Protein intake guidelines for athletes

The previous blog Time to rethink the protein intake guidelines for athletes? reported on a recently published study from the research group of Professor Kevin Tipton. Kevin and I used to share offices next to each other at the University of Birmingham, so I used this paper as an excuse to ask him some questions about the paper. The stuff you don’t read in the paper… AJ: First of all, congratulations with a great study that keep challenging our think just when we think we have figured it all out and have optimised our recommendations! Thank you for taking the time to answer some of my questions that remained after reading the paper. Let’s start with an obvious question. If 40 grams is better

Time to rethink the protein intake guidelines for athletes?

Most athletes easily exceed the recommendations for daily protein intake. However, in order to optimise the effects of training, it is still important to understand the amount of protein needed in each meal. Studies have demonstrated that 20-25 grams per meal results in optimal effects. But a group of researchers from the University of Stirling led by Professor Kevin Tipton challenged this thinking! In this blog we will review the literature and discuss these new results. Three independent studies suggested that 20 to 25 g of protein would be required to reach these optimal effects on protein synthesis (1,2,3). Ingesting higher amounts of protein than this (e.g., 40 g) did not further stimul

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