How Much Protein Should You Be Eating?

FlexPro Meals Blog- How Much Protein do you Need?

Find out how to calculate the right amount of protein for you!

Figuring out how much protein you should be eating can be super confusing for a lot of people with all of the conflicting information out there. So what's the right amount for you? 

The answer is-- it depends! Huge factors that figure into how much protein you should be consuming is your lifestyle and fitness goals, so not everyone will be the same. For instance, a professional bodybuilder would definitely not be taking in the same amount of protein as the average Joe who lives a sedentary lifestyle. 

Here is a chart that shows the suggested daily intake of protein according to your fitness goals/lifestyle:
 

Goals/Lifestyle

Daily Protein Intake 

Muscle Building/Getting Toned

1-1.5g Protein/Pound of Current Body Weight

Weight Loss

1g Protein/Pound of Target Body Weight

Average Healthy Sedentary Person

.36g Protein/Pound of Current Body Weight


Examples:

  • A 180 lb guy looking to add some muscle would take in anywhere from 180-270 grams of protein per day.
  • A 200 lb woman wanting to lose 30 lbs should take in about 170 grams of protein/day.

 
How to fit all of your protein into your diet:

Once you've calculated what your daily protein intake should be, you might be thinking, "That's A LOT of protein! How am I going to get all of that in?"

Don't worry-- it's possible! The easiest way to fit all of your protein in is to divide it up into 5-6 meals per day. For instance, someone who needed 200 grams of protein a day might eat 6 meals a day with around 33 grams of protein/meal.  

Protein bars and proteins provide a great way to help you supplement protein into your diet without having to take the time to cook a piece of meat 5-6 times/day. Just be careful to keep an eye on their nutrition labels. Lots of shakes and bars boast that they are healthy, but harbor a crazy amount of added sugar that you probably don't need! 

What ways do you add the needed amount of protein to your diet? Let us know in the comments below!


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