Whether you’re new to CrossFit or you’re a seasoned veteran, there are advantages of a higher-protein diet. Dietary protein helps promote strong, lean muscle so it’s important for you to understand exactly what it is, why it’s important, and how much you should be feeding your body.
What is it and why is it important?
Proteins are organic molecules made up of amino acids – the building blocks of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. It’s a macronutrient, meaning our bodies need a relatively large amount of it. A diet high in protein helps shorten recovery time, increases muscles strength, and boosts your metabolism, as well as your immune system.
How much do I need?
Depending on your workout regimen, goals and overall diet, the amount of protein that your body needs can vary. Recommendations can range from 0.36 gram per day per one pound of body weight for inactive people getting just what is necessary to survive to 0.64 to 0.90 g per one pound of body weight for people doing high intensity exercise (CrossFit). Even further if you have goals to create lean mass and lose weight there is plenty of research that 1 gram per pound of body weight per day is ideal.
If you’re interested in the knitty-gritty details of protein and how much you should pack into your diet, read up here.