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How much protein should you be eating?

We all know that protein is an essential nutrient that our bodies need daily. Protein is the building block for muscle growth and many other processes in our body. Everybody knows some of the main sources that provide protein but how much should we be consuming? The CDC recommends that a person exercising for less than 30 minutes a day should aim for around 46 grams for women and 56 grams for men. On the other hand, a person that works out at high intensity should adjust their intake to around .55-.70 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight. This means that a 140-pound woman that works out a lot should have between 75-100 grams of protein per day.

When looking at your sources of protein is it nice to know how much protein is in a certain amount just by looking at it. Being able to estimate protein will help make sure your getting enough each day. Listed below is the amount of each food you would have to eat to get 25 grams of protein.

  • 3 oz. chicken breast

  • 4.4 oz. salmon

  • 2 cups plain yogurt

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt

  • 3 cups milk

  • 4 eggs

  • 7 tsp peanut butter

  • 100 almonds

  • 4 mozzarella cheese sticks

Hopefully this short guide will let you better estimate the protein in your diet. Getting adequate protein is important for every person with any health goals. Protein is essential for weight training but also for dieting, as it will keep you full for longer!