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The Protein-Pulse Eating Plan
An Interview with Brian Batcheldor


T: Where did you first come up with the idea of pulsed protein ingestion?

BB:

T: What's the connection between protein and endocrinology that we, as bodybuilders or strength athletes, would be most interested in?

BB:

T: Tell us about the studies.

BB:

T: Exactly how much of their daily intake were they eating before noon?

BB:

T: How many feedings? All at breakfast? All at breakfast and lunch?

BB:

T: Is there a reason they decided to do that?

BB:

young people. And they were.

T: Identical results?

BB:

T: Please define a "spread pattern." Does that mean that they were eating every two or three hours?

BB:

T: What's the take home message of all this?

BB:

T: How exactly would it interfere with performance?

BB:

T: But you can counterbalance that, right?

BB:

T: What amount of protein per pound of bodyweight do you bring them back to?

BB:

T: And how high was their protein intake prior to that?

BB:

T: Now, 2.5 grams of protein per kilo is not all that low if you're a 100 kilo athlete [roughly 220 pounds]. That would be about 250 grams of protein per day.

BB:

T: Wait a minute, so what you're saying is to eat 300 grams at lunch????? How could you do that? Let's compare someone who maybe wants to take in 200 grams per day, and someone who wants to take in 400 grams a day.

BB:

T: Okay, let's take a 100 kilo man, who's taking in 250 grams of protein… how would he incorporate the protein-pulse method of eating?

BB:

T: This is at noon they'd be eating the hundred grams? And would they have carbohydrates with that?

BB:

T: So when would they feed themselves next?

BB:

T: And you have done this and noticed a difference?

BB:

T: So let's go over it again. Immediately upon arising, you take in a fast-acting protein with some carbs, like Surge — something to get the glucose and the insulin and get the proteins and amino acids shunted where they're supposed to go, right?

Then an hour an a half later or so, you take in about 50 grams without any carbs, and a couple of hours later, at noon, you take your big hit, which is a hundred grams — in chicken breasts and red meat and a protein drink — however they'd prefer to do it.

Some good fats could be used but no…

BB:

T: So protein-only feeding?

BB:

T: Then about an hour to an hour and half later — between 1:30 and 2:00, they start taking their daily "allotment" of carbohydrates. Then maybe a little casein and whey protein a couple of hours before their workout followed by something like a Biotest Surge, and then an evening meal that contains about 25 grams of protein.

BB:

T: Sure. We've discovered pretty much the same thing from the new research on Surge or a Surge-type drink — essentially, a high carb, insulin-producing glucose drink with amino acids and fast-acting proteins taken before a workout.

One group took the drink pre-workout and one group took it post-workout, and I believe that protein synthesis in the pre-workout people was about 70% greater than the post-workout people. So the results seem to favor pre-workout ingestion of proteins. Your example cited taking slow-acting proteins a couple of hours beforehand, but research seems to show that taking a fast-acting protein immediately beforehand might even work better.

BB:

T: Very intriguing stuff, Brian. So, to synopsize once again:

About 25 grams of fast-acting proteins (short chain aminos) with some carbs.

50 grams of protein (few or no grams of carbs, few or no grams of fat).

About 100 grams of protein (again, few or no grams of carbs, few or no grams of fat).

About 25 grams of slow acting proteins (long chain aminos), like a combination of casein and whey, along with carbs and/or fat.

Another 25 grams of protein, again using fast-acting proteins.

Another 25 grams of protein with carbs and/or fat.

BB:

T: Okay! We'll be experimenting with it. Thanks, Brian!


We're not entirely ready to give an unabashed "thumbs up" to this type of diet plan, but admittedly, it sounds intriguing. No doubt there will be plenty of questions about the protein-pulse method, so send them in and we'll be sure to do a follow-up interview with Brian.

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