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Old 04-29-2014, 07:36 AM   #1
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protein and muscle mass

I can't find anything on the levels of protein I should eat on ud and dd. I weigh 190. 5 ft 4 in and 52 yrs old. Should I eat double the protein on an ud or just not worry about it? What do you all do?

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Old 04-29-2014, 07:41 AM   #2
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When I was doing JUDDD, I focused on protein on DDs and managed to get almost to my minimum requirements. On UDs, I didn't eat 'extra' but made sure to meet my protein needs. I can't be sure of this, but I don't think our bodies can 'store' excess protein for future requirements.

Typically my DDs were 50g of protein and my UDs 65-70g.

I'm a great fan of the ProteinPower plan, so that's why I really focus on protein. The JUDDD plan itself doesn't address protein specifically. It's a calorie cycling plan, and what a person chooses to eat is his/her choice.

I cycle more informally now in maintenance, but I still focus on protein to insure that I retain whatever muscle I can as I'm post-menopausal, a time when muscle loss is common.

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Old 04-29-2014, 09:08 AM   #3
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I would go for an average of protein over the two-day cycle. So if you needed 50g per day, that's 100g over two days.

If your Down Days are high protein, say 40g, then you would only have a little extra on your Up Days, 60g, to average out.

But if you are doing mostly fat or carbs, or a water fast on your Down Days, then have 100g of protein on your Up Days.

* The 50g requirement is just as an example. Personally, I try for 80-100g per day, average.
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Old 04-29-2014, 01:04 PM   #4
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I would go for an average of protein over the two-day cycle. So if you needed 50g per day, that's 100g over two days.

If your Down Days are high protein, say 40g, then you would only have a little extra on your Up Days, 60g, to average out.

But if you are doing mostly fat or carbs, or a water fast on your Down Days, then have 100g of protein on your Up Days.

* The 50g requirement is just as an example. Personally, I try for 80-100g per day, average.
This is what I do, too, and try to "average" 75-125 grams. My range seems huge!
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Old 04-29-2014, 03:53 PM   #5
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I really don't know what good it does to eat 'extra' protein on UDs. Protein is metabolized by our bodies for specific needs, but anything beyond our own body's daily needs is converted for either energy or storage (as fat--if we exceed our caloric requirements). Protein to be converted to amino acids needed by our bodies is a daily activity. We can't 'make up' for any deficiency the next day.
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Old 04-29-2014, 04:30 PM   #6
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I personally try for an average because the literature is so contradictory about what one needs to maintain and/or build muscle mass. I've read 1 gram per pound of weight, 1 gram per pound of lean mass, 1 gram per kilo, on and on . . . I figure if I shoot for 75-125, that's somewhere in the middle.
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