Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Q. & A. Protein Requirements

Q. & A. Protein Requirements
Q. I am lifting weights 2-3 times per week. Do I need to eat more protein and supplement with protein shakes?
A. The Recommended Daily Allowance for adults is .8-1.2 grams per kilogram of body weight (.8 g/kg). The lower end is for sedentary individuals, with the higher end catering to active individuals. Football players need 1.4-1.7 g/kg and recreational endurance athletes need .8-1.0 g/kg to give you an idea.
To calculate:
- (Your weight in pounds)/(2.2)= Your weight in kilograms.
- Take your weight in kilograms and multiply by your activity level.
For example: 250 lb. football player weighs about 114 kilograms.
114 kg x 1.4 = 160 grams of protein/day! This is a football player working out 4-5 times per week at a high intensity level.
Whatever is consumed and not used for energy through everyday living and activity is stored as FAT. Our bodies can only absorb 30-35 grams of protein at any given time. More is not necessarily better. Consider saving your money from buying supplements and eat a healthy, balanced diet and you will consume the appropriate amount of protein.

Sidenote:
How can you tell a lot about a persons lifestyle? Look in and on top of their fridge at work.
Gym shoes, bulk granola, bulk yogurt, chia seeds, measuring cup, and some splenda.
Enough said. What does YOURS look like?
Happy Healthy Living, Friends! -C

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