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How much protein do you eat?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 17, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Upping my intake of protein has had dramatic results for me - in a good way, protein is so much satiating then carbs!

So how much protein does everyone else eat here? How often do you include it in your daily meals? And specifically what type of proteins do you eat? Just curious.

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on February 22, 2013
at 04:06 PM

Yeah I agree on that for sure; well at the moment anyway. I am vlc but only relatively recently and I know my cardio-based performance has dwindled. I think vlc is favoured by the slow and steady goals. That and weight loss.

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on February 19, 2013
at 09:03 PM

26 and extremely active. Even rest days I do a lot of yoga, foam rolling, and liss movement. I can see where vlc could help people lose weight, but in my experience, attempting a vlc diet when you aren't trying to lose weight but are trying to perform at your peak is suicidal.

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on February 19, 2013
at 12:33 PM

I have trouble waking up several times each night. But I can usually fall back to sleep again within, say, 20 minutes.

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on February 19, 2013
at 12:01 PM

Waow, that's really interesting! What age are you and what is your ativity level like? Perhaps you should post your question as a main question on the forum. I for one would be interested in the responses!

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on February 18, 2013
at 01:04 PM

Did you have trouble falling asleep or waking up several times each night?

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on February 18, 2013
at 12:59 AM

I am very satisfied with my current version of high carb paleo. I eat around 500g/day, enjoy incredible energy, affect, mental clarity, sleep, and single digit body fat. When I first began eating paleo I went through a vlc phase which resulted in fatigue, weekend binges, and loss of libido. Eating lots of potatoes, bananas, fruit, and homemade juices/smoothies quickly fixed these problems. I switched from SAD to a whole foods diet 6 years ago, cut out most grains and legumes (read: became paleo) 2 years ago, and have been high carb (lots of starch) for a little over a year.

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on February 18, 2013
at 12:45 AM

Sorry for the confusion - this was just a general question. I agree about listening to your body - much easier when you are feeding it real food.

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on February 17, 2013
at 05:00 PM

You used some bacon? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSReSGe200A Good man.

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on February 17, 2013
at 04:59 PM

How long have you been on this food plan? How has it changed your health and stats?

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on February 17, 2013
at 02:17 PM

+1 for eating to satiation, aka LISTENING TO YOUR BODY.

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on February 17, 2013
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Fish/shellfish is my only source of animal protein. I typically eat two small fillets per day. 60-80g protein (usually in the sixties).

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C68f0b374156e5ce7a9b8358232bfed0

on February 17, 2013
at 09:48 AM

Is this a general interest question, asking us Paleohacks how much we eat or are you wishing to know how much you should eat?

For the former: I eat until I am satisfied. I try to keep within a macro ratio of 10/20/70 carbs/protein/fat but also keep the calories at a reasonable level. Some days I will eat under the 20%, some days, I will overshoot; like yesterday when I randomly craved chicken and so bought, roasted and ate a whole one. I loved every second of it. I'd rather eat when I am hungry and feed my body what it wants than force food or starve (unless I am IFing then I am starving, except I'm not. I only ellicit that response, I don't feel it).

For the latter: It depends on your goals but most people would say 1g of protein per 1lb of LEAN body mass. It's averaged out as 1g as there are suggestions it should be 0.8g and some say 1.2. Again, some also say that's too much, some would argue it should be 1g of protein per KILOGRAM of LEAN body mass.

If it is the latter and you are you just starting out or have been doing it a while but haven't found the right ratio, keep at it. Play with your food and see what makes sense for you. You'll find your body will tell you what it needs...eventually. Took me long enough!

EDIT: Remember it's 1g per X amount of PROTEIN not meat. About 1/3 of your meat will be non-protein (water, fibre etc).

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on February 17, 2013
at 02:17 PM

+1 for eating to satiation, aka LISTENING TO YOUR BODY.

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on February 18, 2013
at 12:45 AM

Sorry for the confusion - this was just a general question. I agree about listening to your body - much easier when you are feeding it real food.

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on February 17, 2013
at 10:42 AM

Probably around 15% calories- 100g give or take. A little bit more than the average, which is around 12% (pretty uniformly).

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on February 17, 2013
at 06:40 PM

I eat about 50-60 grams of carbohydrates, 90-100 grams of protein and whatever fat that comes with meat and cooking (ghee, coconut oil). I am 5'7" and 153 lbs, fairly active lifestyle. I used to consume about 60-70 grams of protein and 80-90 grams carbohydrates but I needed to reduce carbohydrates to keep GERD under control. Upping my protein intake yielded one unexpected benefit: I sleep somewhat better and my BPH (yeah, I'm an old man ;-)) is quieter.

Oh, about 25 grams of my daily protein intake comes from a vegan protein supplement (since I cannot handle dairy I don't want to try whey protein supplements).

_Lazza

Ed0cb30f40daff568778b776b2a5a81d

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on February 18, 2013
at 01:04 PM

Did you have trouble falling asleep or waking up several times each night?

75d65450b6ff0be7b969fb321f1200ac

(2506)

on February 19, 2013
at 12:33 PM

I have trouble waking up several times each night. But I can usually fall back to sleep again within, say, 20 minutes.

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on February 17, 2013
at 03:28 PM

Anyone know of quality research on the protein sparing effects of carbohydrate? Ive heard from several sources that starch based diets require significantly less PRO and that VLC diets require (obviously) increased PRO. Anecdotally, since ive switched to eating several pounds of potatoes alongside several pounds of fruit every day my cravings for high protein foods has plummeted to near zero. At 180lbs 6'4" and very active I probably eat around 100g/day, consciously more when I HIIT/climb/sprint/lift.

C68f0b374156e5ce7a9b8358232bfed0

(637)

on February 19, 2013
at 12:01 PM

Waow, that's really interesting! What age are you and what is your ativity level like? Perhaps you should post your question as a main question on the forum. I for one would be interested in the responses!

C68f0b374156e5ce7a9b8358232bfed0

(637)

on February 17, 2013
at 04:59 PM

How long have you been on this food plan? How has it changed your health and stats?

7fb5e7849c5d9d8ebdfa9d36786b1fe9

(178)

on February 18, 2013
at 12:59 AM

I am very satisfied with my current version of high carb paleo. I eat around 500g/day, enjoy incredible energy, affect, mental clarity, sleep, and single digit body fat. When I first began eating paleo I went through a vlc phase which resulted in fatigue, weekend binges, and loss of libido. Eating lots of potatoes, bananas, fruit, and homemade juices/smoothies quickly fixed these problems. I switched from SAD to a whole foods diet 6 years ago, cut out most grains and legumes (read: became paleo) 2 years ago, and have been high carb (lots of starch) for a little over a year.

7fb5e7849c5d9d8ebdfa9d36786b1fe9

(178)

on February 19, 2013
at 09:03 PM

26 and extremely active. Even rest days I do a lot of yoga, foam rolling, and liss movement. I can see where vlc could help people lose weight, but in my experience, attempting a vlc diet when you aren't trying to lose weight but are trying to perform at your peak is suicidal.

C68f0b374156e5ce7a9b8358232bfed0

(637)

on February 22, 2013
at 04:06 PM

Yeah I agree on that for sure; well at the moment anyway. I am vlc but only relatively recently and I know my cardio-based performance has dwindled. I think vlc is favoured by the slow and steady goals. That and weight loss.

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on February 17, 2013
at 02:29 PM

When I'm eating normally, I get between 50-70g per day, with a total calorie intake of 1200-1400 calories.

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on February 17, 2013
at 02:07 PM

i usually try & keep it low due to all the literature ive read about the benefits of fasting & low protein, but some days ill have lots of protein

i think this makes sense to the paleo way of life aswell, there would be times of low protein (unsuccessful hunting) and times of high protein (successful hunting)

yesterday i had no breakfast or lunch, walked a vigorous ten miles with no hunger at all, then that night when i got hungry i ate 4 lamb chops, 3 eggs, 4 rashers of bacon, all smothered in butter, and felt the strongest & healthiest i have ever felt in my life

at the end of the meal there was loads of fat & blood at the bottom of the bowl, i felt like i wanted a bit of bread to mop it up, then i used a bit of bacon, after that i didn't miss bread at all!

C68f0b374156e5ce7a9b8358232bfed0

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on February 17, 2013
at 05:00 PM

You used some bacon? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSReSGe200A Good man.

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