How much protein do you need?


What Are Proteins And What Do They Do?

Adults over 19 years of age need 0.8 grams (g) of protein per kilogram (kg) of body weight. You can use the following equations to find out how much Protein you need.

Step 1: Weight in pounds (lbs) ÷ 2.2 = weight in kg

Step 2: Weight in kg x 0.8 = Average Daily Protein Need

Note: 1 kilogram = 2.2 lbs

An adult male who weighs 80 kg (176 lbs) needs about 64 g of protein each day.

An adult female who weighs 65 kg (143 lbs) needs about 52 g of protein each day.

The following groups have different protein needs than what is recommended above:

  • Children
  • Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women
  • Some Athletes

 Talk to a registered dietitian to help determine the amount of protein that’s right for you.




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