It comes as no surprise that there’s connection between weight training and increased health, bone density, and muscle mass– but a new study in The British Journal of Sports Medicine finds that upping your protein intake may help ensure your weight lifting efforts don’t go to waste, this is particularly true of adults 40 and over, who the study found were the least likely to be getting enough protein.
So how much protein is enough, and does the form of protein matter?
“…researchers also looked for the sweet spot for protein intake, which turned out to be about 1.6 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight per day. In practical terms, that would amount to about 130 grams of protein a day for a 175-pound man. (A chicken breast has about 45 grams of protein.)
The report finds the type of protein made little difference to the goal of building muscle mass, but we’d still advise seeking clean protein sources in the form of grass-fed, pastured, and organic proteins– because the evidence still clearly points to these as being our most nutrient dense and the best options for our environment.
Read the full story at www.nytimes.com here.