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# Another Q about calories; necessary for fat loss?

Created August 07, 2012 at 1:20 AM

(I probably annoy you guys with all of these, lol)

My gym owner convinced me to go paleo, which was one of the best thing I ever did for myself (obviously). The gym has a "fat truck" that comes by every 3 months to accurately measure BF and all that, equipped with the # of calories needed at a resting / active rate to lose fat.

The thing that confuses me is, I am told to get in 100g -120g of protein a day, which seems like a lot to me, or more than I was used to, anyway. So if I take in at least around 40g/protein a day, the calories (somewhat) come out to 400-500/meal, which would out-do my calorie range of 1400 (resting) [maybe not so much the 1700 (active)/day]

My nutritionist (also my gym owner) assured me that calories wouldn't be an issue in this lifestyle, or for fat loss.

So what gives?

Should I stick to the calorie range I was given, or as long as I am eating paleo, will it matter?

(9402)

on August 07, 2012
at 04:06 PM

@paleono: 4 ounces = 113 grams. That would include water (0 calories per gram), carbs (4 calories per gram), protein (4 calories per gram) and fat (9 calories per gram). If it includes 21g of protein, then 21*4=84 of the 240 calories is protein. There is likely no carbs, so the remaining 156 calories would be 17g of fat (17*9=153). Then the remaining 75g would be water (0 calories). Make sense?

(789)

on August 07, 2012
at 01:59 PM

*Freezes in awe* I apologize if I am so naive to this, but, what do you mean that's counting protein and fat?

(9402)

on August 07, 2012
at 12:55 PM

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=how+many+calories+in+1+gram+of+protein

(70)

on August 07, 2012
at 05:16 AM

You're reading it wrong. 4 oz of meat might be 240 calories...but that's counting protein and fat.

(789)

on August 07, 2012
at 04:13 AM

Q : Trader Joe's grass feed beef says 4oz is 240 calories and 21g/protein? Or am I reading that wrong?

(7275)

on August 07, 2012
at 01:56 AM

Mike T is correct. It is 4 kcal per g.

(15976)

on August 07, 2012
at 01:43 AM

40 grams of protein is only 120 calories. There three calories per gram of protein. Same for carbohydrate. Fat, however, has 9.

(15976)

on August 07, 2012
at 01:42 AM

I thought it was 3 calories per gram of protein.

(41)

on August 07, 2012
at 01:39 AM

^^^^ Truth ^^^^

(789)
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(9402)

on August 07, 2012
at 01:34 AM

1 gram of protein = 4 calories.

(41)

on August 07, 2012
at 01:39 AM

^^^^ Truth ^^^^

(15976)

on August 07, 2012
at 01:42 AM

I thought it was 3 calories per gram of protein.

(7275)

on August 07, 2012
at 01:56 AM

Mike T is correct. It is 4 kcal per g.

(789)

on August 07, 2012
at 04:13 AM

Q : Trader Joe's grass feed beef says 4oz is 240 calories and 21g/protein? Or am I reading that wrong?

(70)

on August 07, 2012
at 05:16 AM

You're reading it wrong. 4 oz of meat might be 240 calories...but that's counting protein and fat.

(789)

on August 07, 2012
at 01:59 PM

*Freezes in awe* I apologize if I am so naive to this, but, what do you mean that's counting protein and fat?

(9402)

on August 07, 2012
at 04:06 PM

@paleono: 4 ounces = 113 grams. That would include water (0 calories per gram), carbs (4 calories per gram), protein (4 calories per gram) and fat (9 calories per gram). If it includes 21g of protein, then 21*4=84 of the 240 calories is protein. There is likely no carbs, so the remaining 156 calories would be 17g of fat (17*9=153). Then the remaining 75g would be water (0 calories). Make sense?

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(1644)

on August 07, 2012
at 01:47 AM

The idea is that counting calories shouldn't be necessary with highly satiating foods and an improved understanding of the signals your body is sending you, e.g., "full", "hungry", "OH MY GOD I WANT THAT ICE CREAM SO BADLY".