Is There Anything Beyond Exercise That Increases My Protein Requirement?

A period of heavy caloric restriction will increase your need for protein. People who are under great stress, such as people recovering from illness or a serious injury, will also need a bump in protein consumption. As you lower your total caloric intake, there is a greater chance that incoming protein will be used as a fuel source rather than for muscle-building. On a low-calorie diet, it’s even more critical that you eat at least 1 gram of protein per pound daily to maintain muscle mass.