What is the recommended protein intake?


The recommended protein intake can vary depending on your goals and type of training. General guidelines suggest:

  • A starting point of about 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight for those doing regular training 1.
  • The importance of getting sufficient total protein, wherein timing, type, and quality become less critical as long as the total intake is high 1.
  • Consuming a meal containing 700 to 3000 milligrams of the essential amino acid leucine with each meal supports muscle growth and repair 2.
  • For muscle maintenance and hypertrophy, consuming protein early in the day is beneficial, preferably before 10 AM 3.

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Furthermore, post-exercise nutrition for those focusing on strength may involve a one-to-one protein to carbohydrate ratio, while more intensive conditioning might require a three to one or four to one ratio of carbohydrates to protein 4.

Keep in mind that individual needs can vary, so these are general recommendations and it may be helpful to adjust based on your personal goals, performance, and recovery.


How to calculate my protein intake?

To calculate your daily protein intake, follow these general steps:

  1. Determine your weight in pounds (if you know it in kilograms, multiply by 2.205 to convert to pounds).
  2. Decide on the appropriate protein intake per pound of body weight based on your activity level, typically ranging from 0.5 grams for sedentary individuals to 1 gram per pound for active individuals or athletes.
  3. Multiply your body weight by the chosen protein intake factor.

For example, if you weigh 150 pounds and are active, you might aim for 1 gram of protein per pound. Thus, your daily protein goal would be 150 grams.

It's important to note that these calculations are general suggestions, and individual requirements can vary based on factors such as age, sex, health status, and specific fitness goals. Consult with a nutritionist or healthcare professional for personalized advice.


List foods that are high in protein.


High-protein foods discussed in the include:

  • Animal Sources:

    • White meat turkey
    • Tuna
    • Milk (particularly whole milk)
    • Cheese (like cheddar)
    • Eggs
    • Venison (especially noted for high protein density per calorie) 1 2
  • Plant Sources:

    • Oats
    • Certain nuts and seeds
    • Certain breads
    • Banana and apples (although they are not as rich in tryptophan as animal products) 3

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  • Vegan Protein Options:

    • Soy (a complete protein source)
    • Potato protein isolate (has an essential amino acid content similar to whey)
    • Vegetarian and vegan forms of whey protein 4

The availability of these protein sources can help individuals increase their protein intake, whether they follow an omnivorous, vegetarian, or vegan diet. For vegan and vegetarian diets, especially, it's highlighted that isolated proteins can be more bioavailable and that some plant-based proteins have been able to stimulate muscle protein synthesis effectively 5.