Our expert says:
According to a leading book on sports nutrition called “Clinical Sports Nutrition’ by Burke and Deakin (2002), only body builders (of all athletes) require up to 1.7 g of protein per kg body weight per day during their early training and afterwards they can reduce their protein intake to 1.2 g per kg body weight. A 70 kg athlete would thus only require 119 g of protein per day during early training and 84 g during maintenance. Eating up to 3 g of protein per kg body weight per day is not necessary, expensive and may harm the kidneys, so stick to the lower intake. It is after all the amount of weight training that you do that will build the muscles and this process takes time, so be patient.
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