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08 Dec 2004

Protein Powder
I am a 58 year old man and train 3 times a week. Do quite heavy cardio work (run about 4 - 5 kgs at 12) and do the circuit. I have lost all excess fat and have a resting heart rate of 44. Quite fit but seem to have got too lean - which is quite ageing. I weigh 78 kg. Someone suggested protein powder. When do I take it and any other suggestions. I eat very healthily and my blood pressure is excellent.
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01 Jan 0001

HI BB

I'm not a huge fan of protein supplementation for the sake of it. Remember that you can't just take in proteins and automatically assume that they will be used for form muscle. In effect, what you would be doing with proteins is increasing your energy intake and this can just as easily cause you to gain fat as it does to build muscle. The key then is how you are training. For you to have become excessively lean, it suggests that your energy intake is lower than than your expense. The simple solution is to then increase your intake by eating more, and particularly eat more foods which contain proteins, like meats.

So, I think that you can save money by just making simple changes to diet, rather than spending on supplements which may or may not work. As for the training, it does not seem to be too excessive, so keep it up, but keep in mind that a loss of muscle mass is a natural consequence of ageing and so diet and eating well may slow it, but it does happen.

Good luck
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