Re: Q: Protein/amino supplement?

Date: Tue Nov 21 2000 - 16:15:49 MST

In a message dated 11/21/2000 4:17:02 PM Eastern Standard Time, writes:

> Some people seem to think that 40g/day of protein isn't enough to build
> muscles on 1250/day of calories. It seems likely that if I want to keep
> losing fat and building muscle on my current diet, I need to add some
> protein supplements or amino acid supplements... or something, anyway.
> "Health" is "in", these days, so it's totally impossible to find out
> anything from the 'Net.
> What do I need - what supplements, in particular - to simultaneously lose
> fat weight and build muscle mass? Can I just get an extra 75g/day of
> amino-acid-balanced protein from some tablet (or do I take the amino acids
> directly, or what?) and go on dieting and exercising, or will my body just
> consume the extra protein as ordinary calories?
> And if so, could someone please recommend a particular brand of
> protein/amino tablet? Because the Net of a Million Lies appears to have

Your best bet for building muscle is to take in about one gram of protein for
every pound you weigh (assuming you aren't obese). The quality of protein
makes a difference. Proteins that contain a higher percentage of essential
amino acids are what to look for. Whey protein is popular. Some people worry
that high levels of protein can cause kidney damage but the trick is to take
in no more then about forty grams at one time and to space it out during the
day. A problem you might run into, however, is that you will never build
muscle on that low of a caloric intake. If you want to lose fat your best
bet is to build muscle. This will burn the fat for you. I know a lot of
extropians feel that restricting their diets could increase their lifespans
but I feel that it diminishes the quality of your life too much, and by the
time I have to worry about my life span regenerative medicine will be readily
available. I'm getting ready to start a new routine this week. It calls for
4,000 calories a day but I should be able to pile on about twelve pounds of
muscle in six months. If you're still concerned about body fat though, do
sprints or some other form of high intensity exercise. Forget jogging.
Would you rather have the body of a sprinter or a marathon runner? And when
you do weight train remember to work all three types of muscle fibers for
maximal growth.

Jacques Mathieu

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