How Much Protein Should You Consume?

Choose your lifestyle goal, enter your bodyweight and other info, and it tells you how much protein to take in each day!

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You can use this Protein Calculator to determine the optimum protein consumption to accomplish your goals!

Don't forget to check out our Amazing Protein Guide!

It's healthiest to divide your protein consumption into 5 or 6 meals evenly spaced throughout the day with the total amount being in the range given by the protein calculator. For more info, check out our whey and ionic whey pages.

A good way to efficiently raise your protein intake is by drinking protein shakes or eating protein bars. Check out our full listing of Protein Powders or Low Carb Proteins for great results. Protein Bars and Protein Powders are perfect for enhancing strength and energy at your convenience.

Here's the actual breakdown of recommended grams of protein per lb. of bodyweight for each training goal.

Lifestyle/Training Goal Daily Protein Needs Lifestyle/Training Goal Daily Protein Needs
Bodybuilding 1.0 - 1.6g/lb bodyweight Endurance 0.7 - 0.9g/lb bodyweight
Power & Speed 0.9 - 1.1g/lb bodyweight Trauma Recovery 0.9 - 1.4g/lb bodyweight
Dieting 0.35 - 1.0g/lb bodyweight Stressed 0.45 - 0.7g/lb bodyweight
References
  1. Lemon PWR.:Protein and Amino Acid Requirements of the Strength Athlete.;Int J Sport Nutr , 1991;1;127-145
  2. Tarnoplosky et al: Evaluation of Protein Metabolism Requirements for Trained Strength Atheletes.; J Appl Physiol , 1992:73(5):1986-1995
  3. Teasley-Strausberg KM.: (Ed.) Nutritional Support Handbook; Cincinnati: Harvey Whitney Books, 1992

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The units here are wrong. It should be grams of protein per KILOGRAM of bodyweight. Source: I read the sources listed above...

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