How much protein do I need a day?



Can you please tell me how much protein should be taken on workout days and how much on rest days.

I heard that your body can only ingest so much a day, when the rest is a waste.

Jeff Jones


How Much Protein Do I Need Every Day?

The secret to figuring out how much protein you need is not by just taking
some number you found like 30g and apply it to yourself. If everybody had
the same needs we would all be the same. And we both know that just isn’t
true. Each person is slightly different.

Let me explain. We’ve all heard that a person can only digest 25-30g of
protein in one sitting. B.S.!

Just think about it. Does an IFBB professional bodybuilder intake the same
amount of protein as the guy who’s 135 lbs just starting out? Even if there
is a 200 lb weight difference?

The answer might shock you. NO

Needless to say, so many people just take some number, multiply that by
their body weight and that’s what they think they need a day. Tell me, if a
person is 35% body fat, should they use their weight or their lean weight to
figure out how much protein they need?

Simple. Lean weight. Your daily protein requirements are based on your
lean body weight
. And how do you figure out your lean body weight?

The Cheap and Easy Way to Measure Your Body Fat
Use the skin fold caliper home test.

Step 1:

Take your body weight in pounds
Example: 194 lbs

Step 2:

Find your body fat % using one of the methods in Question #2
Example: 15.7% (which is .157 for the step below)

Step 3:

Take your body weight in pounds and subtract the % body fat
Example: 194 lbs  (194 x .157 = 30.45 lbs of fat) = 163.54 lbs of lean body weight

Step 4:

Take your lean body weight and multiply by 1.14
Example: 163.54 lbs x 1.14 = 186.4g of protein a day

Step 5:

Divide your daily protein requirements by 5-6 meals and that is what your
protein target is for each meal.
Example: 186.4/6 meals = 31.07g of protein per meal

As you will see, a person who is 286 lbs of lean body weight will require a
lot more protein. And a person who is 286 lbs should not be consuming the
same amount of protein if their percentage of body fat is 35%.

But why use 1.14 for protein requirements?

The RDA recommends .75g of protein. But that’s been shown to be too low
for active athletes.

Some sites will recommend 2.0g of protein. But that seems a bit high and
your body will have trouble absorbing that not to mention you will probably
have a lot of excess calories which can lead to fat gains.

1.14-1.5 is the most efficient range for most active, healthy adults. This
range will help build muscle but not lead you into a high protein diet. Feel
free to adjust within that range if you feel you need more protein.

Marc David

“The NoBull Muscle Guy”

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3 Responses to "How much protein do I need a day?"

  1. k:
    January 05, 2009 01:17 pm

    didnt work!

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