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How Much Protein Do Sedentary People Need?

author image Nina K.
Nina K. is a Los Angeles-based journalist who has been published by,, Healthy Living Magazine, Organic Authority and numerous other print and web publications. She has a philosophy degree from the University of Colorado and a journalism certificate from UCLA.
How Much Protein Do Sedentary People Need?
Tofu is a healthy protein source. Photo Credit: Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision/Getty Images

If you don't exercise or get any physical activity other than what you need for everyday tasks, you lead a sedentary lifestyle. Sedentary people need less energy from food than their active counterparts, which translates to fewer calories from protein and other nutrients. But protein is still an essential part of your diet, as every cell in your body depends on it for proper functioning.

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Protein Requirements

Sedentary people need about 0.4 grams of protein per pound of body weight each day, according to Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook. For example, a 170-pound man would multiply his weight in pounds by 0.4 to calculate 68 grams of protein per day. Because it's easier to gain weight with a sedentary lifestyle, it's especially important to choose lean, low-calorie proteins such as tofu, beans and fish. And if you're physically able, consider engaging in exercise to help reduce your risk of type-2 diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.

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