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    How many grams of protein should I eat a day?

    Hey guys, how many grams of protein should I eat a day,
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    I have been lifting weights seriously for about 7months, I'm on a clean bulk atm. Please answer thanks guys
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    Between 0.8g to 1.5g of protein times your bodyweight in pounds. I opt for a healthy medium, I aim for 1g per lb of my bodyweight, but there have been studies strongly suggesting that 0.8g's of protein per lb of your BW is sufficient either for cutting/bulking. On the other end of the spectrum, some people advocate higher protein intakes, and there is a theory that higher protein intakes have benefits that are not shown in studies...

    In the end, it's your call. I always prefer moderaton over choosing one or the other, so 1g per lb of BW works for me. About 180 grams of protein daily for you then buddy.
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    Roughly ~180g is a safe number, give or take
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    Go have a gander at the stickies man at 16, and only lifting for 7 months, you can probably keep gaining solidly on as little as 140g pro.
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    Originally Posted by KobiDC View Post
    Between 0.8g to 1.5g of protein times your bodyweight in pounds. I opt for a healthy medium, I aim for 1g per lb of my bodyweight, but there have been studies strongly suggesting that 0.8g's of protein per lb of your BW is sufficient either for cutting/bulking. On the other end of the spectrum, some people advocate higher protein intakes, and there is a theory that higher protein intakes have benefits that are not shown in studies...

    In the end, it's your call. I always prefer moderaton over choosing one or the other, so 1g per lb of BW works for me. About 180 grams of protein daily for you then buddy.
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    Go have a gander at the stickies man at 16, and only lifting for 7 months, you can probably keep gaining solidly on as little as 140g pro.
    this too, but at 180 it can help you hit your calorie goals if u cant get more carbs or fats in.
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    120 - 130 grams a day is plenty. split that up into 3 meals and maybe 2 shakes. Rest concentrate on good quality carbs and plenty of good fats.
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    Originally Posted by Steve27 View Post
    120 - 130 grams a day is plenty. split that up into 3 meals and maybe 2 shakes. Rest concentrate on good quality carbs and plenty of good fats.
    120 grams of protein daily for a 183lb male (assumed) is not 'plenty'.
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    Well it seems be be enough for me and I'm 110kg or 240lbs. I dont eat more than 120 grams per day, actually most days I would be lucky to eat 100 grams of protein.Why wouldnt it be enough for a 83kg person?
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    Originally Posted by Steve27 View Post
    Well it seems be be enough for me and I'm 110kg or 240lbs. I dont eat more than 120 grams per day, actually most days I would be lucky to eat 100 grams of protein.Why wouldnt it be enough for a 83kg person?
    Because you have more mass/weight to you - which requires more protein to sustain/grow. Bigger people have bigger caloric requirements, just like how smaller people have smaller requirements. You could be making better progress on more protein.

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    Originally Posted by Steve27 View Post
    120 - 130 grams a day is plenty. split that up into 3 meals and maybe 2 shakes. Rest concentrate on good quality carbs and plenty of good fats.
    Why not 2 or 4 meals if he wants, and what if he doesn't want to drink shakes but rely on whole foods instead?
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    Well if I have more mass and weight, I should be consuming more protein, but Im not, yet im still getting good results with 1 - 1.2 g per kg of bodyweight. A lot of people on these forums simply have the old attitude 'more is better'. If thats the case then why stop at 180g of protein, why dont you recommend 400g of protein a day, heck why stop there, 1000g of protein a day must be even better!
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    Originally Posted by Steve27 View Post
    Well if I have more mass and weight, I should be consuming more protein, but Im not, yet im still getting good results with 1 - 1.2 g per kg of bodyweight. A lot of people on these forums simply have the old attitude 'more is better'. If thats the case then why stop at 180g of protein, why dont you recommend 400g of protein a day, heck why stop there, 1000g of protein a day must be even better!
    You're missing the point - while you're still getting results, your results are possibly not optimal because you're not meeting your protein requirements (exceptions to this though).

    Actually, I suggest eating LESS protein than the 'standard' 1g per lb of bodyweight if you struggle to reach protein needs; recent studies have shown results strongly suggesting that 0.8g of protein per lb of BW is sufficient whether you're in a caloric surplus/deficit. I personally stick by the 1g per lb of BW rule to stay safe however.

    As for why we don't suggest eating 1,000 grams of protein daily... you reach a point where eating more protein doesn't = more gains. Once you've gotten your sufficient requirements, eating more won't slap more muscle onto you (although there have been suggestions of benefits to increased protein intake, that aren't shown by studies). Also, eating 1,000 grams of protein is near impossible. Protein is too satiating for that lol.
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    Originally Posted by Steve27 View Post
    ...im still getting good results with 1 - 1.2 g per kg of bodyweight.
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    ...I'm 110kg or 240lbs. I dont eat more than 120 grams per day, actually most days I would be lucky to eat 100 grams of protein.
    Let's see here, OP is 183lbs (83kg). Let's assume he was a full grown adult rather than a growing teenager (unclear whether he is 16 or 22). 0.82g/lb (1.8g/kg) seems to be the point at which additional protein intake ceases to yield any additional benefits. So, for OP, that would be 0.82 X 183 = 150 grams of protein per day.

    For you, who weighs 240 pounds, that would be 0.82 X 240 = 196. So you eating 100 grams of protein per day is about half of the optimal level.

    The RDA for protein is 0.8 g/kg, which for you would be 0.8 X 110 = 88. So, as you can see, you are basically just ingesting slightly more than the RDA for protein, which is suboptimal for LBM gains and preservation.
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    Originally Posted by Steve27 View Post
    Well if I have more mass and weight, I should be consuming more protein, but Im not, yet im still getting good results with 1 - 1.2 g per kg of bodyweight. A lot of people on these forums simply have the old attitude 'more is better'. If thats the case then why stop at 180g of protein, why dont you recommend 400g of protein a day, heck why stop there, 1000g of protein a day must be even better!
    because i like my carb filled foods and fat filled ones too, i get more than enough protein that suits my calorie needs, thats whats more important.
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