How Much Protein Do I Need Per Day To Build Muscle?
I have constructed a protein calculator which will give you an idea of how much protein per meal and how much protein per day you need to maximize anabolism which in turn will build lean muscle mass. It will answer the question, “how much protein do I need per day to build muscle?” When one is anabolic they are in a muscle growing state. A person can bring themselves into an anabolic condition a few ways. Weight lifting, increase dietary protein intake, take anabolic steroids, or use select androgen receptor modulators. Of course, the use of steroids and SARMs causes side effects, therefore the natural approach of lifting weights and increasing protein intake is the preferred approach. Anabolic means muscle building and catabolic means muscle wasting. You can read more about anabolic/catabolic here.
Why Our Protein Calculator Is the Best
This protein calculator is better than all the other protein calculators out there because most of them use the US government’s RDA (recommended daily allowance) and the United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO). Which most bodybuilders and sports nutrition experts know is not the correct calculation for individuals that are athletes, looking for muscle recovery, or looking to increase muscle mass. Secondly, this calculator is based on a sports nutrition abstract that is essentially a culmination of over 40 research studies that looked at dietary protein intake for increasing muscle protein synthesis. No other protein calculator on the internet factored in over 40 studies but this one.
How The Protein Calculator Works
This protein intake calculator was created with the help of an abstract from the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. I also wrote about this in an article a few months ago.
If you are a bodybuilder or just into bodybuilding (like most people), then this calculator will help you figure out just how much protein you need to build muscle.
What is unique about this calculator is the addition of predigested or hydrolyzed protein powders. Typically other protein intake calculators will only take into consideration whole food proteins. Which, if you have ever talked to me or texted with me before, know that I describe these proteins as food, which they are. Drinking whey protein isolate is the same thing as drinking milk. Drinking an egg white protein powder is the same thing as eating egg whites. However, hydrolyzed protein powders on the other hand are not like whole food protein powders. They are predigested and get into your bloodstream FASTER than whole food proteins. I have included in the calculator the predigested or hydrolyzed proteins, like the Peptopro and the hydrolyzed whey protein 520.
I also included post workout and pre-sleep protein use.
Protein Calculator Calculates When Steroids or SARMs Are Used
Finally, I gave the option to select if one is taking anabolic steroid or select androgen receptor modulators (SARMs). Even though I have seen so-called experts on the internet stating that you do not need extra protein when you are taking anabolic compounds, I believe you do. I believe that one does need to increase their protein intake when taking anabolic steroids or SARMs. I believe this because these substances increase protein synthesis.
They also affect the activation rate of enzyme systems involved in protein metabolism, thus enhancing protein synthesis and inhibiting protein degradation (called an anti-catabolic effect).
I also found this study stating that steroids increase muscle protein synthesis.
This study was done on elderly men stating steroid increase protein synthesis.
And finally a SARM research study on Ligandrol, stating that it too also increases protein synthesis.
Many people ask themselves, how much protein do I need per day? Now with this protein calculator, you can easily know.
Examples of a diet to maximize anabolism to help one build muscle and stay out of a catabolic state as long as possible.
Egg Sandwich 25 grams of protein
1/4 whey protein isolate (20 grams of protein)
Peanut Butter and Jelly with high protein bread
35 grams of protein
Peptopro with 32 oz of Pomegranate juice
14 grams of protein
1 tsp of Creapure
Muscle Shake 1/3 cup
1 tsp of leucine peptides
Organic Peanut Butter
45 grams of protein
30 gram of Micellar Casein
Remember if anabolic steroids and SARMs are in play than these numbers above will increase by about 50%.
Alex Rogers is a supplement manufacturing expert. He has been formulating, consulting, and manufacturing dietary supplements since 1998. Alex invented protein customization in 1998 and was the first company to allow supplement consumers to create their own protein blends. Alex helped create the first supplement to contain natural follistatin.