How much protein does your body need?

0.7-8 gms of protein per kilogram of body weight

Protein serves immensely as development and growth of our body.

Our body requires a daily minimum amount of protein every day to function well and keep the muscles stronger.

In general, protein needs are dictated by age, activity level and size of the body.

We need protein for our muscles, bones, to recover wear and tear of muscle and the rest of our body. And lack of protein through daily diet affects our health and body composition.

Did you know?

Muscles, tendons, organs and skin, enzymes, hormones, neurotransmitters and various molecules that aid many vital functions in our body are build up by proteins mainly.

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Daily Protein Requirements vary on the following factors

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AGE

A growing child’s protein needs are different from that of an 80 year old male.

Gender

Males generally require more protein than women. However, breastfeeding mothers require a higher protein intake as well.

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Weight

A person who weighs 100kg needs more protein than someone weighing 60kg. Studies show that weight now has more bearing on protein requirements than age.

Muscular Exertion

Labour intensive jobs require more protein intake than someone who works at a desk throughout the day.

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Muscle Mass

A physical trainer requires more protein than a marathon runner.

Health

A person recovering from illness needs more protein than someone who is healthy.

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Daily Protein Requirement

  • CATEGORIES
  • AGE
  • BODY WEIGHT
  • Energy
    Requirement
  • protein
AGEBODY
WEIGHT
Energy
Requirement
protein
0-6 months5.4kg92kg
(kcal/day)
1.16
gms/kg/day
6-12 months8.4kg98kg
(kcal/day)
1.69
gms/kg/day
AGEBODY
WEIGHT
Energy
Requirement
protein
Average Man60kg2730
(kcal/day)
60
gms/kg/day
1-3 years12.9Kg1060
(kcal/day)
16.7
gms/kg/day
4-6 years18Kg1350
(kcal/day)
20.1
gms/kg/day
7-9 years25.1Kg1690
(kcal/day)
29.5
gms/kg/day
10-12 years34.3Kg2190
(kcal/day)
39.9
gms/kg/day
13-15 years47.6Kg2750
(kcal/day)
54.3
gms/kg/day
16-17 years55.4Kg3020
(kcal/day)
61.5
gms/kg/day
AGEBODY
WEIGHT
Energy
Requirement
protein
10-12 years35kg2010
(kcal/day)
40.4
gms/kg/day
13-15 years46.6kg2330
(kcal/day)
51.9
gms/kg/day
16-17 years52.1kg2440
(kcal/day)
55.5
gms/kg/day
Average Woman55kg2230
(kcal/day)
55
gms/kg/day
AGEBODY
WEIGHT
Energy
Requirement
protein
Pregnant
Women
55kg2850
(kcal/day)
82.2
gms/kg/day
Lact. (0-6 months)55kg3450
(kcal/day)
77.9
gms/kg/day
Lact. (6-12 months)55kg3370
(kcal/day)
70.2
gms/kg/day