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How much is your daily protein consumption?

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Deal Addict
Dec 18, 2005
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How much is your daily protein consumption?

I read various sources but most seem to indicate that to bulk up, between 0.8g to 1.5g of protein per pound of body weight needs to be consumed daily. Apologies if this has been previously asked, nut how much protein do you consume daily, and how do you do it (eg what types of food over what meals)? What is the most cost effective protein you found?
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May 14, 2009
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I usually consume about 130-150g daily. I weigh 160lbs, slowly gaining.

Whey powder seems to be the cheapest source of protein. I prefer food, but usually have one scoop of protein daily -either tossed into my coffee or into milk that I pour over cereal. Food-wise, I eat a lot of eggs, egg whites, ground chicken, chicken thighs, lean ham, lite tuna; I stock up when stuff is on sale.

To bulk up, a calorie surplus is needed and not necessarily a high protein intake. If you want to prioritize gaining muscle, a small surplus with sufficient P intake will do the trick. If you're in a surplus, most people don't really need more than 0.82-1g protein per lb body weight.
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Sep 20, 2008
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When I am competing, 270-300 grams a day. This will include two shakes, plus to meals of meat and a meal of eggs. I find that my strength best responds when I eat more red meat.
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Apr 4, 2012
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I usually get about a a gram per lb. No whey, but I use hemp hearts in my shakes with a bunch of other seeds, chia, flax, pumpkin, sesame, add some greens that contain decent amount of protein, ie sprouted beans, peas, kale (Vitamix will get it nice and smooth) and I can get a around 40 grams of protein from the shake spread over 2 servings over the day, plus a load of other vitamins and minerals.

I eat lots of meat too, but add organ meats like liver, heart, kidneys. Usual red meat, white meat, seafood. One thing that I found convenient over the years was making my own jerkey, I have a dehydrator so every few weeks dyhydrate a kilo or 2 of flank from Costco and keep in the fridge. Pressure cooker is also a very convenient tool, lets you prepare cheap though meat in less than an hour. Also use the pressure cooker to make yogurt, as I can't tolerate milk anymore.

Other sources I use almost daily are eggs, cheese, red lentil or chickpeas pasta, hate the taste of bean pasta for some reason, canned fish.
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Dec 18, 2005
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Thanks for all the input, some great suggestions here. I never knew bean sprouts had so much proteins in them, pound for pound.
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Sep 20, 2008
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jjtsl wrote: Thanks for all the input, some great suggestions here. I never knew bean sprouts had so much proteins in them, pound for pound.
They don't. There are far better sources for protein.
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Aug 31, 2017
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What’s a comparable alternative to whey? It just doesn’t react well with my skin.
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Sep 20, 2016
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MyNameWasTaken wrote: What’s a comparable alternative to whey? It just doesn’t react well with my skin.

Took whey for years. It's 99% marketing, 1% truth. Results were ho hum. Made me bloated and I understand Whey protein comes from a handful of sources that are actually shitty manufacturers.

Gained tons of muscle when I switched to vegan protein sources (I am not vegan, I eat meat). I use Vega or Hemp protein. I find it's easier to digest and my strength and muscle mass increased especially with hemp. Whey sucks. Would never go back. Other than lean meats I also eat a shit load of nuts which has a surprisingly high amount of protein.
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Sep 20, 2016
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nataliya64605 wrote: I usually get about a a gram per lb. No whey, but I use hemp hearts in my shakes with a bunch of other seeds, chia, flax, pumpkin, sesame, add some greens that contain decent amount of protein, ie sprouted beans, peas, kale (Vitamix will get it nice and smooth) and I can get a around 40 grams of protein from the shake spread over 2 servings over the day, plus a load of other vitamins and minerals.

I eat lots of meat too, but add organ meats like liver, heart, kidneys. Usual red meat, white meat, seafood. One thing that I found convenient over the years was making my own jerkey, I have a dehydrator so every few weeks dyhydrate a kilo or 2 of flank from Costco and keep in the fridge. Pressure cooker is also a very convenient tool, lets you prepare cheap though meat in less than an hour. Also use the pressure cooker to make yogurt, as I can't tolerate milk anymore.

Other sources I use almost daily are eggs, cheese, red lentil or chickpeas pasta, hate the taste of bean pasta for some reason, canned fish.
I was like you: Protein, protein protein. Gained muscle but nothing compared to how much I was eating.

I actually drastically reduced my caloric intake, cut out dairy completely, only ate lean meats, nut, legumes etc. I went from 300-400 g or protein to about 80-100 a day.

Guess what happened? Strength went up, lost body fat and gained more muscle than I ever did in my life. So rethink your diet. I went from a steak a day to a steak a month and got stronger, not weaker. Then again I replaced meat with greens....a lot of damn greens. I also save about 250-300 a month on grocery bills due to red meat reduction. I use turkey/chicken.
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Dec 31, 2005
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I don't eat a ton of Protein. Typically between 150-200 g per day. Current body weight is 225lbs.

Going to the gym 4 times a week. Definitely seeing gains in strength and some size (and reduction of fat).

Over that past 60 days my increases have been - strong lift sets:
Bench (Flat Back - will move to a proper form now) - 185lbx5 to 210lbsx5
Deadlift - 275x5 to 335x5
Squats - 225x5 to 255x5

I am moving slowly and not pushing too hard as I do have to consider age as well - 45.
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May 14, 2009
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famosa wrote: I too used to be all about protein, protein, protein, but have now switched to a much more balanced diet.

Also, double check with a doctor before you go binging on protein.

It's rare, but too much protein can kill you > Female body builder dies from eating too much protein
She had a rare, underlying health condition.

There hasn't been any research showing that high protein diets causes negative health effects in healthy individuals. That doesn't mean you need to binge on protein. But it also doesn't mean you need to be afraid.
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Jan 4, 2017
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MyNameWasTaken wrote: What’s a comparable alternative to whey? It just doesn’t react well with my skin.
I was taking whey and gainers for over a decade, and could not figure out why my skin was breaking out like i was 15 all over again ahaha. Cut whey/gainers and drastically cut my dairy intake (occasional ice cream/cheese/yogurt) and my skin has cleared up a ton. I've experimented with different vegan proteins. For some reason I was still reacting to the VEGA brand. I am not taking Naked Pea Protein from Naked Nutrition, and my skin has not reacted at all. 100% yellow pea protein, no other ingredients.

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