Originally Posted by Ash
LMAO ofcourse i eat meat man. no way im a vegan....i meant that EXCESS protein and protein shakes too much can damage the kidneys. and yes its true, ask ur doctor if u dont believe me. The kidney forms the urine and the kidney works with the urea that the excess aminoacids make....
ash, protein is not bad for u. there is no such thing as excess protein if there is excess water. so if u have a shitload of protein powder and a lot of water, ur fine.
we use a simple scale to calculate how much protein one should have.
1.5 x ur bodyweight = xxx grams of protein.
so lets say u weight 200 lbs. in that case, ur protein intake will be
1.5 x 200 = 300 grams of protein per day
now, even if u go upto 350 its fine provided ur drinking a lot of water.
protein powder is good for u and u shouldnt worry so much about it. ask me. i am petrified of supplements but stuff like whey, weightgainers, BCAAs are cool in my book because they wont kill me.
also: dont always listen to doctors. while some of them know what they are talking about, a lot of them dont. if urs told u that all protein powders are bad, then i dont think he knows what he is talking about.
u mentioned amino acids. ur protein powders ARE amino acids. so is the meat u eat. remember: supplements are there to supplement ur diet - not replace it. so if u eat a LOT of meat then ur gonna get ur protein requirements through that right away.
also, protein shakes are good pre and post workout meals. they arent meals as a whole, but they are good ad ons.
right now at ur stage u need to accept the fact that ur tiny and scrawny and u need to get big. the only way to do that is to train correctly and eat more than enough. u need to eat a LOT to be honest.
so read up the articles pasted here, post ur questions and enjoy ur stay as u try to get big and strong.