What dosage of protein powder should i take?

  • mikaj

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    Apr 15, 2012 5:39 PM GMT
    Its been like 3 months since I started taking protein/carbs shakes and the scoop that came with amounts to about 3 tablespoons, that would roughly make 25 grams, (correct me If im wrong)
    I weigh 72 kg (158 lbs), height 1.80 and recently started having slight pains on my lower left kidney
    you think I irritated it by taking more than usual? and if so how much of it should my body consume?
  • Pontifex

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    Apr 15, 2012 5:50 PM GMT
    In general it is suggested that you should be getting 1gram of protein per pound of body weight if you are lifting. That is generally safe for everyone. Are you sure you are getting kidney pain and not just lower back pain? If you know it is kidney pain there are a million things that could cause it and I'd talk to a doctor. Higher protein intake could cause kidney issues but that is unlikely unless you are doing something else unhealthy and taking an unhealthy amount. If all you are taking is what you mention I doubt it is causing any problems but i won't pretend I'm a doctor.
    edited to add the 1gram of protein includes dietary protein. I would not suggest eating a couple hundred grams of protein from Whey... I don't think your stomach would appreciate that. lol.
  • mikaj

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    Apr 15, 2012 6:06 PM GMT
    1gram of protein per pound of body weight?

    more precisely ?
    as i said i weigh 72kg
    i mean to say it starts hurting each time i m done drinking
  • FRE0

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    Apr 15, 2012 8:08 PM GMT
    Pontifex saidIn general it is suggested that you should be getting 1gram of protein per pound of body weight if you are lifting. That is generally safe for everyone. Are you sure you are getting kidney pain and not just lower back pain? If you know it is kidney pain there are a million things that could cause it and I'd talk to a doctor. Higher protein intake could cause kidney issues but that is unlikely unless you are doing something else unhealthy and taking an unhealthy amount. If all you are taking is what you mention I doubt it is causing any problems but i won't pretend I'm a doctor.
    edited to add the 1gram of protein includes dietary protein. I would not suggest eating a couple hundred grams of protein from Whey... I don't think your stomach would appreciate that. lol.


    That is well over twice the recommended amount of protein and is likely far more than the point of diminishing returns.
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    Apr 15, 2012 8:09 PM GMT
    Simple, post-workout...one full scoop.
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    Apr 15, 2012 8:21 PM GMT
    .85 to 1 gram per pound of body weight - for the day.

    Your body will not be able to absorb more than about 50 grams max at one time - the rest is literally pissed away.

    Drinking a protein shake will not cause immediate kidney pain - unless there are SERIOUS complications from advanced disease. See a doc but don't worry about the protein powder.
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    Apr 15, 2012 9:02 PM GMT
    6 meals, avg 20-25g protein per meal, a meal can be a shake but you probably don't want to be doing more than 2 a day.
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    Apr 16, 2012 12:50 AM GMT
    mikaj said1gram of protein per pound of body weight?

    more precisely ?
    as i said i weigh 72kg
    i mean to say it starts hurting each time i m done drinking
    Go see a doctor. NOW. Feeling kidney pains from drinking protein powder is not normal.

    Also, the X grams of protein per Y pounds of body weight formula isn't a good measurement. Everyone has different nutrition requirements. You need to experiment to find what works best for you. Or go see a qualified nutritionist for a better assessment. Actually, go see a doctor first and find out about that pain you're experiencing.
  • mikaj

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    Apr 16, 2012 12:00 PM GMT
    thanks everyone for your replies
    the actual problem was the spine pain that i get thru sleeping with awkward poses, but on top of that i m lactose intolerant so the best thing to do would be avoiding mixing protein with milk just to avoid further complications such as liver disease and excessive gases
    cheers