Daily protein requirements for body mass?

Answered on December 04, 2014
Created December 03, 2014 at 4:12 PM

What are daily protein requirements for an average person, not bodybuilder?

In gram per Lb or Kg of body mass, minimum and average for long term heath maintenance.

I saw requirement of 1g of protein per 1 Lb of body mass, for thin person it's 160 g/day, for overweight 200g/day. Counting rougly 20g of protein in 100g of meat (1/5), to get 200g of protein a person should eat 200x5=1000g of meat a day!

 "There are no hard rules" is not actually the information I'm looking for :) .

I'm currently on Autoimmune Paleo diet.

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on December 03, 2014
at 04:28 PM

It will not be much I would guess.  I get about ~120g a day and I lift weights and run.  I weigh ~175 currently and have decent muscle.  I like getting away with less protein if possible because it's expensive.

Vegans say you need less protein, like 55g/day.



on December 04, 2014
at 11:50 AM

Use 0.6-0.8g/lbs instead.

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on December 04, 2014
at 05:28 AM

There are no hard and fast rules. Macronutrient ratios are a zone not a precise number. 25% protein is as good a number as any, which is 500 calories a day on a 2000 calorie feed, which is 125 grams. But you'd be good at 20% or 30% too, which gives you a window of 100-150 grams.

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