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How Much Dietary Protein Will Prevent Muscle Loss?


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How Much Dietary Protein Will Prevent Muscle Loss?

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Date: 2019-10-01 12:00:00

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In this video, we’re going to cover protein and muscle loss. How much dietary protein do you need to avoid muscle loss? 

RDA – the recommended dietary allowance for protein is .8g of protein per kg or .36 times your pounds. For example, I weigh 185, so I would do .36 times 185, which is 67g of protein I should have per day. 

However, there are many problems with the above recommendation. 

It might be shocking, but a small portion of the protein you eat actually turns into muscle or body tissue. For example, 100g (or 3 oz) of steak only provides 25g of actual protein. 

There are many variables that play into protein and muscle loss prevention: 

• Absorption in the gut (insulin resistance, stomach acid, enzymes, bacteria, gut function, inflammation, surgery)
• Quality of protein
• Quantity of protein
• Exercise
• Age
• Illness
• Liver function

If someone exercises intensely, that could affect the amount of protein they need. But the quality of protein is also important—especially since certain proteins do not turn into body tissue at any significant level.

Instead of .8g of protein per kg of weight, I recommend you do .9 to 1.1g. Also, if you keep the quality of protein high, the need for protein won’t be as high.

You can take your weight in pounds and divide it by 2.2 to get the kilograms, and then you can take the kilograms and multiply the amount of protein you need (.9 to 1.1) to get the amount of protein you need in grams.  

You may have to eat a little more or a little less protein and see how you feel to determine if you’re getting the right amount.

Taking essential amino acids in addition to your protein can give you a 99% effect of turning into body tissue. 

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Dr. Berg, 53 years of age is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of The New Body Type Guide and other books published by KB Publishing. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.

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