How Much Protein Do You Need?
Beginning the path of my bodybuilding endeavors, I found myself reading as much as possible on training, supplementation & nutrition.
Information at that time was relegated to library books, (also an occasional purchase from a book store at the mall) word of mouth at the local gym, & the monthly periodicals that I anticipated each month at the newsstand.
I have to say with the plethora of information and my own endless experimentation I gleaned what I like to call an education.
Sure, it would of been a whole lot more efficient having such an awesome source as the internet can be, but I feel kind of fortunate to have started in a period that just slightly predated the web because of some virtues/qualities that seem to be on the “endangered species” list, such as patience and individual rugged trial & error.
The nutritional portion of the triad always seemed to be the most mysterious to me.
I would read articles that would describe a pro bodybuilders schematics of training, supplementation & of also nutrition and attempt to emulate what I could, but eventually deduced that the nutrition aspect would not only take an inordinate amount of time in preparation and allocation, but that I would also need to pick up a second job or win the lottery to pay for the actual food, especially the lean protein sources.
Luckily, in congruence with my goals as I progressed, I found that calories are king and will be produce the majority of results. Sure, protein is important in muscle-building and hormone optimization, but realistically for the natural physical culture enthusiast, most can get away with a lot less than what the industry deems as necessary benchmarks.
Personally, I usually range around .6-.8 grams per my body weight and have seen no reduction in muscle mass nor performance.
Of course there are many elements involved.
Proper rest/sleep, keeping stress to minimum, and including the proper diet in term of vitamins & minerals are always vital & key.