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    Hey gang,

    Got a quick question, i've noticed i will have upto 50gm of protein in one meal, not ideal but sometimes i get carried away. I used to be under the impression that it was common knowledge that the body can only process/absorb about 40gm of protein in one sitting? And that it is best to spread out your protein intake.

    This morning i believe i had about 40-50gm of protein for breakfast, went with fat+protein for brekky no carbs, and i wonder if i am wasting the meat/eggs by having too much in one sitting.

    What's the situation with this and is there any proof to suggest just how much protein is ideal in one sitting?

  • #2
    As long as you are eating real food, it doesn't matter.

    There are plenty of people in the paleosphere that only eat every 48hrs. If they could only process 20/g/day, they'd be in rough shape. They are fine.
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    • #3
      Have a read of Top Ten Fasting Myths Debunked (Major Update Nov 4th) | Intermittent fasting diet for fat loss, muscle gain and health

      Myth #5 is "Maintain a steady supply of amino acids by eating protein every 2-3 hours. The body can only absorb 30 grams of protein in one sitting."

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      • #4
        Originally posted by For_Sparta View Post
        Have a read of Top Ten Fasting Myths Debunked (Major Update Nov 4th) | Intermittent fasting diet for fat loss, muscle gain and health

        Myth #5 is "Maintain a steady supply of amino acids by eating protein every 2-3 hours. The body can only absorb 30 grams of protein in one sitting."
        Cheers for the link, i will read up on it but it sounds good so far. Mind you today i had about 60-70gm of protein for breakfast, but lunch will be pure carbs and dinner will be only about another 25-30gm of protein so i am monitoring my overall values but i do tend to sometimes have a big serving in 1 meal.

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        • #5
          My big meals contain 100g of protein...
          I didn't like the rules you gave me, so I made some of my own.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by federkeil View Post
            My big meals contain 100g of protein...
            +1, can't imagine not enjoying massive feasts after a serious workout.

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            • #7
              I'm a little dude and I have close to 100g in one meal sometimes myself. I'm making pretty damn good progress.
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              • #8
                I'm not a bro but I've stopped counting protein grams altogether.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by fiercehunter View Post
                  I'm not a bro but I've stopped counting protein grams altogether.
                  Pretty much, I have a min number I want to hit and that's it. I don't count carbs or fats ever, I just eat more carbs on WO days and less on non-WO days
                  I didn't like the rules you gave me, so I made some of my own.

                  Strong people are harder to kill than weak people, and more useful in general. - Mark Rippetoe

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                  • #10
                    What does "in one sitting" even mean? Is there a time when the body stops digesting and says "FUCK THE REST OF THIS UNDIGESTED FOOD!" and does what with it, exactly? it doesn't make sense to me that there'd be a cut-off, the body will absorb everything that needs to be absorbed in its own time.

                    Or is it some shit about it being stored as fat, instead?
                    I used to seriously post here, now I prefer to troll.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by iniQuity View Post
                      What does "in one sitting" even mean? Is there a time when the body stops digesting and says "FUCK THE REST OF THIS UNDIGESTED FOOD!" and does what with it, exactly? it doesn't make sense to me that there'd be a cut-off, the body will absorb everything that needs to be absorbed in its own time.

                      Or is it some shit about it being stored as fat, instead?
                      No, I think of it as a production line in a stinky, cramped sweatshop. When the quota for "the sitting" is complete, the whistle blows and everything shuts down until new orders come in. Or, I guess you could be right. Either way, I'm just sayin'.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by justyouraveragecavemen View Post
                        No, I think of it as a production line in a stinky, cramped sweatshop. When the quota for "the sitting" is complete, the whistle blows and everything shuts down until new orders come in. Or, I guess you could be right. Either way, I'm just sayin'.
                        That doesn't make sense to me though. You're saying that the body just stops digesting after some unspecified time is met, why? it doesn't sound at all like something that would benefit us, especially when you think about it from an evolutionary stand point (as you should be)... and if it IS true (it's not) that there's a limit for how much we can digest in a single sitting, what exactly happens to the undigested food?

                        This is as true as when vegans say meat sits and rots in your colon. Anybody that's ever fasted knows that's bullshit. The body will use up everything, or shuttle it off, then deals with waste in a way we're all intimately aware of..
                        I used to seriously post here, now I prefer to troll.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by iniQuity View Post
                          That doesn't make sense to me though. You're saying that the body just stops digesting after some unspecified time is met, why? it doesn't sound at all like something that would benefit us, especially when you think about it from an evolutionary stand point (as you should be)... and if it IS true (it's not) that there's a limit for how much we can digest in a single sitting, what exactly happens to the undigested food?

                          This is as true as when vegans say meat sits and rots in your colon. Anybody that's ever fasted knows that's bullshit. The body will use up everything, or shuttle it off, then deals with waste in a way we're all intimately aware of..
                          I was being facetious.
                          If I just said LOL, I lied. Do or do not. There is no try.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by justyouraveragecavemen View Post
                            I was being facetious.
                            It is really hard to tell without the <sarcasm> tags dude.

                            I will eat a 1.5lbs ribeye after a workout (which is more than 100g of protein at least) and I am none of the following:

                            A.) Fat
                            B.) Dying of some kidney dysfunction
                            C.) Crapping out huge things.

                            Sometimes I will eat a 2lb'er if I am still hungry.
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                            • #15
                              Theres no magic number before youre topped up and cant process anymore protein. The body doesnt work that way. As long as youre using it, your body will process it. Just like any other macro.

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