How to Determine Your
Daily Protein Requirement

Your daily protein requirement is based on three main factors: your body mass, physical activity levels, and whether or not you perform any form of resistance exercise.

Your daily protein requirement increases with increased body mass, greater amounts of exercise and the incorporation of a resistance exercise program into your lifestyle.

To achieve maximum weight loss a portion of protein should be consumed in every meal of the day if possible. Unfortunately though, many people's protein requirements are simply not met because they only have a portion of protein in one or two meals during the day!

Daily Protein Requirement

If a portion of protein is not consumed in every meal throughout the day then amino acids are not constantly supplied to the body and, as a result, the body cannot build or maintain the lean tissues of the body (including muscle) as effectively as it could. This means you are likely to lose some muscle tissue, which then slows your metabolism down.

The following table gives you a guide to how much protein you should consume each day depending on your lifestyle and exercise habits.

How to Determine Your Daily Protein Requirement

As you can see from this table, when exercise or work intensity increases or the amount of exercise or work increases, so does the body's protein requirements. This is simply because your body tissues need extra amino acids for the re-building process.

According to this table, if you weigh 75 kilograms (165 pounds) then you need between 75 and 150 grams of protein per day depending on your lifestyle and exercise habits.

It is always best to consume protein from a range of different sources as well. Different protein sources provide your body with different amino acid profiles and the variety provides a more balanced amino acid profile.

If you would like a list of high protein foods, click on the link below:

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