Daily Protein Intake
How much protein intake you need per day is all down to your goals and the exercise you do. Are you building muscle? Are you into sport and need endurance? Do you want to loose weight? or do you want to increase your power and speed?
A lack of protein can lower all the functions of the body, but if you overload with protein it can put a strain on the body causing a high level of acidity. Our bodies then use calcium from our bones and teeth to stop the acids breaking down our body tissues. This is why you should use our calculator above to find out how much protein you need per day.
Why does our body need protein?
Apart from athletes and body builders who need more protein for performance, we all need protein as it is in every part of our bodies, organs, cells, eyes, muscle hair, skin, nails, blood and tissue, and we need to replace it on a regular basis.
The best way to consume enough protein.
The answer to this is definitely 3 - 5 times a day. Why? As with eating only once or twice a day, your body needs nutrition on a constant basis. It is healthier to eat three times a day and this in turn will increase your metabolism.
You will have nutrients from protein to keep you going all day and you won't feel lethargic or tired. If you eat only once a day, you body goes into starvation mode and will store calories from the food you have eaten because it thinks no more food is arriving and so goes into survival zone.
Can too much protein in your diet be bad for you?
Overloading with protein daily is not harmful, but if it isn't used the excess calories will be stored by your body as fat.
Also protein won't make muscles grow unfortunately, only exercise will do that! Protein is needed also for muscle growth, tissue repair, and fatigue after exercise. This is why athletes do need more due to the extra stress on their bodies.
Use our protein intake calculator below to find out our recommended daily protein intake for your size, weight and goal:
Apologies: the daily protein intake calculator is currently not compatible with the iPhone or devices that don't support flash. If you are seeing a blank space this is the reason. We are currently working on an updated calculator to support all devices.