In the body, protein is used to build and maintain muscle tissue. In order to be healthy, it is important to eat a balanced diet including enough protein. The recommended daily allowance for protein intake depends on factors such as age, sex, weight, and activity level.
When starting a new exercise program or increasing the intensity of one’s workout regimen, an increased amount of protein will be needed in order to sustain muscle strength.
Protein intake is essential for the human body. Protein provides amino acids which are necessary for cellular repair and growth.
The traditional American diet is typically high in calorie intake with an over-reliance on carbohydrates (such as rice, potatoes, and pasta) and sugars. It's difficult to find healthy sources of protein in the typical diet. The lack of protein can lead to increased body fat, slowed metabolism, immune system dysfunction, and decreased muscle mass.
The benefits of protein intake are vast, including the improvement of muscle mass, better concentration during workouts, improved cardiovascular function, improved cognitive function, improved bone health, improved satiety, and weight loss.
It is recommended that most people consume a minimum of 0.8g per kg (0.36g per pound) of bodyweight for optimal health.
The above protein intake calculator is based on 0.9g per kg (0.41g per pound) of bodyweight.