Everyone's protein requirement is different. It all depends on your age, weight, activity level and other special needs. The U.S Department of Agriculture recommends that adults get 10-35% of their day's calories from protein and at least .37 grams of protein per pound of body weight. For example, a 130lb female should get at least 48 grams of protein per day. But this is only the minimum requirement. As long as you eat 2-3 servings of protein rich foods per day you should be able to get enough.
If you don't get enough protein you may suffer from fatigue, weakness, muscle loss, a slower metabolism and weaker immune system.
Some Excellent Sources of Protein
- Boneless, Skinless Chicken
- Greek Yogurt
- Lean Cut Beef
- Protein Supplements