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How many grams of protein a day?

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Created June 03, 2012 at 11:06 PM

My roommate is constantly trying to find out how much protein should be eating, and has turned to the internet and asking people that give her conflicting answers. She's naturally thin (5'6" and 110), does yoga a few times a week, and works as a waitress in a big restaurant so she is pretty active at work. She asked a body building coach the other day that was sitting at one of her tables and she told her to "absolutely never eat bacon."

Any suggestions or good articles concerning the matter?

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I'm not a big Matt stone fan. I feel like he just tries to be contrarian so as to sell $20 ebooks.

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on June 04, 2012
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will certainly read that !

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on June 04, 2012
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Easiest I've found to actually eat and to remember is simply 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight every day. She weighs 110, she eats 110 grams protein daily. Nothing bad is going to happen if she doesn't but it's a good number to at least have in mind.

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It's working for her in the sense that she looks good, she just wants to make sure she's getting enough to be "healthy." While she does incorporate some healthy fats into her diet she is grossed out by the idea of a higher fat diet. Really, I'd say she eats a healthier version of the SAD.

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on June 04, 2012
at 03:27 AM

To build muscle, at least 1gm/lean body weight/day.

edit: in lbs. (sorry)

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on June 03, 2012
at 11:22 PM

People are all over the map with their protein intake. You're not going to find anything approaching a consensus. Some people do high protein, others do high fat. Some do low carb and others don't. Is your roommate's diet working for her? If not, what's she experiencing? She'll go nuts trying to get a consistent answer to the protein question. She will need to tweak the percentages of the three macronutrients until she finds something that feels right to her. And, that could very well include bacon. I enjoy bacon although I don't go out of my wat to eat it.

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on June 03, 2012
at 11:32 PM

It's working for her in the sense that she looks good, she just wants to make sure she's getting enough to be "healthy." While she does incorporate some healthy fats into her diet she is grossed out by the idea of a higher fat diet. Really, I'd say she eats a healthier version of the SAD.

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on July 02, 2012
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Morning meal is regarded as the most crucial meal among all. Essentially, it must have healthy foods low in fat plus containing more protein. Your protein consumption will need to keep on through the day. Our own gastrointestinal system creates aminos by simply breaking the proteins, and also your body makes use of them to remedy the muscles and also cells, and all of our internal organs hydrated. Serious weightlifters are specifically caring for the proteins plus the quantities they usually take. It's because proteins help them to create powerful muscle mass. For bodybuilders, a real high-protein breakfast is crucial.

Possibly the ideal protein source will be the chicken eggs. So how much protein do women need? The actual proteins present in eggs are extremely important mainly because they are members of the group of complete proteins. The particular proteins inside eggs are consequently broken into aminos. That egg yolk is as well highly useful mainly because of the proteins, fats and also HDL cholesterol contained in it. We think you really don’t need to have almost any recipes concerning how to prepare eggs, due to the fact just about everyone is able to make a good omelet as well as boiled eggs.

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on June 05, 2012
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Mark Sisson does a great piece no how you can calculate how much protein you need based on activity level. You can read it here. Quoted directly from his post Blockquote

Blockquote> At a minimum you need .5 grams of protein per pound of lean mass/per day on average to maintain your “structure”. If you are moderately active you need .7 or .8, and if you are an active athlete you need as much as 1 gram of protein per pound of lean mass. That’s at a minimum, but it’s on a daily average. So a 155 lb moderately active woman who has 25% body fat (and thus) has 116 lb of lean body mass needs 93 grams of protein on average per day (116 x .8). If she gets 60 or 80 some days and 110 on others, she’ll still be in a healthy average range. And even if she exceeds the 110, it’s no problem if she’s eating low carb because the excess protein will convert to glucose, which will reduce her effective carbohydrate needs (see below). At 4 calories per gram, that’s between 320 and 440 calories per day in protein. It’s not that much.

Read more: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/definitive-guide-to-the-primal-eating-plan/#ixzz1wsxYYPmeBlockquote

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on June 05, 2012
at 03:06 AM

She should listen to what her body wants. Eat protein first in the meal, then your fats and carbs. Anyone who denies humans the right to EAT BACON is insane!!!! I like the suggestion 110 grams a day, but really it is what her bod craves.

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on June 04, 2012
at 01:05 PM

Matt Stone argues that you need very little protein (compared to typical recommendations) if you are eating enough food in total. Also, one of his arguments related to this is that almost all food has protein so you probably don't need to specifically bother with calculating your intake.

One of his articles on this: http://180degreehealth.com/2012/05/how-much-protein-do-you-need-to-build-muscle

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I'm not a big Matt stone fan. I feel like he just tries to be contrarian so as to sell $20 ebooks.

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on June 04, 2012
at 01:32 AM

Whatever it takes to feel good. Human bodies and human needs are not cookie cutter creations. Eat real food. Listen to your body.

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on June 04, 2012
at 01:06 AM

You can't get a straight answer.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2129150/

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will certainly read that !

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on June 03, 2012
at 11:56 PM

It depends on what kind of activity they do etc. Like, when I was a long-distance runner I followed the old 40-30-30 schedule, where I derived 40% of my calories from Carbs, 30% from fats and 30% from protein. Now that I don't run distance anymore (I do crossfit) I honestly don't really pay that much attention to that anymore although I do keep up with calories and protein because I have a tendency not to get enough of either. NOw, today was an unusual day because I consumed about 2 oz of sparerib meat and 3 oz of ground beef (we made kefta) so I had a lot of fat according to the tracking system I use. I won't stress though, because tomorrow I will be back to "normal" (work week). Tell her a good tracker is www.cronometer.com. I like it a lot and it is easy to use, but if you forget to enter everything you eat it won't be accurate.

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on June 03, 2012
at 11:16 PM

I'm usually around .9 grams per pound of weight a day. I'm 5'7, 155 and very lean. Trying to slowly gain muscle though so I'm probably slightly higher than most.

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on June 07, 2012
at 03:10 PM

Our protein needs depend on our age, size, and activity level. The standard method used by nutritionists to estimate our minimum daily protein requirement is to multiply the body weight in kilograms by .8, or weight in pounds by .37. This is the number of grams of protein that should be the daily minimum. According to this method, a person weighing 150 lbs. should eat 55 grams of protein per day, a 200-pound person should get 74 grams, and a 250-pound person should eat 92 grams.

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