What Exactly Is a High-Protein Diet?

Protein is found in muscles, bones, skin, hair, and other bodily parts, according to Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

It powers various chemical activities in your body, including hemoglobin, which transports oxygen.

So, consuming protein is good for you, but defining what’s considered “high protein” is tricky.

Adults should get at least 0.8 grams of protein for every kilogram of body weight each day—which equates to about 7 grams per 20 pounds of body weight.

Consuming any amount over that recommendation would be considered a high-protein diet.

High Protein Based on Body Weight

One high-protein rule for the average person is 1.2 grams or more of protein per kilogram of body weight

If you do intense workouts and weight training, you could up your protein to 1.75 grams

If you opt for 1.75 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight a day, that would equal:

– About 125 grams per day for a 154-pound person – About 160 grams per day for a 200-pound person

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