bulking with dietary restrictions...

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  1. Mejnoon

    Mejnoon Active Member

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    My brother has a genetic metabolic disorder called phenylketonuria(pku). He cant metabolize phenylalanine, one of the amino acids in protein. He has to follow a very low protein diet (no meat, dairy, beans, nuts, etc) and then drink a specifically formulated supplement to replace what he doesn't get from food.

    Obviously he can't do whey protein or any other over the counter supplement. I told him to ask his Dr. if taking more of the prescription supplement would be ok, the only problem is its very expensive(his ins covers what he needs but any extra he'd have to pay for). I can't think of any other way for him to increase his protein intake...I was wondering if anyone here had any experience with something like this? Any ideas?

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    He could take lots of BCAA's.
     
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    That's some serious shit.
     
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    Talk it over with the doctor?

    Technically all he needs is more calories, period; I have no idea how protein requirements etc may change with phenylketonuria.
     
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    Formz Hipster Santa OT Supporter

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    Wow so THATS the warning labels I see on certain food products. I had no idea WTF they were there for.
     
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    Yeah anything with saccarine or aspartame...my mom taught us to look for that little swirly nutrasweet logo when we were kids (they didn't have warnings back then).
     
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    LancerV Something Happened OT Supporter

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    No you're thinking of the artifical sweetner which is based off phenylketonuria amino acid
     
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    Leucine has been shown to be the most important amino acids to build muscle and BCAAs (leucine, isoleucine, valine) could be the only thing he need along with a calorie surplus. He could up the fat intake though if he doesn't want to get too much carbs, maybe just add some shake during the day that contain BCAAs, olive or flax oil and some type or carbs.
    Thibaudeau and Berardi recommend using 5-10g of BCAA along wih 5 g of creatine 5 times a day.
     
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    Bro's height and weight? (out of curiosity)
     
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    5'8" and ~135

    He's usually about 10-15 heavier and pretty cut, but he lost some weight recently...he was stressed out and not eating well:(
     
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    Maybe try and get the doctor to authorise some more of the prescription supplement on insurance? If the doctor says he NEEDS it then they will probably pay for it?
     
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