At the end of the interview we did on muscle growth, Eric mentioned that he sometimes has his clients reduce their protein intake.
Greg has also reduced his protein intake lately so he was curious to learn Eric’s opinion on what the optimum protein intake is.
Their discussion was so useful, I had to post it as a separate video!
Here is the summary:
- Eric recommends getting 0.8-1.3g of protein per pound of bodyweight (1.8-2.9g per kilogram). This is the general range.
- When maintaining or gaining, he usually has his clients on the lower side of the range: 0.8-1g of protein per pound of bodyweight or 1.8-2.2g per kilogram.
- When cutting, a higher protein intake helps with satiety and may also help with muscle maintenance so he recommends 1-1.3g of protein per pound of bodyweight or 2.2-2.9g per kilogram. What’s important to note here is the protein intake is scaled upwards with severity of caloric restriction and leanness. The higher the body fat percentage, the lower the protein intake can usually be compared to the total bodyweight.
- There is no point in arguing about a difference of 0.2-0.3 grams as long as you’re in the recommended range. If you like to eat more protein, do that. If you prefer less, do that instead.
- The protein intake needed to build and maintain muscle is not as high as most people think.