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  • #46
    Originally posted by RichMahogany View Post
    +1. No matter what Gorbag says.
    I'm sure it'll be the usual Rippetoe boner soup with a side of Hatorade.


    • #47
      Originally posted by quikky View Post
      I'm sure it'll be the usual Rippetoe boner soup with a side of Hatorade.
      Haters gonna hate, nuthuggers gonna nuthug. That's just the nature of things around here.
      The Champagne of Beards


      • #48
        OP, you're fat and need to lose some weight. But don't worry - it's quite possible to lose fat and look like someone who works out. The guy in the picture below is slightly taller than you and 35 pounds lighter.

        Yeah, my grammar sucks. Deal with it!


        • #49
          Originally posted by Jer37208 View Post
          I know most people in the paleo sphere poo poo gaining mass and size in favor of lean functional muscle, but recently I've really wanted to put on about 15 pounds of muscle. I'm 6'2" and weigh about 225, and I'm about 80/20 paleo compliant.

          I'm wondering if just upping my protein and maybe adding sweet potatoes would meet my nutrition goals? I'm still researching the basics of serious weight training, so any input would be appreciated.
          This is what bodybuilding legend Mike Mentzer said about protein needs for gaining muscle:

          To quote the man himself:

          "Protein requirements depend almost entirely on your body weight, not your level of physical activity, because it is not used as fuel as long as the body′s energy supply is adequate. The rule of thumb is one gram of protein per day for every two pounds of bodyweight. There is no reason to buy expensive supplements since the amount of protein can be obtained from any well-balanced diet that includes meat, fish, or dairy products. I maintain my weight at about 220 pounds and consume about 60 grams of protein a day, less than recommended for my weight, and I′m still growing muscle.

          As I said before, muscle growth is a very slow process. On a daily basis it really can′t be detected at all. A ten-pound gain in a year would amount to less than half an ounce a day.

          How much protein beyond maintenance requirements would you need to gain a half ounce of muscle a day? Approximately 1 gram, the amount in one ounce of whole milk, an eight of an ounce of tuna, or a half slice of bacon. You can even get that 1 gram from a single carrot. Yet this extra protein would be enough to build ten pounds of muscle a year.

          Think about that the next time you make an investment in a can of a protein supplement".


          • #50
            And one from Ellington Darden:

            " In 1970, I had a story to tell. After being a competitive athlete and bodybuilder for 20 years, and after consuming tons of expensive nutrient pills, I clearly saw that most of the money I spent on food supplements was wasted. I realized this as a result of being challenged in my nutritional practices by Dr. Harold Schendel Professor in the Food and Nutrition Department at Florida State University. Here′s what happened.

            For two months, I kept precise records of my dietary intake, of my energy expenditure, and of my general well-being. All my urine was collected and analyzed by a graduate research team in nutrition science.

            Believe me, it was a real inconvenience to have to pee in a large brown bottle, which I carried around with me all day long in a paper sack. It was even more tedious to test my urine scientifically for various vitamins, minerals, and protein content.

            But I figured it would be worth it. Once and for all I′d be able to prove to the doubting scientists of nutrition that most athletes require massive amounts of essential nutrients.

            Boy, was I wrong!

            The results of the study showed that my body was sloughing off, or excreting, large amounts of water soluble vitamins, proteins, and other nutrients. Worse than that, it was also determined that since I had been consuming massive doses for many years, I had forced my liver and kidneys to grow excessively large to handle the influx of all these nutrients. You may desire your muscles to grow excessively large, but you don′t want this to happen to your liver and kidneys. Physicians say that doing so can lead to several medical complications and eventually shorten your life span.

            Anyway, after studying and understanding the implications of what I was doing to the insides of my body, I made a complete turnaround. I wanted to tell my story to other athletes like me. I wanted to get the word out especially to bodybuilders and weightlifters-who read the muscle magazines and flashy advertisements-and purchased the recommended food supplements and gobbled them down.

            Protein Requirements

            The biggest misconception 20 years ago, and still the biggest misconception today, is the belief that heavy weight training requires massive dietary protein intake.

            When my urine was analyzed at Flordia State University in 1970, I was consuming 380 grams of protein per day. Approximately half of the protein came from a 90 percent protein powder.

            Why did I consume so much protein? Because I had read repeatedly in muscle magazines that that′s what all the champions ate: from 300-400 grams of protein a day.

            Yet, Dr. Schendel kept tellin me that the RDA for protein is .36 grams per pund of bodyweight. Thus, at that time at a body weight of 215lbs., my protein requirement was 77 grams per day.

            The results of the study proved that Dr. Schendel was right, and that RDA was accurate. Most of the protein I was eating was being broken down and excreted through my kidneys.

            Even though a few recent studies have shown that a slight increase in the RDA for protein may benefit some athletes, the extra calories that most athletes normally consume more than compensate for those additions."