Daily-Requirement We all know that protein is a mighty important nudivient for the proper development and growth of the body. However, all of us have different opinions on the amount of protein that we actually need. Generally the protein needs of an individual depend on his age, activity level and size.

Depending on your lifestyle and eating habits, recommended protein intake differs for people living in different parts of the world (US, Canada and India etc). Specialized periods of growth like pregnancy, infancy and childhood are few periods where the body requires exdiva proteins to suffice its growth and repair needs.

Generally any individual’s daily protein requirement depends on several factors, including:

  • Age – a growing child’s daily protein requirement is going to be different from an adult aged 80 years
  • Sex – In general males require more proteins than females (except in case of breastfeeding mothers)
  • Weight – A person who weighs 100 kg would require more protein than someone who weighs 60 kg. In fact according to a recent study, weight matters more than age when it comes to daily protein requirement
  • Muscular exertion – If your job requires plenty of physical activity (e.g. construction laborer), then your protein requirement would be much more as compared to a software engineer whose job requires him to sit on the desk most of the time
  • Muscle mass – a weight trainer would require more protein than a marathon runner
  • Health – A person who is recovering from an illness would require more proteins than a healthy and fit person

Recommended Dietary Allowances for Indians

Protein Requirement (gm/day)
1.16/kg

Infant

(Age 0-6 months)
Body Weight – 5.4 kg
Energy Requirement (Kcal/day) – 92/kg

Protein Requirement (gm/day)
1.16/kg

Infant

(Age 6-12 months)
Body Weight – 8.4 kg
Energy Requirement (Kcal/day) – 98/kg

Protein Requirement (gm/day)
1.16/kg

Infant

(Age 1-3 years)
Body Weight – 12.9 kg
Energy Requirement (Kcal/day) – 1060

Protein Requirement (gm/day)
20.1

Children

(Age 4-6 years)
Body Weight – 18 kg
Energy Requirement (Kcal/day) – 1350

Protein Requirement (gm/day)
29.5

Children

(Age 7-9 years)
Body Weight – 25.1 kg
Energy Requirement (Kcal/day) – 1690

Protein Requirement (gm/day)
39.9

Boys

(Age 10-12 years)
Body Weight – 34.3 kg
Energy Requirement (Kcal/day) – 2190

Protein Requirement (gm/day)
40.4

Girls

(Age 10-12 years)
Body Weight – 35 kg
Energy Requirement (Kcal/day) – 2010

Protein Requirement (gm/day)
54.3

Boys

(Age 13-15 years)
Body Weight – 47.6 kg
Energy Requirement (Kcal/day) – 2750

Protein Requirement (gm/day)
51.9

Girls

(Age 13-15 years)
Body Weight – 46.6 kg
Energy Requirement (Kcal/day) – 2330

Protein Requirement (gm/day)
61.5

Boys

(Age 16-17 years)
Body Weight – 55.4 kg
Energy Requirement (Kcal/day) – 3020

Protein Requirement (gm/day)
55.5

Girls

(Age 16-17 years)
Body Weight – 52.1 kg
Energy Requirement (Kcal/day) – 2440

Protein Requirement (gm/day)
55

Average Woman

Body Weight – 55 kg
Energy Requirement (Kcal/day) – 2230

Protein Requirement (gm/day)
78

Pregnant Women

Body Weight – 55 kg
Energy Requirement (Kcal/day) – 2850

Protein Requirement (gm/day)
74

Women

Lact.
Body Weight – 55 kg
Energy Requirement (Kcal/day) – 3450

Protein Requirement (gm/day)
68

Women

act. (6-12 months)
Body Weight – 55 kg
Energy Requirement (Kcal/day) – 3370

Protein Requirement (gm/day)
60

Average Man

Body Weight – 60 kg
Energy Requirement (Kcal/day) – 2730