Are you getting enough protein?
Depending on your sport type and requirements of you as an athlete can change the amount you need on a daily basis. No matter what type of athlete you are, you protein requirements are still more than that of the general population.
If you are an endurance athlete (swimmer, cross-country runner, cyclist) then your body likely needs 1.2-1.4g/kg/day.
If your sport requires more strength or explosive movements (weightlifting, football, powerlifting, crossfit) you likely need an increased amount around 1.6-1.7g/kg/day.
Myth: Endurance athletes don’t need as much protein as power athletes
There is not a “one size fits all” approach to the amount of protein one should consume daily. Protein recommendations are individualized depending on several factors including: type of exercise (endurance or high intensity), overall calorie intake, age, and training experience (untrained/well trained). Individuals who are new to a training program will require more protein than those who are accustomed to exercise. The type of exercise is also important to take into consideration when determining one’s protein needs. Endurance athletes, growing teenagers, the elderly and those restricting calories require more protein. Daily protein recommendation: 1.1-1.6g/kg of bodyweight will meet the needs of the majority of the adult population. However, those who are new to lifting and expected to substantially increase muscle mass may require up to 2g per kilogram of bodyweight.