Healthy sources of protein supply the amino acids that help to preserve and build muscle, and heal musculoskeletal tissues.  It helps to maintain your muscles, and amino acids are a building block for many important cell reactions.  Everyone needs at least .8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight (weight in pounds divided by 2.2).  For example: a person who weighs 150 lbs needs 54 grams of protein per day.

Protein needs:

  • for sedentary individuals:  .8 gms/Kg
  • moderate to vigorous aerobic training: 1.2 gms/Kg of lean body weight
  • weight lifting to make body shaping or hypertrophy gains: 1.4-1.6 gms/Kg
  • healing from surgery: 1-1.2gms/kg
  • healing a tendon or ligament from injury: 1.2 gms/Kg of lean weight

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s