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You are what you eat and drink – 6 steps – But when did you last eat 2 oz. protein in a steak?

This is a very simple restatement of the basics, and lest we forget, you may have your drink!!  The item follows up on the required calories, protein, complex carbohydrate and fat needs and acknowledges the use of supplements.

Note that daily protein needs for men are given as 1/3 gram/lb of body weight.  That is an awkward number!!   0.3 g/lb = 0.66 g/kg.  And 0.66 g/kg (of body weight)/day comes from the USA’s Institute of Medicine’s Dietary Reference Intakes, see below.

A gram is about 0.035 ounces.  Making a 1/3 g = 0.01oz.
At 177 lbs body weight (80kg) the sum is 0.01 x 177 = 1.77 oz. protein/day.

That is a very low number, and not what happens in daily experience!  Hence my question, when did you last eat a 2 oz. steak?  Let’s take a closer look.

The following numbers for recommended dietary intake of protein for men are sourced from the USA’s Institute of Medicine’s Dietary Reference Intakes, see their 2002/2005 report at:
http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/DRI/DRI_Energy/energy_full_report.pdf
Page 9 (summary): Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) 0.8 g/kg body weight/day
Page 278: RDA 0.8 g/kg body weight for males with normal Body Mass Index.  For 70kg (154 lb) lean males this equals 56 g/day {70kg x 0.8g/kg = 56g}.
Page 1324: RDA of 56 g/day for men over 19 years old
Page 1330: Est. Avg. Requirement of 0.66 g/kg body weight/day for men over 19 years old}.
For a discussion about optimal protein needs see
http://bayesianbodybuilding.com/the-myth-of-1glb-optimal-protein-intake-for-bodybuilders/

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