Good question... I dunno what is the answer to that question. I'll do some Googling and get back to you if I bump into an answer. You should email the people at Nutrisystem as they probably can help you..
Please watch the "protein drinks/supplements"..
I've been working in dialysis since about 1993 and we've pretty much always had 1 or 2 young guys who fried their kidneys with really excessive protein..
I'd advise, seriously, that you speak with a doctor before doing ANY.
If you're otherwise healthy and just going to drink one protein shake or something perhaps that's not so bad. Just be advised that for people with even a little renal (kidney) insufficiency that very high protein intake is a really bad idea..
Most people do NOT know if they have some renal insufficiencya doctor can tell with very simple testing..
NS is fairly high in protein. Adding protein if you're working out extensively is probably okay for most people. Adding a LOT of protein for the wrong person can be catastrophic!.
Careful (everyone) with serious protein loading. It's really not for everyone..
Thanks, for the heads up. I am planning on taking maybe one protein shake a day and only on days that I lift heavy. are there any drinks that I can take in after a long run that will help replenish the nutrients I lose when I sweat them all out?..
Advocare does a product called Rehydrate. I use their Spark Energy drink, which I like a lot. I have not tried this but friends of mine love it..
Not sure about calorie count for it, but Spark is at about 45 calories for a scoop, and has some good vitamin support. I really only use it when I work out, so I figure the 45 calories isn't too bad..
Otherwise, for energy drinks, I usually use 5 hour energy, 5 calories, free food, lots of B supplements..
You can still do the Gatorade Zero calorie drinks and such as well...
Gatorade is marketing junk. Have water. If your workouts are intense have a snack before or after. You can augment the Nutrisystem diet with some protein before/after lifts but I advise against more sugar-filled marketing crap (go lean, go natural). You're a big guy and the extra calories in some added protein won't hurt you at all..
Kinda unasked for, but I bet you find going smaller than 240 is in your intersets also. Saw guys leaving lineplay and going into the military and they dropped a lot of fat, that they had needed when playing line, but that hindered them from doing pullups and the like. (I think it looked better, too.).
Anyhoo...good luck man. You are taking care of your body!..
Best advice I can give is: Listen to Poly...
I agree with Poly - I was a 265 lb gym-rat and wanted to get down to 230. ended up still being fat at 230 (6'4") so I lowered my goal to 220 (been hovering at 216-219 now for the past few months). Kept all of the muscle and never looked better in my life - and I'm 42..
Youl'll see - It just depends on how ripped you want to be. Trust me on this one: If you were lifting to play the line, you've got a ton of muscle under that layer of fat. Just keep your protein up so you don't lose it. I recommend eating a couple of 7oz. cans of tuna/day and lay off the protein and electrolite drinks. Loaded with calories and expensive..
Good luck and welcome to The Board...
Depending on what you're doing and where, water is.
According to Dr. Robert Dimeff, director of primary sports-care medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center of Dallas: The general rule is 3 to 8 ounces every 10 to 15 minutes while you exercise, he says. "The drink absolutely needs to include some sodium. Sodium helps replace electrolytes and allows the body to absorb more fluid.".
He suggests a drink recommended by the World Health Organization: 4 cups water, 1/2 cup orange juice, 1 tsp salt, 8 tsps sugar (but be advised, it tastes like crap). There's also PowerAde Zero, Zipfizz, G2, etc...
Like the others said, I would stay away from the Gatorade. My husband and I always used the protein powder mix - look for one low in carbs, higher in protein. Mix with water or skim milk that you would use as one of your protein/dairy servings. I even put it in a homemade "smoothie" using greek yogurt, fruit and the protein powder..
My dh was at a plateau at 195lbs for a while...He was told by his trainer that he needed more protein. As soon as he started adding in the protein, he dropped easily to the 180's. I have been told that at least 1/2 your body weight should be your grams of protein in a day..
Good luck! Hope you don't mind a ladies view in the Men's room!..