Wednesday, 2 April 2008

Protein Intake

Protein intake when trying to bulk up is a hot topic as its just as important as the weights you lift in the gym, if you don't get enough then your muscles wont see so much growth but if you get too much it can actually put alot of strain on the bodies organs.

So how much protein do I need to take?

To get the optimum level of protein in to your body for increased muscle mass you should take in 0.75 to 1 gram of protein for every pound of weight you weigh, for those who convert in to Kilograms this is 1.65 to 2.2 grams of protein for every kilogram you weigh.


A man who weighs 185 pounds (84 kg) would need to take in between 139 and 185 grams of protein in one day.

How do I make sure I am not overloading my bodies organs?

Your protein intake should never exceed thirty percent of your total nutritional intake in a day (Protein, Carbohydrates and fats combined) as this is when it can impact on your body. If you eat correctly you should never have a problem, after all you still need to eat carbohydrates and fats.

Sources of Protein

The best sources of Protein are fish, chicken, pulses, red meat and dairy products but many people who wish to build muscle also take protein shakes to supplement their protein intake. Protein shakes are a great way to boost your protein intake without having to add many calories to your diet.