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What will happen if I receive major part of my protein needs from powders rather than foods?

First, it must be noted that the quantity of protein that is being recommended by the calculator you have found is not supported by science. The literature suggests that optimal recovery occurs with a ...
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Ectomorph Doubt

You are not an ectomorph. There is no such thing as an ectomorph, as the concept of somatotypes is a nonsense pseudoscience that was made up in the 1940s and has never been supported by evidence. ...
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Why does the FDA recommend only 50g of protein for an adult male?

50 grams of protein is the minimum amount of protein your body needs to not be deficient. These shouldn't be the goals you shoot for. 100 grams is more an appropriate amount to stay healthy. 30g of ...
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Am I misunderstanding the recommended daily protein intake? I find it impossibly high

184g of Protein does not sound unreasonable to me for someone who is actively exercising. It can be a lot, but it only amounts to ~740 Cal of your daily consumption. So you will need to be eating ...
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How can I check if my protein powder has been 'amino spiked'?

The cheapest way would be to see if there are any other added amino acids other than protein that aren't listed on the label. Companies will add cheap amino acids to increase the nitrogen balance in ...
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Does a high proteine intake support the reduction of body fat?

Let's start with some foundation in the order of importance: Energy Balance (Calories in vs. Calories out) Macros (amount of protein, carbohydrates, fat) Micros/Supplements (vitamins / minerals and ...
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What is the cheapest protein source?

A typical 10lb bag of ON whey protein costs ~$115 USD. There are 149 servings (1 scoop = 1 serving) in a bag. So 24 grams of protein (with negligible carbs and fat) costs $0.77 USD. I don't think ...
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Is protein the only intake needed for muscle gain?

Yes you need lots of other things, minerals, vitamins, essential fats, carbohydrates. These are needed to build muscle and also to stay alive, while the muscle building happens. That's why should ...
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What will happen if I receive major part of my protein needs from powders rather than foods?

I have no option beside protein powders. Just, because I cannot eat more than [a piece of chicken, 2 eggs, and a serving fish per day]. Yeah, right. There's no reason not to eat six eggs, double the ...
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Why do bodybuilders need so much protein when 70 % of muscle is water?

There are already some answers that address this, basically tissue is being torn down and needs to be repaired. But it goes further: there are simply a pile of benefits to upping protein (2012 study): ...
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More protein = more potential for muscle growth?

Yes, the academic literature supports the notion that greater protein intake facilitates more rapid recovery, and can therefore sustain a greater training workload. And guidelines from all of the ...
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How much protein should I eat on off-days?

I've been lifting for years. As a 46 year old 135lb female I was just taking in about 80 grams a day roughly. I did one 32 gram shake after my workout and then just ate whatever. I notice a plateau in ...
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What is the cheapest protein source?

Eggs! A dozen in USA costs around $3 that is 6 grams of proteins for $0.041 per gram. Although it doesn't beat $0.03 per gram in Eric's answer but its close and eggs are not for $3 everywhere. ...
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Is it good to take protein supplements?

Your primary nutrition should be from food. Protein powder as the name suggest are supplements, if you are using them as food, it may come up with side-effects. Regarding your coach, it's time to get ...
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Window to utilize protein after weightlifting?

There is a concept called the "anabolic window", which is a belief that directly after a workout our body is primed for optimal muscle protein synthesis (muscle growth) and that this period lasts only ...
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Why does the FDA recommend only 50g of protein for an adult male?

The FDA recommendations are a very general guide and refer to the general population, not athletes or anyone doing large amounts of exercise. The IAAF have recently released some updated nutritional ...
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Adding Whey Protein to fitness goal

Whey protein is used to gain muscle mass fast. Its a supplement and has very little side effects. The Brand is important because some people see more improvement with diffirent brands(needs to be ...
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What is the right kind of protein for that job?

Why does it matter how long protein digestion takes? is it because we do not want it to be released faster than body can absorb or needs? From https://redd.it/39xveo (mirror): Article (2014) (...
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Difficulty to eat healthy food and weight loss

A huge reality you need to embrace is that if you do not make sizable time and adjustments for your health now, you will make time and adjustments for long term and generally incurable health problems ...
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Are protein powders unhealthy for a teen athlete?

No, protein supplements are made of whey protein, which is the liquid remaining after milk has been curdled and strained. It's not a synthetic product of any kind. I haven't tried the Gold brand in ...
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protein in the rest days

It's not like your protein intake on rest days is actually zero (unless you eat NOTHING on your rest days). I assume you are talking about a supplement source like whey protein. It is considered a ...
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Consuming proteins only after training?

Supplemented protein should ideally be only a small part of your total daily protein intake. There are sources of very good proteins (depending on your diet). Dairy (such as (lowfat) quark, cottage ...
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What Type Of Protein Is Best For You?

Whey protein and casein are actually by-products of making cheese. They are separated during the cheese making process. Cheese manufacturers will sell this excess whey to supplements companies who ...
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Is it better to eat protein-rich food the day you work out or the day you rest?

Just to summarize what we went over in the comments, we recommend that you don't worry about the details of WHEN you consume the protein, but rather make sure that you DO consume the protein. The ...
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Does protein intake make you fat, especially after stop hitting a gym?

Protein alone won't make you fat. Eating in a caloric surplus makes you fat. Calories are a combination of protein, fat, and carbs (and alcohol but hopefully that's not part of your regular diet). So ...
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Do I really need to track my carbs and fat if I'm hitting my daily calorie and protein numbers?

No you don't. It won't affect body composition in any serious fashion.
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Why does the FDA recommend only 50g of protein for an adult male?

Like the person in this question, I'm finding that I really have to focus on protein in order to get 160-180g of protein every day. You will find that many things in the fitness world are about ...
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Do protein shakes really damage the kidneys?

@muffin, the responses from Dan Andrews and backinshapebuddy are the most important things to continue. From personal experience, the signs of kidney damage really are that subtle that you'll think ...
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Vegan trying to build muscle: how much protein should I eat and how can I get it?

If you eat milk and eggs, then whey protein supplements/powders are permissible. As far as amount, you want between 1-2g of protein per kg of body weight, leaning more towards the higher side. So I ...
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