The recommended amount depends on how active you are and how much you weigh.
Eat 0.4 grams of protein per pound of body weight.
Sedentary adults get less than 150 minutes of exercise per week or less than 5,000 steps a day.
Eat 0.5 – 0.7 grams of protein per pound of body weight.
Someone who weighs 200 lbs and is exercising to lose weight should eat 100 – 140 grams (g) of protein per day.
There are 4 calories in one gram of protein. The above recommendation (100-140 grams of protein) is equivalent to 400-560 calories of protein.
- 100 grams x 4 calorie/gram = 400 calories
- 140 grams x 4 calories/gram = 560 calories
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