How Much Protein Does Your Body Need?
If you’re on training hard, hitting the gym five, six or even seven days a week, and the protein intake is missing, you’ll only leave your muscles with a deficit of building blocks they need to recover from the damage after each workout.
Though the actual amount of protein intake is still under debate, but it highly depends on your body’s specific needs.
On average, 0.7g of protein per 453g (1lb) of bodyweight a day is recommended. So, just to give you an example, if you weigh 170 lbs, your daily intake would be 119g of protein, provided that you’re hitting the gym as well.
This is also equivalent to:
- Two pieces of 60g chicken breast
- Three 18g egg
- Steak (60z) = 40g
Eating and buying all these three ingredients daily is a big deal for your stomach and of course to your bank balance as well. This is where the protein shakes can save you a lot of time and money and you don’t necessarily have to buy every day. Most of the whey proteins available online are priced between $50-$100 and lasts for 2-3 months.
You have to understand that whey protein is basically just a food supplement and you shouldn’t expect overnight results.
However, I would definitely say that it’s the best and obvious item of your gym routine, health, and fitness and you shouldn’t be training without protein intake.
Though you can replace protein powders with whole foods and have no negative effects but they are really helpful for your body and muscles.
Once again, not a magic pill, but definitely a slow, steady wins the race ingredient that you should be consuming for long-term benefits.