Trying to eat right to support your workouts? More isn’t always better when it comes to protein in your diet. While the body relies on protein for muscle health, hormone production, and immune function, you can overdo it. Unlike carbohydrates and fat, protein isn’t stored for energy production so taking in too much at once can be a waste. Active individuals should aim for an average of 1.2 grams of protein per kilogram body weight each day. That comes out to roughly 80 grams a day for a 150-pound person. Another way to estimate protein needs are to figure on 20% of total calorie intake – that’s about 90 grams for an 1800-calorie diet.
Spread out protein intake throughout the day instead of mega doses just once or twice. A serving of protein along with healthy carbs after a workout is a must to help tired muscles recover. Here are some tantalizing ways to work protein into your meals and snacks no matter what time of day you exercise.