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Calculate Your Recomended Protein Intake!

In relation to bodybuilding, protein is viewed as a key nutrient in the development of strength and size. Find out how much protein you should be consuming with this handy calculator!

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Calculate Your Recomended Protein Intake!

In relation to bodybuilding, protein is viewed as a key nutrient in the development of strength and size. Anecdotally most bodybuilders would say that the more protein the better, on the other hand most sports dieticians take the opposite view in that protein is abundant in the average diet and if energy requirements are meet there's a good chance that protein requirements will also.

Protein Is Viewed As A Key Nutrient In The Development Of Strength And Size.
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Protein Is Viewed As A Key Nutrient
In The Development Of Strength And Size.

Protein is essential for life. It provides the building blocks for tissue, hormones, enzymes and accounts for 15% of the body. The building blocks it provides are amino acids and different proteins provide different amino acids and ratios of amino acids.

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naturalhench

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The protein intake that the calculator is spitting out is quite high. Shouldn't it be around 1gram of protein per pound of lean body weight?

The calculator just mentions "body weight" as a whole.

Feb 15, 2012 3:53pm | report
 
deloachrd

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deloachrd

i know the crap is high.

Apr 16, 2012 7:39pm | report
Artisticflare

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Artisticflare

i also thought this i have half of that in a day maybe a little more, around 140 grams a day! is this 2 low??

Mar 13, 2012 10:41am | report
 
DarrylKensley

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DarrylKensley

Ive done the math and it gives you your result based on 1.5g of protein per pound you weigh. Im getting about 148g on a cut in 5 meals a day yet it says that I need 231g! Which is correct but hell, Id struggle making that whether I was cutting or not!

Be sure to subtract you body fat and put your lean body mass weight into the calculator.

Mar 19, 2012 2:22pm | report
 
skyy38

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231 sounded high to me too, until I looked up the protein value for a 6 oz portion of B/S Chicken Breast.
It's 48 grams so at 5 meals a day, eating nothing but chicken for a protein source, you'd get 240 grams of protein-easy!
Sometimes the numbers look more impressive than they really are....

Nov 20, 2014 3:28pm | report
pchirico3

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pchirico3

You should be getting 1 to 1.5 per kilogram per day, but the machine is bastardized to giving that for pounds.

Apr 10, 2012 12:18am | report
 
musician4God

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musician4God

i've heard from body building friends and from my dad who use to be built like a strongman, to take 2g:1lbs on days you work out and you can cut that in half on off days, but then again it seems that everyone has a different opinion on this and it looks like it's working

Apr 23, 2012 8:42pm | report
 
jtmcduffie

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jtmcduffie

From an old fitness text book:

.2g/lb body mass for non-athletes (couch potatoe -soccer moms)
.5-.75g/lb body mass for atheletes (basket ball or track)
1-1.5g/lb body mass for amateur body builders which can also be broken down to .75-1g/lb on off days and 1-1.5g/lb on workout days and recovery days directly following a workout day. (Football Players/Body Builders)
1.5-2.5/lb body mass for professional body builders - these are the guys that workout 5-6 days a week and hit the gym twice a day. (Jay Cutler)

The numbers seem high because they are, if you want to build muscle you need the fuel to do it. Otherwise you can get ripped and good looking but you won't necessarily get the size and definition that you want.

May 15, 2012 2:51pm | report
 
efelton59

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efelton59

no it is correct the higher the protein the more mass you gain. You want huge mass and leaness. But, don't over do it I don't go higher then 300 grams a day.

Jun 21, 2012 2:47pm | report
 
mrwright1094

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mrwright1094

I really need help figuring out how many calories I should be eating a day. I am 174lbs and I am trying to get down to 162. I have started the Bizzy Diet but I added a few more meals. I have been eatin about 1700 Calories a day for the last 3 days. (High protein low carbs) Last night during my workout I puked. Could that be from the lack of calories?

Aug 7, 2012 8:19pm | report
 
Chemdog1ID

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Chemdog1ID

uh.. i know im almost a year late hah but if you're still looking check out body transformations: back to the basics

Mar 5, 2013 8:52pm | report
networx2002

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networx2002

I said the same thing

Aug 8, 2012 7:05pm | report
 
Bryan1992

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Bryan1992

I should get 300g of protein, ****, i can only get like half of the amount from protein shakes, hmmm, probably 20 more eggs and more chicken breasts? that should do the trick

Nov 29, 2012 10:05am | report
 
Chemdog1ID

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Mar 5, 2013 8:54pm | report
skyy38

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A 6 oz B/S Chicken breast is 48 grams of protein.

Over 6 meals that's 288 grams!

Nov 20, 2014 3:37pm | report
NO1DESCIPLE

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NO1DESCIPLE

Chewing on a buffalo biscuit can be a beneficial source of protein

Jan 18, 2013 5:59pm | report
 
Wariorr

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Wariorr

307 grams a day? Thats seems kinda high

Feb 18, 2013 11:09pm | report
 
Chumley1050

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Chumley1050

I need some help, at 220 pounds in weight I have to consume 330 grams of protein.
Can anyone advise me what this equates in real money i.e
Daily Meal plans / shakes etc
Plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Apr 8, 2013 11:45am | report
 
skyy38

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A 6 oz B/S Chicken Breast has 48 grams of protein.

96 grams of protein in a 12 oz New York Steak.

Dymatize Super Mass Gainer- 1 serving is 52 grams of protein.

The rest is just fruits and veggies!

Not so hard to figure out

Nov 20, 2014 3:59pm | report
Mattnoland

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Mattnoland

Last study I read was based on body types. For Example ectomorphs require the most protein consumption because of their metabolism; and they are supposed to take in around 1.8 grams per every KILOGRAM they weigh...that is, if they are on an intense sports training regimen

Jul 23, 2013 4:52pm | report
 
skyy38

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skyy38

Is that figure lean mass ONLY, or the weight of the person overall?

Wanna hear something amusing from the 1980's-besides DEVO?

There was an enlisted man in the Air Force who consistently did everything right, as far as his duties were concerned. ALL of his fellow EM's had nothing but praise for the lad.

But when it came to his CO, he consistently pointed out that this young man was 10 pounds above the required weight, as dictated by the Air Force, for his height.

I can't remember what those specs were-I DO remember that I read about this in the local paper AND there was a picture included of the young man.

This young man looked like an effin GREEK GOD!
He was close to *perfect*, yet his CO, who was probably pregnant with a 30 pound cinnamon roll around his middle, took HIM to task about "10 pounds!"

This was in 1981. My how times have *changed*....

Nov 22, 2014 8:37pm | report
alpha2532

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alpha2532

i have to take in 195 grams

Oct 5, 2013 1:18pm | report
 
NaturalLeo24

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NaturalLeo24

I'm trying to add a little size but be fuller

Mar 27, 2014 7:01am | report
 
skyy38

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skyy38

Leo, you are FULLER than Dolly Parton already, in the *chest department*

Don't you want to RIP UP a little, like Stallone in ROCKY 3?

Try Boneless/Skinless Chicken Breasts with a half cabbage , 5 X daily!

You HAVE the foundation, my man, now REFINE IT!!

You can DO IT!

Nov 20, 2014 9:56pm | report
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