How Much Protein Should You Eat Daily ? This question has come up a lot of times in my previous posts where we discussed Protein.
The ideal protein intake depends on a lot of factors like age, gender and activity level to name a few. The standard measure used by nutritionists to calculate the minimum daily protein requirement is –
Weight in kilograms * .8 OR Weight in pounds *.37
People who workout regularly and indulge in weight training need extra protein. Ideally, the protein requirement for such people goes up to 1.2-1.7 grams of protein for each kg weight. For professional athletes, this figure goes upto 2gms of protein for each kg of body weight.
For people on low carb diet, it is recommended that 10-35% daily calories come from protein. Increased protein is known to increase lean mass , promote weight loss and treat obesity.
When you are ageing, your protein intake should increase. You may argue that since elderly folks don’t workout in gym like we do and hence no need of more protein. My take is that increasing protein will improve their stamina and will keep up their will to live longer. Ideally, elderly people need 1-1.4 gms protein per kg of body weight.
Now, if you are wondering about the protein that our body stocks, let me clarify that we need external dose of protein since our body has little capacity to store protein unlike fat. If we stop eating protein, our body would start burning muscle.
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