A fairly simple question: how much protein do you need on a daily basis?
Well, it seems everyone has an opinion on health these days, so if you ask 5 different people, chances are you’ll get 5 different answers.
To get a better grasp on protein, let’s follow up that first question with another one: What exactly are your health goals? If you’re a young athlete, you might want to maintain enough energy to get through a soccer game. If you’re 70-something grandmother, your “fitness” goal might simply be a brisk walk around the block 3 times a week. And if you’re into weightlifting, you’re probably interested in putting muscle on your frame.
So you first have to figure out what exactly you need from your diet – and that also includes carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and much more.
But let’s focus on protein for this blog. Generally speaking, the approximate requirement for a person without serious health issues is around 0.36 grams of protein per pound of body weight (based on the Dietary Reference Intake). So, for a 125-pound woman, she should be eating about 45 grams per day.
However, other sources suggest a higher intake could offer even more benefits.
In a much-discussed podcast a few years ago, intermittent fasting expert Brad Pilon talked with Abel James about the ideal daily protein intake for a person looking to achieve good health. Pilon’s take: for fit & active people, anywhere from 70-120 grams per day is a great target. Pilon also said that for extremely active people (competitive athletes, bodybuilders, etc.), 150 grams per day is completely acceptable. And, in developed countries with reliable food supply, those requirements aren’t hard to achieve at all.
So, once you’ve determined your health profile – where you’re at, and where you’d like to go – anywhere up to 150 grams per day is a good guideline to use.
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