I have a patient who is into body building. What is the recommendation for his protein needs?

Protein is very important for the growth and repair of our tissues and muscles. The recommended daily allowance for protein intake is 0.8 grams per kilogram of body weight per day. Adequate protein intake is essential for muscle growth. Resistance or strength training athletes may require up to 1.6-1.7 g/kg body weight per day. However, it is the official position of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) that this recommended protein intake can be met with diet alone and without the use of protein and amino acid supplements, if energy intake is adequate to maintain body weight. I would encourage well-balanced meals spaced all throughout the day. Adequate intake of lean meats, fish, poultry, low fat dairy products, eggs, beans/legumes and nuts can help athletes and body builders achieve their protein needs. In addition, intake of whole grains, cereals, legumes, fruits and vegetables is also an important part of any body builder/athlete’s diet.

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