Featured Article ~ The Optimal Daily Protein Intake for a Bodybuilder
Does it matter if I eat all my protein in two or three meals a day or should I spread it out throughout the day?
Yes it matters. If you try and get your daily allotment of protein in just two or three meals, you may be shortchanging your muscle gains. First
of all, there is a limit to how much protein can be digested and absorbed at one sitting. How much protein this is, isn't known. But, it would
make logical sense that people would have varying abilities to digest and absorb protein, and therefore, the maximum you can absorb per sitting
is likely different from person to person. So while we don't know what the upper limit is, we do know that there is in fact a threshold beyond
which protein will not be used.
Another thing to remember is that unlike as with fat and carbs, the latter of which can be stored as both muscle and liver glycogen, your body
doesn't have a "warehouse" for amino acids. Carbs and fat are therefore always readily available if need be. However, amino acids that are not
used are removed from the body. You want to constantly have amino acids available for when your body needs them. Having amino acids constantly
available will help your body maintain a muscle building state. So, make sure you divide your protein intake over six meals. That said, for a
convenient & delicious way to increase your protein intake throughout the day, try adding a protein shake or protein bar to a meal. Your taste buds
& muscles will thank you!