I'm trying to eat around 200 grams of protein a day to maintain my muscle mass.
Does anybody have any fresh ideas on how to eat this much protein?
I am currently eating tons of chicken, beef, almonds and have a protein powder shake with water post workout.
What do you think about soy milk and cottage cheese?
I'm keen to maybe start trying them as they have such a high protein content!
Any ideas, thoughts and opinions greatly appreciated!
asked byRyan_60 (292)
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on June 07, 2013
at 07:17 PM
I'm a woman that does moderate weight lifting... and I usually eat 130+ g of protein per day - without even trying! I think if you actually put some planning into it, you could get the 200g all while eating Paleo.
on June 07, 2013
at 12:19 AM
I have made more progress on 0.8 grams per lb of bodyweight than I did on 2g per lb. unless you are on steroids you can not utilize that much protein and it is just converted to glucose in the body, so basically all that expensive protein turns into carb which you could of enjoyed via fruit, potato or other things better tasting than shoving obscene amounts of protein down your mouth.
on June 06, 2013
at 11:17 PM
200 grams of protein to maintain your muscle mass? I highly doubt you need that much. How much carbs do you eat? If you eat a little bit increase your intake. Carbohydrates are muscle sparing.
on June 06, 2013
at 09:39 PM
Just eat meat and fish, and forget about protein powders, in my humble opinion.
I get between 150g - 250g of protein a day, and I'm simply eating meat and fish - I buy in bulk when grocery stores have sales; it doesn't matter what the sale is, but I honestly prefer seafood. I'm lucky to get fairly inexpensive grassfed beef and offal at a local farm stand - 2.5lb beef heart for $3 is not a bad deal at all, for e.g. The chicken and beef you are eating is fine - but definitely incorporate seafood! I eat mainly seafood and ruminants (beef, lamb, and goat) and have chicken and pork seldomly.
Keep any snacking you do to meat as well: I like salmon-in-a-pouch as well as grassfed beef "snack sticks"; these items add to cost, as opposed to grocery store shopping - but they sure are tastier than chemically isolated protein. ;-)
Why are you even considering soy milk? It's not "paleo", but worse: it's disgusting, goitrogenic, and estrogenic. Just ... no. Leave the soy alone.
I don't do a lot of cheese, but if you like it, cheese is a good way to sneak in some extra non-meat protein as well as fat, so handy for including in meals for satiety and flavor. However, like nuts, cheese is very calorie dense for the little protein that you get, so really think of it as a condiment, not a core meal item.
Honestly, I get that people like protein shakes for convenience, but I just don't buy into it - they're disgusting, and I don't think they are a value for the price. I'd rather incorporate less expensive meat and seafood into my diet, than rely on protein shakes - i.e. focus on the foods you are eating, not the macros.
FWIW, whenever I switch my diet around, I record my food for the week or so -- so I'm not kidding - I easily hit ~200g on an average day (ranging 150g or so to 250g on high days). For my size (and most people) anything past 120-150g of protein a day is likely wasteful. While protein is probably a better choice than indulging in other macronutrients, it is the most expensive of them, naturally sourced or as a shake. If your going to include anything supplemental in your diet, I suggest creatine over supplemental protein.