How much protein should you have per day? Do you know?
Here's an even better question what is protein?
We consistently hear about it and that it's essential for our health but don't know why. Let's start by looking into what protein is.
Protein is a macronutrient that is essential to building muscle mass. Each gram of protein contains four calories. Our bodies make up 15 percent of our body weight. Amino acids are what protein is composed of which also includes carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, and sulfur. These are all organic compounds and play a significant role.
Protein is one of the three primary macronutrients that are crucial for our survival. As I mentioned earlier, it is the building block for muscle, and it's necessary for muscle growth. Typically carbs are our bodies primary source of fuel for energy, but when carb and fat levels are low protein becomes the ultimate source for fuel for the body. It's essential to know that protein's jobs are not to fuel the body, but in times of need can do so.
Now that we have an understanding of what protein is and it's job, we can look into how much protein we need per day? Also, what foods can give us the right amount of grams daily?
What about if you are an athlete? How much protein should someone has if they do exercise? The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the American College of Sports Medicine recommends 1.2 to 2.0 grams of protein per body weight daily. The type of training athletes take part in can make the amount increase but should be consumed throughout the day and not all in one meal.
Whether you exercise or not, you must get an adequate amount of protein daily. The human body makes protein, but we cannot utilize it, so we need to consume it from food. Protein has endless benefits and should never be neglected for any reason. We need it to repair our muscles after a workout. If you want to become significantly stronger or slightly stronger, you must have a-amino acids space throughout the day at every meal. Too much protein can cause stomach pains and send you to the restroom, so be sure to watch and control the amount you have carefully. The best way to ensure that you have enough during the day is to have a design nutrition plan tailored to your needs and prepare the food ahead of time. Protein is more than a macronutrient, and once you embrace it into your diet, you'll get more than muscle growth and weight loss.
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Christopher Gilbert is a Personal Trainer based in New York City and is known for his effective nutrition and workout programs along with his intense training sessions.