What is the recommended protein intake?


The recommended protein intake varies depending on individual goals and activities, but some general guidelines provided in the include:

  • Approximately 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight is a good starting point, which translates to about 2.2 grams per kilogram of body weight 1.
  • For individuals focused on muscle growth and hypertrophy, ensuring an adequate intake of the essential amino acid leucine is important, with recommendations ranging between 700 to 3000 milligrams of leucine per meal 2.
  • Ingesting protein early in the day can enhance muscle protein synthesis due to the expression of specific clock genes, like BMAL, which regulate protein synthesis in muscle cells 3 4.

    Protein Intake

    Andy and Andy discuss the importance of protein intake and how it varies based on body weight. They emphasize the need to maintain a high protein intake and discuss how timing is less important for protein, but crucial for carbohydrates.

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  • It's also mentioned that if you're recovering from an injury or are particularly sore and concerned about excess calories, you might want to increase your calorie intake by about 10% and ensure a protein intake of at least 1 gram per pound of body weight to aid in recovery 5.
  • Regarding nutrient ratios for different workout types, a one-to-one ratio of protein to carbohydrate is suggested for strength training, a one-to-three ratio of carbs to protein is suggested for hypertrophy training, and a higher carbohydrate to protein ratio for more intensive conditioning workouts 6.
  • It's also highlighted that getting enough total protein and having two to three meals with high-quality protein can be crucial when considering lean body mass while timing such as in intermittent fasting practices 7.

Keep in mind these are general recommendations, and individual needs may vary. It's advisable to consult with a healthcare professional or a nutritionist for personalized dietary advice.