The AllWorldU Protein Calculator estimates your optimal daily protein intake needs to optimize your health. Protein is a key nutrient for losing fat, gaining muscle, and minimizing hunger. Calculate your recommended protein intake by entering some numbers.
Proteins, along with fats and carbohydrates, are macronutrients – substances we need to produce energy and sustain our basic bodily functions. They are large, complex molecules. Proteins are made up of many smaller units called amino acids.
Proteins play many critical roles in the body. They do most of the work in cells and are required for the structure, function, and regulation of the body’s tissues and organs.
Simply put, our biological processes require protein to form the basis of living tissues.
Since proteins are one of the three main macronutrients that give us energy, along with fats and carbohydrates, they’re non-negotiable.
In addition to powering up energy in the human body, protein has the power to repair cells and make new ones too. Protein also protects the body from bacteria and viruses.
Children, teenagers, and adults need all three macronutrients to grow healthy. It helps with minimizing hunger, losing fat, gaining muscle, strengthening the heart and lungs, as well as preventing early death too.
There are many different methods to estimating our optimal protein intake. The daily minimum intake recommended by the National Instititutes of Health is 36 grams per pound for a sedentary person.
While the average healthy diet provides enough protein for most people, higher protein intake is recommended for any active lifestyle. When you’re training to increase your lean muscle mass, lose weight, you need more protein.
Since the amount of protein you need depends on your goals, lifestyle, and weight, our calculator provides a more custom calculation.
After calculating your daily protein needs with our Protein Calculature, it’s time to explore various options for how you will actually consume it. Although you probably know foods high in protein, here is a list as a friendly reminder:
- Fish: salmon, tuna, halibut
- Meat: turkey, beef, chicken, lamb, pork
- Eggs: egg whites, egg yolk, hard boiled eggs
- Spirulina: blue-green algae
- Protein Powder: whey protein, whey protein isolate, casein protein, egg protein, vegan protein
- Dairy: yogurt, cottage cheest, milk
- Seeds & nuts: almond butter, peanut butter, cashew butter, hemp seeds, almonds, peanuts, cashews, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, pistachios, chia seeds
There are many vegan and plant-based alternatives.
Some of the popular alternatives include hummus/pita, tofu, tempeh, edamame, chia seeds, quinoa, peanut butter, spirulina, almonds, lentils, brussels sprouts, green peas, pumpkin seeds, mushrooms, avocados, oats, broccoli, ezekiel bread, and more.
It’s especially important for vegans to track their nutrition and macronutrients.
Trying to lose weight or body fat? If so, this calculator is especially important for you.
If we reach a caloric deficit, our bodies utilize carbohydrates and proteins as energy. Afterwards, our bodies use fat storage for energy.
We must tap into our fat storage to lose weight or body fat. If we do not consume enough protein, our bodies will use our muscle. As a result, we will lose muscle mass.
Scientists disagree about how much protein your body can absorb. Some studies say one thing, and some say another, and then there are real-life examples that conflict with both studies. Your digestion and the type you drink/eat affect how well your body absorbs it.
The bottom line is that no one knows for sure. A collection of scientific evidence indicates that people absorb about 40 grams per meal.
For most people, this is not something to worry about. Protein fills you up, so it is not very easy to have too much. Protein deficiency is a lot more likely.
The consequences of protein deficiency include loss of muscle mass, skin pigementation alterations, loss of hair, fatty and enlarged liver, digestion problems, decreased stroke volume and slower heartbeat, a decrease in the ventilation of our lungs, kidney failure, anemia, weak immune system, and even death.
The Daily Value (DV) was created by the FDA. Originally, the term was United States Recommended Dietary Allowance (US RDA). The RDA is calculated by multiplying the EAR by 1.2 (RDA = 1.21 x EAR).
If you crunch some numbers, you’ll see that the Daily Value is incredibly low especially for athletes trying to add lean muscle mass.
As I’ve suggested for the past 13+ years, it is best to focus on whole food sources: meats, eggs, nuts, etc., not from supplements.
Through whole food sources, you’ll get higher quality protein and more nutrients. Plus, you’ll likely absorb it better too.
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