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The question of how much protein to consume has been on the minds of trainers since weight training started even though there have been countless studies done on the subject. We should establish first that we are talking about the extra protein that is required when you train with weights and not just the protein required in order to survive.

Everything requires protein, from the energy required to blink your eye to the reproduction of red blood cells in order to carry on living, it is a lot more than just tissue repair that needs protein. From growing your hair and your nails to hormone secretion and contracting a muscle as well as digestion, without protein these would simply not happen.

It has been proved in research done that protein is required in order to fight against disease or clot your blood and the ability to carry oxygen is directly linked to the amount of protein that you have floating around your blood. This is something that is measured in all standard blood tests.

Medical science and the FDA have determined that in order to not suffer from disease of any kind, without being very active the RDA or Recommended Dietary Allowance should only be 0.8 grams per kilogram. This is measured against your total lean bodyweight, which can be worked out into pounds as 1 kilogram=2.2 pounds.

When ANY exercise is added this demand for good quality protein increases dramatically, however if you are training with weights on a regular basis then this would increase the demand for protein considerably. There have been various studies that have been done trying to prove exactly what the most optimal amount of protein is to gain strength.

Dr Peter Lemon who has been directly involved in some of these ground-breaking findings recorded in one of his studies that, "the RDA for those engaged in strength training should be about 1.7 - 1.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body mass per day."

There are many other studies that show beyond any doubt that the addition of good quality protein added into a well-balanced diet would have an effect of speeding up protein synthesis and getting the repair work required done in a lot less time without over-training.


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