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Protein absorption -

posted Oct 18, 2014 23:40:17 by apathy935
Just a random question.

How much protein can you absorb?

I've been stopped at the gym a few times by a few guys(assuming they're all friends as they said the same thing) telling me the body will only use 30g Protein a day. Researched this online and online it says you can absorb like 10-15g/hour. What is it?
They spouted off telling my I should only use 1 scoop of protein powder because 2 is the company trying to make me waste the product and buy more blah blah. They didn't seem the brightest bunch so not sure I'll listen to them but what is the right answer?
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Andrew Johnson said Oct 19, 2014 07:00:40
I think that all that talk is nonsense..there is a reason why protein is pushed so hard in the bodybuilding culture..it's because it works! Experiement with yourself..whatever your eating right now use as your baseline...go up twenty grams for a while, see if it does anything..go up fifty..go down some..see what works for you..I notice that when I get 330 grams a day i feel my muscles are much harder and fuller and I feel stronger! I weigh 220ish so that's about 1.5 grams of protein per lb of body weight...I don't listen to all those people telling me my body can only absorb this or that..eat ur protein!
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tangosauce said Oct 22, 2014 01:56:23
Absorbing protein versus absorbing amino acids in a shake is a different comparison. Your digestion does limit nutrient intake, but if you are eating every 2-3 hours and taking digestive enzymes you'll be in good shape. There comes a point though when carbs become more important for growth than protein intake, but that's only when you start pushing 300 pounds. Most people can take 1-1.5 g protein per lb bw, or 2 g in an ideal situation. What it comes down to is the fact that you need to be putting in hard ass work to grow, and if you aren't doing that then the amount of protein you intake doesn't mean shit.
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Tanner simpson said Oct 23, 2014 18:06:37
It also becomes about calories... who cares if you can your cant absorb it all? IT will still be used and if not in protein then your body will covert unwanted to glucose. This kind of talk is way over thinking and you will just get mind fucked. You need calories to grow! Protein is one of the best forms of calories and also has a thermogenic effect
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