The team found that consuming protein in excess of the RDA didn't impact composition in people who weren't dieting or specifically weight training to bulk up their muscle mass.
According to Doctor Kacie Vavrek, this study just reinforces what dietitians already practice.
"Dietitians understand that periods of low energy intake require more protein to prevent muscle loss, and periods of high stress or increased physical training would also require a higher protein intake to support muscle mass," she tells Men's Health.
Vavrek explains most sedentary people are fine sticking to the 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of weight. But people trying to lose weight or those who are very physically active should work with a dietitian to find the amount that's best for their bodies, she says. Active guys generally want to aim for 1.3-2.0 grams of protein per kilogram of weight, but the exact amount varies based on goals, lifestyle and health status, she says.
"There is no one-size-fits-all diet or protein intake goal for any one person," says Vavrek.
This article originally appeared on Men's Health US