How important is protein for women and how much do we need?
First, things first. Protein is essential to not only build muscle but to develop and maintain healthy bones, skin, and hair. It also makes hormones and enzymes. It is one of the three macronutrients (carbohydrates and fat are the other two) that your body needs to build and repair tissue. Registered dietitian and senior clinical nutrition specialist, Lora Edwards states that “it is vital for our immunity and even makes up the hemoglobin that carries oxygen in your blood.”
As for how much we need, there is no set number that applies to everyone. The recommended daily amount for protein intake is roughly 0.36 grams per pound according to individual body weight. If you’re 120 pounds, then your protein intake would be 43 grams.
There are specific calculations depending on your goals:
1. For the average woman, your calculation would be your