Ask James: PAL & TDEE, Meal Planning, Protein Absorption in Jerky vs. Beef, Changing Compound Exercises in a Deficit, Mechanisms Behind the Middle Age Spread, and Best Methods for Abdominal Training 

Questions answered in this edition of Ask James:

  • What is the relationship between PAL and TDEE?
  • When meal planning, is it better to provide a few meal examples with a calorie/macro prescription, or an entire meal plan?
  • How does the absorption of protein from beef jerky compare to cooked beef?
  • Is it OK to change compound exercises when in an energy deficit?
  • Is there any truth to the "middle age spread", and what are the mechanisms behind it?
  • Is it better to train abs like any other muscle group, or train them with body weight/very high reps?

Click here to see my answers (MEMBERS ONLY).

Get the latest science on muscle gain and fat loss every month

Keeping up with the research is tough, so let us do the work for you. Consider signing up for Research Explained in Practical Summaries (REPS). We cover five studies per month and break everything down for you, so you don't need a PhD to interpret the data. Click here to learn more.

Get access to over seven years of past research reviews, video content, and Q&As on training and nutrition

Get access to the Weightology Archives of over 400 video and written research reviews, evidence-based guides, and Q&As. A total of 7.5 years of content! A huge variety of topics related to muscle building, fat loss, nutrition, and fitness are covered. Click here to obtain lifetime access.  
0 0 votes
Article Rating
Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Dane Knighton
Dane Knighton
7 years ago

Thanks for answering the question James. I thought I’d change to OHP because the spotters in my gym are dangerously bad 🙂

Would love your thoughts, please comment.x