WHY DO I NEED PROTEIN?
Protein is arguably the most important, yet most often overlooked, of the macronutrients. It is not a primary source of energy like carbs and fats; instead, protein is what makes humans, literally. Everything from muscles and bones to microscopic cellular machines, hormones, and neurotransmitters are derived from protein. With so many bodily functions dependent on it, it is clear that practically everyone could benefit from getting a bit more in their diets.
HOW MUCH PROTEIN DO I NEED?
The recommendation of 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram body weight is a daily minimum need that may be as high as 1.2 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight in non-exercising persons. Exceeding the proposed dietary protein need poses few, if any, negative consequences. Consuming up to 2.2 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight is an acceptable goal, even for sedentary persons, and it is likely that a greater percentage of calories coming from protein will facilitate health goals
SUMMARY: YOU NEED MORE PROTEIN