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PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 2014 8:46 am 
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2014 8:59 pm 
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Ugh I hate posting my numbers but maybe someone can help shed some Kg shedding secrets-

28 yrs old
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168lbs- 76kg

disclaimer- Im in the Army and an Infantry Paratrooper, so my ability to be super skinny is tough but I'd like to drop to 150lbs for idea race weight. Main diet consists of whey protein shakes, chicken, fish, eggs, veggies..etc I eat very clean and try to eat as few carbs in the afternoon as possible and only water or coffee. No sodas, seldom do I grab a red bull but it's a treat.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2014 10:54 pm 
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Puro, you're almost exactly where I'm at both in terms of weight and height. I know I could drop to almost 160 with some hard work, and not knowing your body composition is hard, but I would be fairly stickly if I was to drop to 150. That's me though


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 3:50 pm 
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If you're looking to lose weight, whey protein shakes are most likely not helping. Isn't that the stuff that bodybuilders use to bulk up?

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 5:21 pm 
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Protein doesnt miraculously make you build muscle.

In fact, a well calculated high protein, moderately low carb diet will help you lose some fat.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 10:18 pm 
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Stay away from protein supplements at all costs please. Actually, stay away from sports supplements in general if possible.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2014 7:26 pm 
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Joso wrote:
Protein doesnt miraculously make you build muscle.

In fact, a well calculated high protein, moderately low carb diet will help you lose some fat.

A high whey protein and pretty darn good at low carb amounts is where Im at. I don't take creatine, or any other sort of "muscle building supplement". Whatever weights I do, I let my body naturally taper it through high amounts of cardio. I am considered a skinny and small guy in comparison to other Soldiers, but on runs is where I excel. Sadly for cycling, I can still definitely drop 10+ and become quite competitive for when the roads point upwards.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2014 8:09 pm 
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why whey shake would'nt help?

why protein doesnt help build muscle?

why stay away from all supplements?

How a well calculated protein diet with low carbs will help a person you don't know loose weight?

A whole lot of assumptions here


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 3:34 am 
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I'm sorry but high protein low carb will only ever work if you are also HIGH FAT. You probably are super low on calories and your metabolism has likely slowed to that of a pre-teen female's. You should read some stuff about leptin and thyroid regulation as a response to various macronutrients and overall caloric intake.

I don't know what your riding and Army training are like, but I'm guessing you do a lot of cardiovascular activity. Fuel it. Drop the protein down. Endurance athletes generally require less than pure strength/power athletes. Lyle McDonald has some great free articles on his site www.bodyrecomposition.com. Read as many as you can specifically his articles on CHO and protein requirements. My guess is you are probably hovering around 40%-50% of your diet (or more) from protein, and maybe 25% from the other two macros at most. Normally, and percentages are not always the most accurate way to break down a diet, an endurance athlete would require around 50%-60% of their diet to be from CHO at the very least. Right now its trendy to avoid processed carbs, which definitely aren't the best, but starchy vegetables, rice, and numerous legumes also have a very high protein and trace nutrient content as well and are perfectly acceptable energy sources.

To give you an idea of my daily intake on a maintenance day:
6 feet 2 inches tall, 28 years old
159-160lbs
On a recovery spin or off day: 2400-2600 calories (Using BW in lbs x 15-16). I shoot for 4-5g/kg of CHO, 1.25g/kg of protein, and do try to keep fat on the lower side and it ends up fine. This ends up somewhere around 290-360g of CHO, 90-100g of protein, and fat whatever it ends up at.

Ride days really differ depending on what I did the previous day, that day, the next day, and the next block so I can't really advise you there. I've struggled with trying to maintain weight in the past and tried about every type of diet imaginable and restricting my CHO intake was probably the most detrimental thing I have done in terms of performance and maintaining a healthy metabolism.

No supplement will build muscle. You guys are talking out of your assholes. Creatine does not actually build muscle, it helps to synthesize ATP faster for very short duration activity. It would do nothing for a cyclist, but would help a strength athlete spending less than 12 seconds under tension.

Protein does not also necessarily build muscle. It can prevent catabolism, maintain a positive nitrogen balance, and promote anabolism, but there is nothing about whey protein that makes your body say "Oh damn, better go make a ton of muscle". Muscle gain is determined by genetics, diet, and type of exercise in that order. I've yet to see a single endurance athlete accidentally gain too much muscle by riding a bike although many gain plenty of fat and get dad legs and think that they've gained muscle.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 4:09 am 
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Can someone repost so KW can see...

Just another example of how much KW and I probably agree on a ton of stuff. Good post mate.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 7:29 am 
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Tapeworm wrote:
Can someone repost so KW can see...

Just another example of how much KW and I probably agree on a ton of stuff. Good post mate.


There go Tapeworm! :up:



Better not let the coach see this but I've blown out a little to 84kgs; still feel good on the bike but the motivation to actually get out the door is waning a bit at the moment, possibly due to external factors such as weather, and shitty race results. :?

But the days are slowly, slowly getting longer! Which means summer is on it's way 8)

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 10:36 am 
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KWalker: good points. Carbs is fuel. More protein does not equal more muscle.

That said, here's a study that might be of interest in this context:
Protein ingestion before sleep improves postexercise overnight recovery.

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Started off life as an athlete, then decided to get an education/job and somehow Was 35, 116kgs, 186cm (6ft1 1/2")... Now getting close to peak fitness again at 41yo, 78kgs....


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 12:27 pm 
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There is indeed nothing special to whey protein other then the practical aspect of it. The amino acid profile is interesting but is not something that can't be accounted for by eating a variety of other whole foods. Building muscle has a lot to do with the correct training stimuli. But coming out on a forum and telling someone he should avoid this and that, and a macro will be him gain weight and supplements are evil, is just nuts.

Other then the potential initial, rapid gains (and loss of fat), you will hardly build muscle by riding a bike, endurance-wise. The mechanisms are just not compatible. Even if you lift and keep an endurance training regiment, there won't be any significant contractile muscle protein synthesis.


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And I would add something: if you have to overeat on a particular macronutrient, then it may be a good idea to overeat on protein rather then fat or carbs. KW protein intake sounds good but I would say anywhere between 1g to 2g / kg is fine. Overeating on proteins can have a few benefits as far as weight management goes; it is more satiating, it costs more energy to metabolise and the fat gain should be minimal when overeating as far as you don't go over the top with your caloric intake and expenditure.


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