Like most myths, the belief that you should take in 1g/lb of body weight has become so deeply entrenched in the fitness world that its validity is rarely questioned. Strangely, very few people think it’s a bit too accidental that the optimal amount of protein your body can assimilate in a day is exactly 1g/lb. 2.2g/kg doesn’t sound as right, does it? Of course, I know you read my articles for their scientific merit, so let’s look at the literature on the effects of daily protein intake to find out if 1g/lb really is the optimal amount of protein intake for maximum muscle gains.
It’s like any “rule”. To quote a famous movie: “They’re more like guidelines…”
Everyone is different, and as the article points out – we get better at dealing with protein so we need less as things progress. I’m struggling to make 0.5 grams of protein for every lb currently in my diet, regularly.