day. 180 grams is no small amount even for professional athletes. I love all forms of protein.

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“The Zone” provides pretty good guidelines for macro nutrient requirements for feeding lean body mass according to activity level. 20 to 30 grams of protein 4 to 6 times per day is between 80 and 180 grams of protein per day. 180 grams is no small amount even for professional athletes. I love protein. I eat it all day long.

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"Optimal" for what? The body will digest all protein you feed it, and if not, you WILL notice it when you excrete your bowels. The whole "optimal" dose seems to stem from people who do NOT want to eat protein. They want to know how little they can eat and still have maximum use for muscle tissue and stimulate protein synthesis.

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Agree. It's amazing how one can always make room for cake but not another chicken breast. Funny how that satiating effect works . . .

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Exactly 25 grams. Hahahaha, just kidding.

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on November 19, 2012
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I would look at per day rather than per meal. 1.2-1.7g/kg/day is a good place to start for retaining lean mass and providing your body with enough substrate to do the day to day activities protein is needed for. .7-1g/lb/lean mass is also a good reference point.

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on November 19, 2012
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What are your goals? For someone not looking to lose weight, I don't think there any limit. Eat it until you're full.

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on November 19, 2012
at 10:16 PM

Agree. It's amazing how one can always make room for cake but not another chicken breast. Funny how that satiating effect works . . .

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on November 19, 2012
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My research indicates that between 20 and 30 grams is optimal. I find it takes closer to 30 grams to satisfy my appetite.

PS. Barry Sears, “Zone Diet” creator, would concur as most meals would be 3 or 4 blocks, or 21 to 28 grams of protein per meal. I am a four block guy.

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Optimal for overall health. “The Zone” provides pretty good guidelines for macro nutrient requirements for feeding lean body mass according to activity level. 20 to 30 grams of protein 5 to 6 times per day is between 100 and 180 grams of protein per day. 180 grams is no small amount even for professional athletes. I love all forms of protein. I eat it all day long.

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on November 19, 2012
at 11:59 PM

“The Zone” provides pretty good guidelines for macro nutrient requirements for feeding lean body mass according to activity level. 20 to 30 grams of protein 4 to 6 times per day is between 80 and 180 grams of protein per day. 180 grams is no small amount even for professional athletes. I love protein. I eat it all day long.

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on November 19, 2012
at 10:47 PM

"Optimal" for what? The body will digest all protein you feed it, and if not, you WILL notice it when you excrete your bowels. The whole "optimal" dose seems to stem from people who do NOT want to eat protein. They want to know how little they can eat and still have maximum use for muscle tissue and stimulate protein synthesis.

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on November 20, 2012
at 12:00 AM

Optimal for overall health. “The Zone” provides pretty good guidelines for macro nutrient requirements for feeding lean body mass according to activity level. 20 to 30 grams of protein 5 to 6 times per day is between 100 and 180 grams of protein per day. 180 grams is no small amount even for professional athletes. I love all forms of protein.

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on November 19, 2012
at 06:12 PM

From a purely paleo perspective, there is no answer because how much protein you ate depended largely on how well you did hunting.

Some variation is probably helpful though, since our ancestors went through feast and famine, whereas we seem to be able to get the exact same amount repeatedly, and seem sicker for it.

Some of the low carb researchers suggest no more than 20g protein per meal because of the info that's been found with regard to the MTOR pathway- they expect to live longer by not triggering this pathway (which is also triggered by carbs). Again, this ends up being a steady state deal, just different than the current SAD situation, so the jury is out as to whether they've found 'optimal' or they are just setting themselves up for new problems.

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