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Ideas on protein?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 06, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Hey Guys,

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!

Thanks guys,

Ryan

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on August 17, 2013
at 04:56 PM

Hey man maybe you could utilize more, some people can synthesize more protein than others. Most people I know who are competitive in sports aim for around 2g of protein per lb. Try all different levels and adjust accordingly.

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on June 07, 2013
at 07:22 PM

Ah ok maybe planning is the key! :)

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on June 07, 2013
at 05:51 PM

Hi i am currently working with my trainer who suggests 1.0grams per 1lb of body weight which brings me in at around 190 grams needed per day! I aim for between 180-200 so am actually pretty accurate! But i do understand what you mean.

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on June 07, 2013
at 05:45 PM

i keep carbs to a minimum at the moment. But i do weight train heavily 4 days a week so that's why the protein intake is kept quite high ! :)

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on June 06, 2013
at 11:32 PM

This. You're overeating protein by a significant amount. All you're doing is making expensive pee.

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on June 06, 2013
at 10:14 PM

I don't eat a lot of eggs compared to some people on here -- I probably eat 6 to 10 a week, and often in just 1 or 2 meals a week. The whites alone are **not** good for you, even though that is often promoted by many people. All the various good stuff in an egg is just in the yolk - the whites just contain some more protein including an undesirable one called avidin, but binds to biotin ... long story, short: just eat whole eggs. :-)

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on June 06, 2013
at 09:55 PM

Ran out of typing space! Do you eat a lot of eggs? That was one of my other questions as i heard the white is better for you! Although i love a 3/4 egg omelette with chicken and veggies!

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on June 06, 2013
at 09:51 PM

Hi there... Wow thanks for all your feedback! Ok i'm convinced soy is a bag of s**t and will leave it well alone! Fish is something i am trying to open myself up to as i didn't used to like it but do now like salmon and tuna! I haven't really thought about eating a lot more of them for protein though so will have to check it out and buy some!! You asked why i considered soy milk, i was only considering it because i was looking up foods rich in protein and soy milk and cottage cheese were there! But i'm happy to stick to meat and start incorporating more fish into my diet!

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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.

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on June 07, 2013
at 07:22 PM

Ah ok maybe planning is the key! :)

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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.

4f12a06aee26f64e432762495302ec9d

(292)

on June 07, 2013
at 05:51 PM

Hi i am currently working with my trainer who suggests 1.0grams per 1lb of body weight which brings me in at around 190 grams needed per day! I aim for between 180-200 so am actually pretty accurate! But i do understand what you mean.

9f52f85c3964445d7b16c94a890f6136

on August 17, 2013
at 04:56 PM

Hey man maybe you could utilize more, some people can synthesize more protein than others. Most people I know who are competitive in sports aim for around 2g of protein per lb. Try all different levels and adjust accordingly.

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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.

4f12a06aee26f64e432762495302ec9d

(292)

on June 07, 2013
at 05:45 PM

i keep carbs to a minimum at the moment. But i do weight train heavily 4 days a week so that's why the protein intake is kept quite high ! :)

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on June 06, 2013
at 11:32 PM

This. You're overeating protein by a significant amount. All you're doing is making expensive pee.

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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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.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on June 06, 2013
at 10:14 PM

I don't eat a lot of eggs compared to some people on here -- I probably eat 6 to 10 a week, and often in just 1 or 2 meals a week. The whites alone are **not** good for you, even though that is often promoted by many people. All the various good stuff in an egg is just in the yolk - the whites just contain some more protein including an undesirable one called avidin, but binds to biotin ... long story, short: just eat whole eggs. :-)

4f12a06aee26f64e432762495302ec9d

(292)

on June 06, 2013
at 09:51 PM

Hi there... Wow thanks for all your feedback! Ok i'm convinced soy is a bag of s**t and will leave it well alone! Fish is something i am trying to open myself up to as i didn't used to like it but do now like salmon and tuna! I haven't really thought about eating a lot more of them for protein though so will have to check it out and buy some!! You asked why i considered soy milk, i was only considering it because i was looking up foods rich in protein and soy milk and cottage cheese were there! But i'm happy to stick to meat and start incorporating more fish into my diet!

4f12a06aee26f64e432762495302ec9d

(292)

on June 06, 2013
at 09:55 PM

Ran out of typing space! Do you eat a lot of eggs? That was one of my other questions as i heard the white is better for you! Although i love a 3/4 egg omelette with chicken and veggies!

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