How Much Protein Do Adults Need?

There is a lot of myths regarding protein consumption and muscle growth. Over-consumption of protein does not mean that more muscle mass will be formed. This week, Mint Nutrition Clinic is focusing on how much protein you need to eat, in order to form adequate muscle mass.

How Much Protein Should You Eat?

On average, adults need 0.8 g of protein per 1 kg of body weight (Unlock Food, 2017). That means if an adult weighs 120 pounds (54 kg), they should be eating about 44 g of protein daily. This translates into, one egg (6 g of protein), 3/4 cup of chicken breast (31 g of protein), and 1 oz of cheese (7 g of protein). Therefore, adults do not need to eat too much protein, in order to gain more muscle mass.

Key Points To Remember

Gaining muscle mass occurs when your diet is well balanced. This means eating enough protein, carbohydrates, and fats. All these three sources of energy and nutrients help muscle fibers grow and multiply. To learn more about the most effective exercise plan and eating regime, Click Here for a free consultation with our head nutritionist. 



Unlock Food. (2017). Introduction To Protein And High Protein Foods. Retrieved from