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Question about Protein grams per body weight??? Thoughts on this

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Question about Protein grams per body weight??? Thoughts on this

So I was trying to explain some things to my dad about weight training and i wrote out some thoughts. He went along and emailed my thoughts to his buddy (My father tells me his friend is an expert on nutrition and was once a competive bodybuilder). His occupation is... (Divisional Vice President Adult Nutrition Research, Development & Scientific Affairs Abbott Nutrition R&D) I've never met him.

My question is how many Grams of protien does one need per pound of body weight. I was led to believe that it is roughly around 1.5 grams per pound. This is what he wrote back... See below

The average person, who is not overly active requires about ,36 grams of protein per pound of body weight per day or ,8 g per Kg. so a 200 lb man, who is not active, would need about 72 grams of protein per day. For an active runner or bicyclist, the requirement would go up to about .7 grams per pound, or 140 grams for a 200 lb man, and with an aggressive weight training program, the need may go as high as .9 grams per pound or 185 grams for a 200 pound man per day. Taking over 200 grams a day is not that beneficial, and mainly will produce a very expensive energy source or be converted to fat and stored.

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