Originally Posted by teartheskyout
A lot of people seem to think you need more protein than you really do.
That's a very good point, actually. I was one of those people who thought they had to go crazy with the protein at one point, but after talking to both my doctor and a friend of mine who's studying to be a personal trainer, I learned differently. Generally, here are the numbers to look for:
Protein consumption for the average person: 0.8 grams per kilogram of body weight
Protein consumption for avid exercisers: 1.5 grams per kilogram of body weight
Protein consumption for athletes looking to gain muscle: 1.8 grams per kilogram of body weight
You can find these numbers referenced by a number of nutritionists and body builders. If you'd like a few sources, though, here are a couple of links to support this:
Weight Training - Quick Tip
How Much Protein Per Day Should You Eat?
Daily Protein Requirements and Protein Intake