Without getting into the latest hype about protein and the needs for the athlete. Let’s look at what the experts say. (IOC = International Olympic Committee)
According to the IOC, “protein plays an important role in the response to exercise.”
- Recreational and most competitive athletes: 1.0 to 1.2 grams per kg body weight (per IOC). For example, this equates to about 6 to 7 daily ounces of lean meat, poultry or fish or the equivalent from eggs, beans, nuts or seeds combined with dairy and grain foods
- When do protein needs increase? resistant-training exercises and endurance athletes need a higher amount per day (per IOC). This equates to about 1.2 to 1.6 grams per kg body weght (per IOC).
- What does the average person need each day? .8 grams per kg body weight
While most people consume more then enough protein, its important to not fall below these recommendations.