What’s the ideal % of calories somone trying to bulk up should get from protein? I know most experts recommend somewhere in the range of 1-2 grams per pound daily but I can’t seem to find suggestions on % of calories from protein. I’m asking because a trainer recently said 40%.
I’m 5’5" 135 and I’m eating 3500 to 3700 calories a day. So, to reach 40%, I’d have to eat almost THREE grams per pound daily! This is much higher in terms of grams/lb than experts seem to recommend. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks!![/quote]
You’re confusing information from 2 different scenarios. One- bulking. Two- optimum/minimum amount for muscle growth. When bulking, I like to get 40/30/30 c/p/f so in your case that would equal aprox. 250-275g/p
When cutting I like to go more 20/40/40 c/p/f.
In truth, your body only needs .7-1g-p/lb to aid in muscle growth. More than that is really just to offset caloric need. Unless, of course, you get much bigger and stronger and lift much heavier, then you might fall into needing 1-1.5 for optimum recovery.