How Much Protein Do You Really Need to Build Muscle?

How Much Protein Do I need Per Day to build muscle

The importance of protein needs no introduction. Whether your goal is to build muscle, lose fat, or simply to live a healthier life, adequate protein consumption is imperative.

This will be a brief post for those looking for a brief and simple answer. The intricacies of this question will be discussed in a later post.

Let’s look at a study conducted by the University of Western Ontario.

They concluded basically what bodybuilders have been preaches for the past 2 decades: 1 gram of protein per pound of weight per day and 1.5 grams of protein per pound for “cutting”.

The exact conclusion was that “daily protein requirements are increased by perhaps as much as 100% vs. recommendations for sedentary individuals (1.4-1.8 vs. 0.8 [grams of protein per kilogram of body fat]).” For the English system that is .64-.817 vs .36 grams of protein per pound of body fat.