"Crunching numbers all day is what they do best on the BBforums. One example, the 40/40/20 (carbs/protein/fat) breakdown is what they recommend for fat loss.
I (female, 138 lbs, 5'6'') burn about 2200 calories on maintenance. If 40 % of those calories came from protein I would have to eat 220 g of it a day. That is way more protein than I have ever eaten and it is near impossible to reach those numbers by eating real food. There's only so much chicken breast and fish that I can eat per day until I puke. The biggest amount of protein I have ever eaten during one day was something like 160 g and that was during a bulking phase. So, by bodybuilding standards (1.5 - 2 g) I am not digesting enough protein. Sue me. I'm seeing results that I am happy with.
Shooter, I agree that you can't generalize how much protein one person can digest. The 30 g number is just an average. I do think however, that a lot of people waste too much money on protein supplements. I would like to know who was the first to recommend that BBers ingest 1.5 - 2 g of protein/lb bodyweight? Perhaps someone in the supplement industry who realized that people would find it much easier to reach those numbers if they added protein supplements to their diet. "
Your diet makes total sense and you seem to have a good sense toward training and nutrition....good for you!
I am 255pd and get about 300g protein/day, as much from food as possible but from homemade mrp's w/whey powder as well. Should use whey a half hour to hour before working out and quick protein (whey) after along with hi GI carbs such as maltodextrin or dextrose, sports drink etc. . I am more a strength lifter than BB but this works very well for me and studies also confirm this. As well, an interesting read I have had lately is on red meat. I have been eating alot of beef lately and doing different phases of training and my strength has improved tremendously and was trying to figure out what I did different to make that happen and I read that red meats significantly increase strength. People who have consumed red meats in the past have quite often reported very noticeable strength gains, and I realize this was my only real change so while I have not read any studies on this subject, I tend to believe the "real world" reports that I have read.
Protein definitely has a place in any athletes diet and supplements do play a part, but they are just that, supplements and should be used at the correct times otherwise it is really a waste. Just as a "one size fits all" exercise program is completely incorrect logic, so is a "one size fits all" nutritional program as once again everyone is different and responds different with different strengths/weaknesses etc....if it was all as easy as just doing squats and drinking milk as some claim, everyone would do it because it is so easy and less time consuming.
Oh. BTW JJJ, a good read is Tudor Bompa's serious strength training to learn more on the truth about protein as well as the metabolic diet by Di Pasquale. Of course Will Brink also posesses great knowledge on the truth about nutrition. He is very well known in the bodybuilding world as an expert on nutrition...his writings have really helped me tremendously with my advancement.