How Much Protein Do You Need for Weight Loss and Muscle Growth?

Low-carb, vegetarian, Mediterranean — whatever your diet, it’s important to get enough protein.

Although research hasn’t yet pinpointed one perfect formula, experts say that the typical “recommended” daily minimums aren’t optimal, and that it helps to factor in your weight and activity level to determine how much protein you personally need.

A good baseline for people who exercise at a moderate level is between one-half and three-quarters of a gram of protein per pound of bodyweight. If you weigh 150 pounds, for example, eat between 75 and 112 grams of protein per day. To lose weight, diets with higher amounts of protein — between 90 and 150 grams a day — are effective and help keep you from losing muscle along with fat.

Since the body uses protein most effectively when you have it at regular intervals, divide your daily