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How much meat per day?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 24, 2013 at 10:18 PM

I know using meat as a primary source of energy is healthy but I am wondering how much we are supposed to have? I'll eat meat probably two-three times a day. This works to about one pound per day (of chicken, turkey, fish, grass fed beef, etc. all wild caught/organic, etc.). I am about 140 pounds, 5'4, female, work out 4-6 times a week.

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on November 14, 2013
at 06:46 AM

Ha ha -- I'm your same exact size and also named Robyn. :)

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on January 25, 2013
at 02:59 AM

This is about exactly what I eat. I tend to eat meat once to twice a day, usually totaling half a pound. I tend to do better with a large breakfast with lots of meat and then I just graze on veggies and such for most of the day. (5'8 125 lbs)

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on January 25, 2013
at 02:19 AM

I think fat or carbs are more suitable as a primary energy source. Protein is for building/maintaining muscle (and other structures?) and is likely to be say 15-25% of calories.

In terms of amount, anywhere in the 0.5 pound to 1.5 pound range is probably ok. Stay lower for longevity, or higher in that range to build muscle. I suspect many people eat more protein than they need to, eating some protein (say 0.5 pound) and enough calories, together with working out should be enough to maintain your muscles.

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on January 25, 2013
at 01:53 AM

I also eat meat 3 times a day, but in pretty small amounts -- probably comes out to about 1/2 pound a day. However I also get protein from cheese, about 2 oz a day, and I eat 2 eggs a day. I try to keep my total protein below 20%. (also 5' 4', currently at 120)

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on January 25, 2013
at 02:59 AM

This is about exactly what I eat. I tend to eat meat once to twice a day, usually totaling half a pound. I tend to do better with a large breakfast with lots of meat and then I just graze on veggies and such for most of the day. (5'8 125 lbs)

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on November 14, 2013
at 06:46 AM

Ha ha -- I'm your same exact size and also named Robyn. :)

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on November 14, 2013
at 02:30 PM

Male 26, 6' 2" 148lbs

I eat about a pound or a day, counting eggs. Usually about 4-6 oz. per meal 2 meaty meals per day. the rest of the day i sorta sneak hard boiled eggs in as snacks. I am making some slow lean gains, but i added in a lot of added fats.

I go off of what seems to keep me energized and my body regular

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on November 14, 2013
at 01:11 PM

Meat (protein) should not be your primary energy source, it's expensive, inefficient, (often) unsustainable, and hard on your biochemical machinery. Energy sources are fats and carbs. You can get fats with your protein sources and of course that will be used for energy. But eating meat to meet your energy needs is just a crappy idea.

1 pound of meat is more than enough to meet protein requirements, in fact, in a healthy varied diet, 8 ounces of meat is likely sufficient for protein needs. Because you're getting a shitton of veggies in too right? Lots of protein there. With your level of activity you need carbohydrate as well to spare lean mass.

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on January 25, 2013
at 05:11 AM

At least 2g/kg lean body mass.

The harder you train, and the lower your calorie deprivation for fat loss goals, the higher, up to 2.5-3.0g/kg LBM.

Meat is satiating, lean mass preserving, and is least likely to be converted to bodyfat.

If you don't fill your calories with protein, they'll come from carbs or fat.

High fat, moderate protein (20%:80%/protein/fat, percent calories) is fine if you are not trying to keep a deep calorie deprivation going to lose body fat while preserving lean mass.

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on January 24, 2013
at 10:52 PM

I believe that the most common recommendation I've heard is that women should eat 4-6 oz of protein per meal. However, I'd say eat what works for you. Is your body composition where you want it to be? Do you have energy? Are you eating tasty plant matter? If it ain't broken, don't fix it.

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