Proteins are made up of amino acids and are essentially the building blocks of the human body. But, just about how much protein do we need? The answer to this question could be determined by using a simple formula that I have added near the end of this article. Before you find out how much protein do we need per day, its important to understand a little about the science of protein.
The Relationship Between Proteins and Amino Acids
Our bodies require amino acids in order to properly grow. There are two types of amino acids that you should know about, essential amino acids and non-essential amino acids. Together there are a total of 20 amino acids. 12 of the amino acids fall into the non-essential amino acids category and does are actually produced in the body. The remaining 8 amino acids fall into the essential amino acids and are generally supplied by the foods and drinks we consume daily.
It’s important to understand that not everything you eat necessary contains all 8 of the essential amino acids. Only proteins often referred to as complete proteins contain all the essential amino acids. Complete proteins are foods such as eggs, milk, fish, chicken, etc. However, most other foods such as fruits, vegetables, grains, seeds, and nuts are incomplete proteins. This means they do not contain all the essential amino acids. If you are a vegetarian its very important that you mix up your diet and include different foods to get all the essential amino acids that your body needs to grow.
How Much Protein Do We Need Per Day ?
Now that we understand some of the general science behind proteins, we can start looking at how much of this stuff we need. The simple truth is that there is no magic number, in other words, it’s different for everyone. The amount you need is determined several factors such as age, weight, activity level, and gender.
The truth is that most of us already have plenty of protein in our diets. The problem is that protein supplement manufacturers try to convince consumers that they need more than they do. The reason why these companies do this is pretty obvious, they want more money! So understanding how much protein you need is very important to maintain good health and save a ton of money. When you eat an excessive amount of protein, what the body will do is convert the protein into fat, so yes there is a negative side to consuming too much protein.
Here is One Simple Formula to Calculate How Much Protein Your Body Needs
Using Pounds: (Weight/2.2) x Activity Level = Amount of Protein You Need
Using Kilograms: Weight x Activity Level = Amount of Protein You Need
Simply input your weight into one of the formulas, depending on which measuring unit you would like to use (pounds or kilograms). Next, choose an activity level between (0.8 and 2.0) and plug it into the formula where it says “Activity Level”. Those who are recovering from an injury or illness, are pregnant or exercise frequently need to put in a high activity level. Those trying to build muscle and are lifting weights should essentially put in an activity level of 2.0.
After you input all the numbers, solve the simple equation and you will get a number which is the grams of protein recommended.
Please understand that the results are not 100% accurate. There is no formula that I know of that will give you 100% accurate results. However, this is a very simple and easy way to find out how much protein do we need per day should be consuming!