Hay guys and girls. Would love your opinion on protein intake on paleo. Currently I am taking in around 1 gram per lb of body-weight (roughly 180 on recommendations) however i feel this is to high due to not losing weight. All my carbs and fat are good, though could likely raise fats if lower protein. On this specific page with calculations it says I should be at around 120. http://paleodan.com/macronutrient-ratios/ - Fat comes to around 185grams. Quite high.
Have any of you noticed that if you really bring your protein down and increase fats, that it makes a big difference in weight loss? I'm thinking too low may also break down muscle but maybe not? It would be great to get your opinion.
Get Free Paleo Recipes Instantly
180 grams of protein is a waste. Your body does not have the need for that quantity of amino acids and thus it ends up metabolizing amino acids for energy, a highly wasteful inefficient process.
Weight loss however is all about calories, not macronutrient amounts. One ratio or combination of foods may provide better satiety, but that's about it.
Why do you feel than 185g of fat is too high?
Yes, if you go very low carb and very low protein, you do increase fat loss for a short period of time. If you do this for too long, you raise cortisol levels and cause problems with stress and it reverses. Indeed, if you don't consume enough protein and carbs, cortisol will signal the break down of muscle to produce glucose by gluconeogenesis. Taken to an extrememe, keep in mind that the heart is a muscle and that gluconeogenesis and catabolism won't differentiate between your bicept and your heart. (This isn't to say that if you do this for a few days you'll damage your heart, more like if you do it for weeks on end.)
If you're trying to lean out, your best bet would be to go higher carb, and do intermittent fasting by just skipping breakfast and also working out fasted, then not doing a post workout meal for at least an hour after you're done working out.