Bodybuilders need protein. Of course, bodybuilders need a well balanced diet, but we always focus on protein. The reason for this focus is that building muscle needs protein. Use this bodybuilding protein calculator to calculate the right amount of protein that you should ingest daily.
For years, it has seemed that every fad diet or diet program includes feasting on protein and taking in less carbs. The Atkin’s Diet years ago took the world by storm and claimed that you will lose weight if you eat no carbs (more or less). More recently diets like the Paleo Diet and the Ketogenic Diet (Keto Diet) follow similar patterns of high protein intake.
More Protein = More Muscle
There are a lot of factors that go into calculating how much daily protein you should consume. Age, level of activity, height, and weight play a huge factor. This bodybuilding protein calculator is a simply version that takes in your weight and let’s you know how many grams of protein per day you should consume. This simple calculator assumed that you are lifting 4+ days per week and lifting hard. The harder you work, the more your muscles will need to repair. As a result, you want to max out your protein intake.
Bodybuilding Protein Calculator – More to It
Of course, there is more to how many grams of protein you should consume per day. The timing of when you should consume your protein is key. I like to eat 5-6 meals per day with equal amounts of protein in each meal. If I am putting in 6-7 workouts in a week, I could push it to 7 meals. I like to keep my meals to roughly 50 grams of protein per meal. Post-workout meals tend to go much higher than that though.
Where Should I Get My Protein?
I typically try to get all of my protein from food. Egg whites, chicken, and fish are good sources for lean protein. Red meat give high quality protein. Some cuts are less lean than other so if you are looking to clean bulk, be careful about what types of beef you consume.
Getting a lot of protein into your diet is not always easy. As a result, I have to use make protein recipes and protein shakes often. Check out our peanut brittle protein shake recipe and our peanut butter and jelly protein shake recipe.