Nutrition FAQ #6 – How Much Protein Should I Eat?

By Michelle Donovan, MS, RD, LDN, ACSM-CPT

As a registered, licensed dietitian and American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer, I have gotten a lot of questions over the years and there’s a good chance that you may be curious about some of these as well. In this ten-part series, I’ll address the questions I have received the most over my almost 30 years in the field of nutrition and wellness.

Nutrition FAQ #5 was all about carbohydrates. This week Michelle tackles the question of protein and how much you should eat.

Do I need to eat more protein?

If you watch any sports on television, you might feel as though you need more protein. After all, many celebrities and athletes are touting protein rich products. The truth is, most of us do not need to eat any more than we are already eating. Protein is the only nutrient we eat that is calculated based on how much we weigh. For a general idea of how many grams you should have in a day, divide your weight in half.

Almost all food has some protein in it, just like almost all food has carbohydrates in it. If you are training for an event and exercise more than 1 ½ hours to 2 hours per day, you may need more. Check with a Registered, Licensed Dietitian. A standard chicken breast that you buy at the grocery store is around 6 ounces and has about 52 grams of protein. If you have it with 1 cup of brown rice and 1 cup of broccoli, it jumps up to about 60 grams of protein and that is just for that one meal.

 

Michelle Donovan, MS, RD, LDN, ACSM-CPT
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