Perhaps, the biggest challenge I face on a day-to-day basis is getting my clients to eat enough protein. Virtually every goal – from fat loss to muscle growth – is dependent on consuming adequate levels of protein. Here are three quick tips to boost your protein consumption throughout the day.
The amount of protein that an athlete needs is a hotly debated topic. Some peoples’ recommendations vary from as little as 15-20% of total calories consumed to as much as 2.2-3.3g/kg of body weight (1). The NSCA, on the other hand, recommends a more moderate 1.5-2.0g/kg of body weight. With such a range between these recommendations, it is clear that protein consumption is not an exact science, but taking into account a few variables athletes can narrow down how much protein they should be consuming on a daily basis.