Will Eating More Protein Help Your Body Gain Muscle Faster?.
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How Much Protein Do I Need? continued...
Ideally, you should consume 0.36 grams of protein for every pound of body
weight, according to recommended daily allowances (RDA) set by the Food and
Nutrition Board. So if you weigh 170 pounds, you need about 61 grams of protein
Protein should also make up approximately 15% of your total daily caloric
intake, also according to the RDA. In a diet of 1,800 calories a day, for
example, about 270 of those calories should come from protein.
Although limiting protein intake is important, you should also realize that
protein is essential to our bodies' normal functions. It assists in
synthesizing enzymes and hormones, maintaining fluid balance, and regulating
such vital functions as building antibodies against infection, blood clotting,
and scar formation.
Protein is also a building block for our muscles, bones, cartilage, skin,
hair, and blood. Protein-rich foods include meat, cheese, milk, fish, and eggs.
For vegetarians, protein can be found in soy products such as tofu as well as
in combinations of foods, such as rice or corn with beans.
Whether you are an avid strength trainer, a marathon runner, or just an
average exerciser, a balanced diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole
grains, lean meats, fish, and complex carbohydrates is what nutritionists