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How much meat do you want in a serving?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 14, 2012 at 5:42 PM

So I was in the Sunflower market last night to buy some sockeye salmon for myself to take home and cook with some bacon and kale. The guy in front of me points at a piece and asks how much it weighs. It was 1.03 lb. He then asked for a smaller piece, saying it was just three of them eating, and that was too big. So I asked for that piece, thinking hopefully it will be big enough for just me.

So, what do you guys think is a decent serving size of meat? I put the bare minimum at 12 oz, 3/4 lb., and prefered about a pound. Any opinions, or do I just like meat a lot. In all fairness, I make half my meal veggies also, so it is usually a plate of meat and a plate of veggies.

7f8bc7ce5c34aae50408d31812c839b0

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Could be. I am quite sedentary normally with only occasional bursts of physicality. Although I've read that unless your really tearing up your muscles, protein demand does not increase that much with activity. I'm pretty much following the PHD.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on August 15, 2013
at 01:06 PM

Oh, I left off 4 slices of bacon, and some dark chocolate.

Fa4b934bc224b17784fe0ee36d153dcd

(168)

on August 15, 2013
at 04:49 AM

Man, you can really eat. Egg is 6g, chicken leg is 8g, bratwurst is 55g/lb, squash is 5g/lb, and broccoli is 13g/lb. That's a total of 121g of protein, or 0.89g/lb lean body mass. Probably ideal since you exercise a lot.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on August 15, 2013
at 04:30 AM

Wll, I weigh 145, and have 136 lb of lean body mass, so I need a solid pound of meat per day. Btw, today I had 6 eggs, 5 tandoori chicken legs, 2/3 lb of German bratwurst, 1/2 lb of buttnut squash, and 1/2 lb steamed broccoli spread out over 3 meals.

Eea6a68f5a7190d13c60e1c72417a581

(1376)

on July 16, 2012
at 05:39 AM

Yeah meat fills me up fast w fat + veg. And the kids eat tortillas and rice too. Answers the paleo on a budget query though.

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

(3043)

on July 15, 2012
at 04:52 PM

Either I Am a serious pig at 5'2 or people must be starving.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 15, 2012
at 01:54 PM

@Jamie....I prefer 454g of meat per meal.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 15, 2012
at 01:49 PM

they are like hors d'oeuvres!

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 15, 2012
at 01:48 PM

So you eat about like the person referenced in the original question. In the very rare occasion that I get chicken breast, I eat two myself.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 15, 2012
at 01:47 PM

I love a lamb steak for dinner with a side of grass-fed beef rib eye. Sounds tasty.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 15, 2012
at 01:46 PM

So you are still pretty low carb at 80g per day. I get about 150g per day, but I am extremely active. I also feel that due to that, my protein needs are greater, also going for at least 150g per day, or more.

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

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on July 15, 2012
at 06:46 AM

I can easily go a pound in one meal... 8-12 oz is more common. However when it is Copper River Salmon I polish off well over a pound.

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

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on July 15, 2012
at 05:38 AM

BTW Is it just america that doesnt use metrics? Or do other countries use that kinda oz, pound, inch stuff too (whatever its called)?

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 15, 2012
at 03:30 AM

Are you stating that for yourself, or what you have read in nutritional propaganda?

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 14, 2012
at 11:02 PM

@sabretoothandclaw....thats what I thought. They must have been going for 4oz portions. To me, thats a bite.

1955b5516a3eaedce732f4ea8bb3fa6c

on July 14, 2012
at 10:39 PM

LOL I eat the say way 1/2 to 1 lb of meat (prefer closer to 1 lb) ad a heap of veggies, twice a day generally. Less than 1 lb for 3 people? I would be hatin' my life is I didn't even get a 1/3 lb of salmon for dinner.

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

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on July 14, 2012
at 10:18 PM

I'm 16 (female) 5'2 and nothing short of a pound will satisfy me (two meals a day)

707342e3cb97e0fc088917919a154b8a

(1657)

on July 14, 2012
at 09:49 PM

She doesn't eat a full pound, but she can come darn near close! She's a (teeny-tiny) beast-- she also super active: ice skates and plays soccer, plus all three of my kids spend most of their time outdoors in our backyard running around with the dogs or playing soccer year 'round (we live in FL)-- no Vitamin D shortage in this house!

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 14, 2012
at 09:31 PM

Generally twice a day, as I seldom eat 3 times per day.

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on July 14, 2012
at 09:15 PM

DO you eat meat three times a day?

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 14, 2012
at 08:38 PM

Solid. Way to be a carnivore!

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 14, 2012
at 08:24 PM

Hence, I am not a fan of snacking. I eat one small meal a day, and one big meal a day on most days.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on July 14, 2012
at 08:11 PM

Sure, but he'd also go days in between "meat-fests".

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on July 14, 2012
at 08:10 PM

For me, it all depends on how hungry i am, there's no standard for how much animal protein you need to have on your plate

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 14, 2012
at 08:10 PM

Most I have ever eaten of meat in a sitting was 2.25 lbs

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 14, 2012
at 08:09 PM

I am pretty sure grok would devour much more than 2+ pounds when he had access to it.

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on July 14, 2012
at 07:53 PM

A pound of meat at 35lbs? Wow. Just calculated that as eating almost 3% of body weight. For me that would be 4 and a half pounds of meat. I'm impressed.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 14, 2012
at 06:38 PM

Love to hear about a meat eating family. Thats awesome to raise your kids right!

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on July 14, 2012
at 06:02 PM

4 ounces of meat is what a lot of people say you should eat. Even the people who say that are many times eating more. 4 ounces is pretty small. The average american is eating way more than that per meal.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 14, 2012
at 05:58 PM

I would say my daily total would be about 8 oz for brunch and another 12-16 or sometimes more for dinner. Dinner is by far my biggest meal.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 14, 2012
at 05:57 PM

Agreed, and he used the whole size of a deck of cards as a measuring standard.

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707342e3cb97e0fc088917919a154b8a

on July 14, 2012
at 06:26 PM

In my Paleofied household even my skinny-mini four year old (she's 35lbs soaking wet!) can put down close to a pound of meat, chicken, fish or seafood.

Even when we used to supplement our dinner with tons of rice, pasta and other non-Paleo starches we STILL consumed at least 2 lbs for the five of us (two adults and three kids under age 10), so that's an average of 6-7oz per person (with three of those persons weighing under 60 lbs!)-- now with fewer starches to supplement the meal, we're consuming upwards of 3 or 4 lbs per meal, especially for items that my kids LOVE like rib eye steaks.

I've never found serving sizes to be anything but suggestions; just another part of the same conventional and misguided wisdom that I tend to ignore ;)

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 14, 2012
at 08:10 PM

Most I have ever eaten of meat in a sitting was 2.25 lbs

707342e3cb97e0fc088917919a154b8a

(1657)

on July 14, 2012
at 09:49 PM

She doesn't eat a full pound, but she can come darn near close! She's a (teeny-tiny) beast-- she also super active: ice skates and plays soccer, plus all three of my kids spend most of their time outdoors in our backyard running around with the dogs or playing soccer year 'round (we live in FL)-- no Vitamin D shortage in this house!

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 14, 2012
at 06:38 PM

Love to hear about a meat eating family. Thats awesome to raise your kids right!

A2c38be4c54c91a15071f82f14cac0b3

(12682)

on July 14, 2012
at 07:53 PM

A pound of meat at 35lbs? Wow. Just calculated that as eating almost 3% of body weight. For me that would be 4 and a half pounds of meat. I'm impressed.

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on July 14, 2012
at 07:58 PM

I usually eat a 4 oz portion of animal protein with two meals a day. If I want a big steak or large portion of protein for some reason I have it but generally I try to eat less. I view my protein as a side or accompaniment not the main course. I try anyway. I'm not convinced we can regularly eat unlimited protein without at least some negative consequence.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on July 14, 2012
at 08:04 PM

I'll echo Shari's comments. I tend to aim for 4-6 ounces of animal product per meal. Animal protein is a balanced duet with my plants. Excess animal product (protein) doesn't do much except make for inefficient and expensive pee.

Paleo for me means sustainable and natural. 2+ pounds of meat daily is neither.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 14, 2012
at 08:09 PM

I am pretty sure grok would devour much more than 2+ pounds when he had access to it.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 14, 2012
at 08:24 PM

Hence, I am not a fan of snacking. I eat one small meal a day, and one big meal a day on most days.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on July 14, 2012
at 08:11 PM

Sure, but he'd also go days in between "meat-fests".

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089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on August 15, 2013
at 06:03 AM

This is a great thread! Glad im not the only one who shovels in a lb of meat in a sitting. Its expensive but its where most of my calories from since i am low carb. Meat digests like a freakin dream.

I have a 2.5 lb pork butt in the crockpot right now and that will last me two days exactly. Family members know its mine so they stay away muahahaha im possessive over my meat hehehehe geez i sound like a hyena.

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2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

on July 15, 2012
at 12:47 PM

These 3-4 oz portions are making me hungry!!

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 15, 2012
at 01:49 PM

they are like hors d'oeuvres!

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

(3043)

on July 15, 2012
at 04:52 PM

Either I Am a serious pig at 5'2 or people must be starving.

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5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on July 14, 2012
at 09:21 PM

Typically about 4 oz meat or fish per meal + 2-3 eggs along with it for breakfast. Occasionally a bit more in a snack. Aiming for @ 100 gms protein/day. Lots and lots of veg, fat to @ 60% of calories.

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on July 14, 2012
at 08:37 PM

Generally, 1-2 pounds of flesh. Though, I have absolutely put away 4-5 pounds of buffalo chicken wings, pork spare ribs, or pulled pork. . . .

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 14, 2012
at 08:38 PM

Solid. Way to be a carnivore!

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F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

(4266)

on July 14, 2012
at 08:33 PM

For me about 3/4lb is a decent serving. 1/2 a pound is kind of scant. A whole pound is a bit too much. I'm female, 47 years old.

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667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on July 14, 2012
at 05:50 PM

How many other servings throughout the day matter, no?

That being said, for me I never really eat less than 8 ounces of whatever animal I'm eating. Mostly that's chicken breast, pork tenderloin, or fish like tilapia or flounder. 8-10 ounces per meal does me well.

All told in a day I consume about 150-180 grams of protein.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 14, 2012
at 05:58 PM

I would say my daily total would be about 8 oz for brunch and another 12-16 or sometimes more for dinner. Dinner is by far my biggest meal.

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56c28e3654d4dd8a8abdb2c1f525202e

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on August 15, 2013
at 03:16 PM

It all depends how much proteins that is per day, no? I remain of the opinion that more than 20% will have long term consequences, unless your liver and kidneys are better than average. Most ethnic groups eat between 10 and 20%. More than 35%, you are in rabbit starvation territory. So it would be worth specifying how fat is the meat, and how much fat accompanies the meat, and what other sources of proteins are there, especially eggs.

I prefer fatty meat of course, and I will eat more of it if there is fat and root vegetables. It is difficult to eat one lb of liver in one sitting, but the last time I had pig shank I had two (so well over a lb), plus lots of greasy potatoes. In my youth I had unlimited access to oysters, and I would often eat 50 in one sitting, but on average I will eat 10oz in the winter and 6oz in summer, once a day, with mostly eggs the other time.

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Fa4b934bc224b17784fe0ee36d153dcd

on August 15, 2013
at 04:23 AM

This is an old question, but worth answering. Mark Sisson recommends 0.5-1g protein / lb lean body mass everyday. His ideal number was 0.7g, but since you're very active, you may want 1g. That's about all you can use so there's no point in eating more.

1lb of sockeye salmon has 96g of protein.

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/ethnic-foods/10460/2

Fa4b934bc224b17784fe0ee36d153dcd

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on August 15, 2013
at 04:49 AM

Man, you can really eat. Egg is 6g, chicken leg is 8g, bratwurst is 55g/lb, squash is 5g/lb, and broccoli is 13g/lb. That's a total of 121g of protein, or 0.89g/lb lean body mass. Probably ideal since you exercise a lot.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on August 15, 2013
at 01:06 PM

Oh, I left off 4 slices of bacon, and some dark chocolate.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on August 15, 2013
at 04:30 AM

Wll, I weigh 145, and have 136 lb of lean body mass, so I need a solid pound of meat per day. Btw, today I had 6 eggs, 5 tandoori chicken legs, 2/3 lb of German bratwurst, 1/2 lb of buttnut squash, and 1/2 lb steamed broccoli spread out over 3 meals.

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91f5be33a7ec9f59a5c528af3c75175d

on July 15, 2012
at 01:51 PM

Eat till your satisfied, I say I try to get about 100g protein in a day, but down to your own personnal hunger I guess :)

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7f8bc7ce5c34aae50408d31812c839b0

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on July 15, 2012
at 05:49 AM

I shoot for about 65 gms animal protein per day. About 1.5 oz is offal, the rest muscle meat. I eat meat once per day.

I try only to eat adequate protein as I believe there is evidence that excess protein is corellated with shorter lifespan.

I'm not VLC though, I'd eat more protein if I was. 80+ gms starch carbs per day. I try to get about 600 calories of carb + protein and the rest fat.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 15, 2012
at 01:46 PM

So you are still pretty low carb at 80g per day. I get about 150g per day, but I am extremely active. I also feel that due to that, my protein needs are greater, also going for at least 150g per day, or more.

7f8bc7ce5c34aae50408d31812c839b0

(2698)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Could be. I am quite sedentary normally with only occasional bursts of physicality. Although I've read that unless your really tearing up your muscles, protein demand does not increase that much with activity. I'm pretty much following the PHD.

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Eea6a68f5a7190d13c60e1c72417a581

(1376)

on July 15, 2012
at 04:36 AM

3-4 oz. we split a 5-8 oz piece of salmon or steak between two adults and a toddler. Even with a teenager now in the house I had tons of leftovers from two chicken (the only meat the ge will ear) breasts split 4 ways.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 15, 2012
at 01:48 PM

So you eat about like the person referenced in the original question. In the very rare occasion that I get chicken breast, I eat two myself.

Eea6a68f5a7190d13c60e1c72417a581

(1376)

on July 16, 2012
at 05:39 AM

Yeah meat fills me up fast w fat + veg. And the kids eat tortillas and rice too. Answers the paleo on a budget query though.

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61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on July 15, 2012
at 04:20 AM

The other night, I was particularly ravenous and, having the evening to myself, I purchased a lamb steak and a grass-fed beef rib eye. That is all I ate for dinner and it totaled a little over a pound prior to cooking.

Most meals, though, I will eat up to half a pound of meat accompanied by leafy greens and avocado or tomatoes.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 15, 2012
at 01:47 PM

I love a lamb steak for dinner with a side of grass-fed beef rib eye. Sounds tasty.

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Dc05f7b5ecb4f5e75629de932b155a72

on July 15, 2012
at 02:06 AM

The current portion size for meat is 3 ounces.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 15, 2012
at 03:30 AM

Are you stating that for yourself, or what you have read in nutritional propaganda?

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on July 14, 2012
at 08:17 PM

Generally a pound though I will go as low as 12 ounces.

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on July 14, 2012
at 05:51 PM

I remember reading in Dr. Atkins book (the 1972 version) something like "8oz of steak is only half a portion". I remember cheering.

(I probably didn't get that quote exactly right, but it's close. I'll go look it up if anyone really cares.)

I don't always eat a whole pound of meat, but having a 16oz steak is something I am known to do... especially because I digest meat better than anything else. 1 pound piece of meat split between three people? I'd be starving.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on July 14, 2012
at 06:02 PM

4 ounces of meat is what a lot of people say you should eat. Even the people who say that are many times eating more. 4 ounces is pretty small. The average american is eating way more than that per meal.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 14, 2012
at 05:57 PM

Agreed, and he used the whole size of a deck of cards as a measuring standard.

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