How Much Protein Do You Really Need?

Reading on forums like bodybuilding.com, you’ll find a huge range of numbers.  I’ve seen some recommendations as high as 200 grams per day.  How much does a Sand & Steel Athlete really need?

For a 150-lbs. power athlete, that is 82 to 116g, or 82 to 95g for an endurance athlete with the same weight.

The range for power athletes is 1.2 to 1.7 g/kg of high-quality protein per day, and for endurance athletes the recommended range is 1.2 to 1.4 g/kg high quality protein per day.  1

For most people, that’s a lot less than one would expect.  Leave it a company like Muscletech to be honest about how much protein you really need.  Check out their article here.  https://www.muscletech.com/nutrition/how-much-protein/

  1. Webb, Densie. “Athletes and Protein Intake.” Today’s Dietitian. 1 June 2014: 22.

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