Protein is essential to good health. The very origin of the word — from the Greek protos, meaning “first” — reflects protein’s top-shelf status in human nutrition.
According to Harvard Health Blog
Giving your body what it needs is crucial for the survival of the Fittest and Happiest.
Remember: Your own personal needs may vary based on multiple factors including your age, sex, activity level, and weight loss goals.
The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA- which is the amount of a nutrient you need to meet your basic nutritional requirements) for protein is a 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. This is the minimum amount you need to keep from getting sick and for optimal health. That is 0.37 gram per pound of body weight.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) suggests 15 to 20 percent of your calories should come from protein.
If you exercise heavily, you must be wary that you will definitely need more protein than an average sedentary person, so as to almost double your protein amount.
Here is a chart for you to base on:
|Weight in lbs.||Minimum Protein||Athletes Minimum|
|100||37 grams||74 grams|
|110||40 grams||80 grams|
|120||44 grams||88 grams|
|130||47 grams||94 grams|
|140||51 grams||102 grams|
|150||55 grams||110 grams|
|160||58 grams||116 grams|
|170||62 grams||124 grams|
|180||65 grams||130 grams|
|190||69 grams||138 grams|
|200||72 grams||144 grams|
|210||76 grams||152 grams|
|220||80 grams||160 grams|
|230||84 grams||168 grams|
|240||87 grams||174 grams|
|250||91 grams||182 grams|
|260||95 grams||190 grams|
|270||98 grams||196 grams|
|280||102 grams||204 grams|
|290||105 grams||210 grams|
|300||109 grams||218 grams|
Where are the Best Sources to get your Protein?
Protein comes from both plants and animals. The best protein source is one without extra fat, sugar or sodium.
Lean meats, poultry, fish, seafood, eggs, plants based, and dairy products are all excellent sources of protein.
Choosing lower-fat cuts of meat or removing the skin from chicken and turkey is a good way to cut extra calories you may not want or need.
Cold water fish such as salmon, tuna and herring make good protein choices with their richness in omega-3 fatty acids.
Legumes, nuts and seeds are also good sources of protein, not to forget that even vegetables and grains have small amounts of protein which we may neglect.
What is in a Serving?
Here is where many protein eaters go wrong. One serving of protein is equal to one egg, 3 to 5 ounces of meat, poultry or fish, 1.5 ounces of cheese or about 12 walnuts. So a serving of meat, poultry or fish is about the size of the palm of your hand, and a serving of cheese is the same size as two dice (regular 6-sided dice, not 12- or 20-sided extra-large Dungeons and Dragons dice).
According to Shereen Lehman, MS
Go about your day today and bare in mind this piece of information that can change how you feel about yourself and how much satisfaction your body can reach. Protein is an essential part of your day and should be taken seriously. Athletes especially should really focus on upping the daily serving, as you may notice a change in performance, energy, essence of life.
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