guyintheAZ saidThanks guys...
From the waaaaay TMI file... yes, I am pretty regular and everything "appears" normal lol
As for the urine, no smell... just dark yellow.
The current protein I am taking is the Max Muscle brand I bought at the gym.
The "scoop" is the red scoop that came in the jug. I'd say its a 25 gram scoop. I will put two scoops at a time in a shake with juice or water, twice a day. So maybe a total of 100 grams of powdered protein, Then I will have two Pure Protein chocolate chip bars between meals. So, maybe 140 grams of powder and protein bars per day plus regular meals.
The gluatime is the GNC brand, as is the creatine.
Sometimes I will get a smoothie when I leave the gym, They sell Max Muscle and they use that protein. Not sure about their glutamine and creatine.
I was told by a trainer to try and get 1.5x my weight in protein. Eating that much is next to impossible for me, so I supplement it with the above. Consuming approx. 270 grams per day with 140 of that in powder and bars.
Now that I am typing this, that doesn't really sound like a good idea, does it.
Occassionally, I will add 1MR as a pre-workout supplement.
Personal trainers have no formal nutrition education and unless they have at least a nutrition degree from a university, don't listen to them on nutrition (some don't even know exercise, but that's another story). Please don't consider them a nutrition resource. The wellness industry has no laws regulating who can practice and give advice in your state, Arizona. You're being suckered into believing anyone who wants to call themselves a professional in that state. See a registered dietitian for questions if you want to see a professional--they go to university and have to pass an accredited course load, 1200 hour internship with 20% acceptance rates, RD exam, plus 75 hours of continuing education per 5 years to maintain the credential. It's currently the only respected nutrition credential.
As for your question, the research shows no more than 1.7g per kg for max anabolism per day, and that's only if you are suddenly doing extreme amounts of physical activity, lifting, and it is brand new to your body. Otherwise, all that protein is being converted into urea and peed out. There is not evidence to suggest it puts strain on your kidneys, although hyperfiltration of the kidneys is a physiological response to your excessive protein intake. This means your kidneys have to do more work (whether this causes damage or not hasn't been proven).
For reference if you're 180 lbs at 6'1", you think you need 1.5g/lb at 180, that's 270 grams of protein per day that your personal trainer told you to eat. That's about 38 oz of chicken per day. One serving of chicken is 3 oz or 21 g of protein. You can only UTILIZE about 20-30g of protein at max anabolism anyways per 3-4 hours anyway. The rest of the protein is absorbed since your gut absorbs 99% of what you eat but it is converted into fat and glucose. Guess which of those pathways is more efficient? Fat conversion. This isn't saying that you will get fat from that--if you're not going over your body's caloric needs, you won't gain weight. Furthermore, it is DIFFICULT to gain weight if you are trying to eat 270 grams of protein per day because you are constantly full due to protein having a satiety factor greater than fat and carbohydrate.
So, at 180 lbs, you are about 82 kg, so 82 * 1.7 = 140 grams of protein per day. Divide that into 3 meals and 2 snacks, you get, 35 grams of protein per meal and 17.5 per snack. 35 is over the amount needed for max anabolism, so the 140 grams is probably higher than you need. Aim for these numbers every few hours, and then fill up on carbohydrates (complex starches found in whole grains for example, rice, bread, pasta, popcorn, beans). Carbohydrate actually gives you fuel for the gym. If you want to continue using your whey protein or whatever protein supplement you bought, 1 scoop of 20 g is plenty of protein. If you are trying to gain weight, eat more carbohydrate and fat. Just because muscle is protein doesn't mean dietary protein is instantly made into your muscle. The only way to gain muscle is to progressively lift more weight in the gym. That means tell your trainer to do strength testing and then work out at 70-80% of your 1RM so that you can get a workout at the most weight your body can work out at. That's called hypertrophy training. None of this involves you taking supplements or steroids (as I can see you are trying to get into from your other post).
This is my advice, as I am about 8 months from being an RD myself, but I have been in school for 8 years and know this shit. You can take my advice or you can keep having your nice GI issues and poor gym performance.
Lastly, I see you are taking some sort of pill-form of an aromatase inhibitor. Supplements aren't regulated, so you're literally taking whatever the company wants to put in the pills and no one is holding them to what is on the label. You're wasting your money on the pills and supplements. They are scams and aren't safe. But don't take my advice, do whatever the hell you want to do. It's your body, and you're the one with the medical bills if you screw up because you think you know more than the people who have gone to school for this for 8 years.
Oh and as other posters have commented, purified water and yogurt aren't pertinent to what issues you are having right now. Seriously consider seeing an RD. You have some severe knowledge deficits on how nutrition works, and fire your trainer because he is practicing outside of his expertise, which makes me think he doesn't know how to train anyways.