Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Plant-Based Calisthenics Training - Don Matesz - 5-21-14 - YouTube

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Charles Grashow said...

If your diet is so healthy and protein requirements are so low why do you need to supplement with pea protein isolate??

Don said...

Charles, did you listen to the audio at all? I explained in the video that this is a nutrient timing strategy for enhancing the results of resistance training. It has nothing to do with improving the healthfulness of the diet. I could have achieved the same by eating some whole foods, but this was before training, so I wanted something with low bulk and easily digestible.

This meal plan had a total of 120 g protein, only 12 g (i.e. 10%) from pea protein, i.e. without the pea protein, I would still have had 108 g protein. Since I weigh 70 kg, without that pea protein the diet provided 1.5 g PRO /kg, about twice the RDA and more than suggested intakes for someone engaged in resistance training. Again, adding the pea protein is part of a nutrient timing strategy for making amino acids available to the tissues during training in a compact, easily digestible form that won't interfere with the ability to train, and has nothing to do with meeting protein requirements or making the diet more healthful. You can subtract the pea protein and the diet still provides more than enough protein.

Why don't you go ask all the low carb and paleo people why they need to use whey protein in spite of eating lots of animal protein in the form of meat, eggs, etc.? If meat etc is such a great source of protein why aren't you asking, why are so many meat eaters eating protein supplements? Why are some paleo gurus (e.g. Mark Sisson) selling protein supplements to people who are already eating animal protein?

If you don't ask them, it just shows you hold a double standard, in that people eating meat are allowed to add protein and other supplements (cod liver oil, fish oils, VT-D, VT-K2, blah blah blah) up the wazoo to their "natural" and "nutrient dense" diets without any questions being asked or any doubt falling on the healthfulness of the diet, but if a vegan like myself gets a measly 10% of his protein from a pea protein powder as a part of a specific strategy, to you it somehow means that I am 'admitting' that the diet doesn't provide enough protein. LOL.