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How much animal protein do you eat a day?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 02, 2010 at 1:14 AM

I just finished off about a pound of steel head trout (if not more)... and earlier today I had about 5 to 6 ounces of grass-fed beef... along with an egg and a few egg whites... So yea, I probably had well over a pound and a half of protein today.

How much do protein do you typically eat in a day?

35a8b223ae5d863f17a8c9e3a8eed5eb

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on October 18, 2011
at 08:10 PM

wow, this is a lot for your weight! How comes? Do you feel best on it?

A71dfbf4e7efeb2068b63df478e9ac46

on October 18, 2011
at 07:21 PM

Same here, My wife already gives me crap about consuming 1-1.5lbs of meat a day between the two of us (She doesn't eat much meat, unfortunately).

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on February 23, 2011
at 09:00 AM

One's weight in protein? So 70kg for a 70kg man? There's no good (protein-specific) reason for it, the best you could say for the excess is that it's raising insulin, mTOR and so on. I think it's fair to say that a lot written in the bodybuilding community is completely baseless nonsense. There might be good arguments that the point at which you reach 'excess' is relatively high, but there's certainly nothing else the body will do with excess protein apart from turn it to glucose and thence to fat.

Ac9425a387b78cb37a01972fe848bddb

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on February 22, 2011
at 11:35 PM

So why is it always recommended to eat at least ones weight in protein when trying to gain muscle mass (meats, poultry and fish) if the left over protein will be converted into glucose?

1ccc0b0b7a756cd42466cef8f450d0cb

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on December 22, 2010
at 05:10 PM

This works for me too. I was also eating a lot of protein and found that bumping up my fat intake allowed me to dial down the protein to a more reasonable level (about 1g/lb of body weight). I think I just needed more calories!

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on December 22, 2010
at 03:32 PM

Im at more than 1 gram/pound body weight, know that for sure. Im prolly in the 200-300 grams protein per day range. Hey i just wanted to say that i love seeing women eating well generally, and especially getting a lot of meat and protein. Its always been an issue getting the women in my life to do this. Refreshing, awesome!

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on December 22, 2010
at 03:26 PM

Pound of trout, 6 oz of meat and 10 eggs add up to around 210 gr of protein. So half a pound, rather than one and a half. Just so you know ;-) I get around half that, so well done!

9f2b5def0bc7fd8ad615637d1ffeb9ec

on December 12, 2010
at 01:55 PM

This is a nicely varied supply of dense high-quality protein. I am trying to get about 200g-250g protein/ day but find I need to eat like 2lbs of meat (uncooked weight) to get there. This list is much better. Can I ask your height/weight?

89985542ffc00c296552951369fe809a

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on June 03, 2010
at 04:35 PM

Oh don't worry I eat the whole eggs too, I just add a little egg whites for more bulk... Oh and just to add: I am 5'2'' and around 98 pounds... with those stats in mind, do you think my protein consumption is ridiculously high?

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on June 03, 2010
at 03:36 AM

@Gigi -- I have heard that while an egg white is almost all protein, the yolk contains a significant amount of protein too - I believe 1/5 of the total protein in the egg is in the yolk.

2864dd8ad97ea5370dd6b23d49caddcb

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on June 02, 2010
at 02:10 PM

I wish I were smaller! Getting enough food into my 6'6" 210# frame is impossible on workout days :)

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485bcefe7f1f7a6df1a293a826bf6137

on June 03, 2010
at 03:27 AM

I don't understand why you'd eat just egg whites.

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E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

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on December 12, 2010
at 09:22 AM

Technically you haven't had a pound and a half (680g) of protein you've had a pound and a half of protein-containing food. For my own part I eat over a pound (500g) of meat a day at least, which is only ~100g protein.

Your own day's intake sounds like 100g for the trout, 30-35g beef, 6-7f x 'a few' of eggs. That's certainly on the heavier side of reasonable protein intake, assuming it's 170g protein in total that would be 34% of a 2000 calorie a day diet. Presumably you don't eat that much protein every day though (hence your post asking whether it was a reasonable amount) so you might well average out at a much more reasonable quantity. I think it's safe to say that such a high amount of protein isn't optimal, since your body can't possibly be using that amount of protein, so the excess will just be an inefficient source of glucose, but it's not completely ridiculous. On my weight-lifting days I'll eat slightly less than that (~150g).

Ac9425a387b78cb37a01972fe848bddb

(655)

on February 22, 2011
at 11:35 PM

So why is it always recommended to eat at least ones weight in protein when trying to gain muscle mass (meats, poultry and fish) if the left over protein will be converted into glucose?

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

(15613)

on February 23, 2011
at 09:00 AM

One's weight in protein? So 70kg for a 70kg man? There's no good (protein-specific) reason for it, the best you could say for the excess is that it's raising insulin, mTOR and so on. I think it's fair to say that a lot written in the bodybuilding community is completely baseless nonsense. There might be good arguments that the point at which you reach 'excess' is relatively high, but there's certainly nothing else the body will do with excess protein apart from turn it to glucose and thence to fat.

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on June 02, 2010
at 02:51 AM

I'm more concerned with getting enough good fats than about protein.

Today I had 6oz of 10% fat greek yogurt, 5-6 slices of uncured, artisanal salami, maybe 2oz of raw-milk manchego cheese, two apples, about 12oz (raw) grilled hanger steak and a salad doused with plenty of olive oil and a little balsamico. I also had my weekly morsel of maple toffee in chocolate. What? STFU, give me this one brief pleasure and distraction from meat meat meat meat meat meat.

After six months I'm still finding it hard to eat a lot of fat. I think I got the protein thing down. I don't count calories, grams, fat vs protein, etc. Way to take the joy out of eating...

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on December 22, 2010
at 03:00 PM

I focus on getting enough fats than protein... I aim for 80-100 grams of protein, and 120-150 grams of fat per day... minimal carbs, 20-30 grams.

1ccc0b0b7a756cd42466cef8f450d0cb

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on December 22, 2010
at 05:10 PM

This works for me too. I was also eating a lot of protein and found that bumping up my fat intake allowed me to dial down the protein to a more reasonable level (about 1g/lb of body weight). I think I just needed more calories!

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on December 12, 2010
at 02:04 PM

Amateurs...

I eat a good three pounds of meat a day - beef, pork, chicken - whatever is on sale. Usually grass-fed although I am not religious about that. Organ meats a couple of times a week. Some days I eat four pounds of meat. Never less than three, though.

I am 5'6", female, and weigh about 125. I am not a huge athlete, I do walk five miles a day and do push ups and other body weight exercises a couple of times a week.

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21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

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on October 18, 2011
at 07:47 PM

I eat 60-70 grams of animal protein a day, being a 155 pound male. The top two reasons are...

  • My western-Indian ancestors have been vegetarian for probably at least 500 years. I ate meat rarely for the first 18 years of my life.
  • I enjoy eating starches cooked in fat more than I do eating tons of meat
  • The literature appears to support this moderate level of protein intake to balance muscle maintenance with possible longetivity effects

That being said, I'm upping the protein currently to ~120-130 grams via a milk protein powder. This is temporary, as a test during a Leangains approach. During the years that I lifted heavy weights and was a bro-science adherent, I ate ~180 grams a day.

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on June 20, 2011
at 08:15 PM

I usually eat around 1/2 lb of meat or fish per day, and 3-4 eggs. I don't have a taste for much more than that, although I used to force it. I prefer to get a big majority of calories from fat.

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on June 20, 2011
at 07:39 PM

I weigh about 163 lb, male, and I plugged in what I eat on an average day into fitday, and it I came up with 148g of fat, 203 g of protein, 66g of carbs. I might try reducing the protein and upping the fat.

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on December 22, 2010
at 05:15 AM

I wish I was rich enough to eat about 2 pounds of high quality meat a day, but I am not, so I consume a lot of eggs.

A71dfbf4e7efeb2068b63df478e9ac46

on October 18, 2011
at 07:21 PM

Same here, My wife already gives me crap about consuming 1-1.5lbs of meat a day between the two of us (She doesn't eat much meat, unfortunately).

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9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on June 02, 2010
at 02:05 PM

Probably .25-.5 lb meat and a filet or two of fish. Of course I'm a five foot tall 100lb woman...

2864dd8ad97ea5370dd6b23d49caddcb

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on June 02, 2010
at 02:10 PM

I wish I were smaller! Getting enough food into my 6'6" 210# frame is impossible on workout days :)

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4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

on June 02, 2010
at 01:47 PM

Generally a pound of meat/eggs/fish

meat gives me a natural high energy state, especially fish

edit: 6'1" tall 180lb athletic and very active

all meats are eaten with heavy veg cooked in coconut oil or kerrygold fat intake is over 50% of calories

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36dd8a49324c45fb49a38765000eca1e

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on June 02, 2010
at 04:45 AM

A typical day for me will include 15oz of Sardines (88g protein), 6 whole jumbo eggs (48g), 8oz of 85% grass fed ground beef (56g), and sometimes I'll have a can of tuna (33g). On workout days, I'll add a scoop of whey for pre/post workout (54g) and one more jumbo egg(8g).

Protein is the only thing I measure in my diet. For strength training, getting a good amount of quality protein is imperative.

9f2b5def0bc7fd8ad615637d1ffeb9ec

on December 12, 2010
at 01:55 PM

This is a nicely varied supply of dense high-quality protein. I am trying to get about 200g-250g protein/ day but find I need to eat like 2lbs of meat (uncooked weight) to get there. This list is much better. Can I ask your height/weight?

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B9cc28905ec54389c47cde031d709703

on October 18, 2011
at 08:09 PM

Probably about 8 ounces of beef a day. Pretty small. I'm 5'8" and 140 pounds. Rest of my animal protein comes from milk, cheese, eggs. Probably between 100-150g.

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6da7ce6a4a250c46a6e78b5b4e22da83

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on October 18, 2011
at 08:09 PM

Doesn't Robb Wolf suggest that for someone looking to lose fat, he eat as many grams of protein as he weighs in pounds, from lean sources? So, a 200 pound guy looking to lose fat should eat 200 grams of protein. This squares with other recommendations I've seen. You're eating twice you bodyweight, which does seem relatively high. But if it's working for you, I don't see any reason to stop.

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on October 18, 2011
at 08:06 PM

I eat about 2 pounds of grass-fed meat, plus four eggs every day.

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on October 18, 2011
at 07:12 PM

I (male, 56 kg) eat at least 800-1000g ground beef per day with 2-4 yolks. According to Cron-o-meter, my profile is 248 g of protein, 59 g of carbs and 143 g of fat (so the ratio is (33-8-59).

35a8b223ae5d863f17a8c9e3a8eed5eb

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on October 18, 2011
at 08:10 PM

wow, this is a lot for your weight! How comes? Do you feel best on it?

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03aeff8d87a3b53a449b5b8e9158da98

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on June 03, 2010
at 12:26 AM

Quite a bit for me (though I'm 6', 187 lbs, and do heavy weightlifting 5 days per week). Today, in chronological order:

8 slices of grass-fed roast beef with home-made cream cheese

3 chicken thighs (cooked in coconut oil, with some onions, tomatoes, and peppers)

6 pieces of sashimi and a spicey tuna roll

whey protein shake (does that count?)

16-oz (pre-cooked) bavette steak, which I just finished... delish!

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on December 12, 2010
at 08:19 AM

3 cups of rice 2 cups of oats 3 oranges 2 bowls lucky charms milk apple pie cheesecake 1 bottle hershey's syrup

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