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How much protein should I eat?

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Created June 07, 2012 at 7:19 PM

CONFUSED NEWBIE!!! I'm getting so many different answers. As far as I know.. I'm 20 years old female, weighing 165, height 5'6"-7" and my ideal weight is 130 pounds. I'm trying to do HIGH fat, MOD protein, LOW carb. I was told to eat 1 gram of protein per IDEAL weight. So, I should be eating 130 grams of protein?

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on July 23, 2012
at 02:47 PM

I'd agree with raise on this one. Those numbers are pretty low. Try 0.8 grams protein per pound of bodyweight if you wanna err on the low side but I can't really think there's anything problematic with one gram per pound bodyweight.

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on July 23, 2012
at 01:46 PM

Those numbers are substantially lower than anyone but a vegetarian would recommend.

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on July 23, 2012
at 01:45 PM

Are you doing cardio to lose weight or because you generally enjoy it? If you enjoy it, then do it some, but not as much as you have been. Try mixig in some sprint intervals, as it will boost your weightloss more than slow steadystate cardi.

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on July 23, 2012
at 11:49 AM

More protein = more satiation. It's even more satiating than fat.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on July 23, 2012
at 11:47 AM

It's more what we evolved to do as far as activity. Lots of cardio just makes you hungry. It doesn't burn significant calories, and it doesn't build muscle.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on July 23, 2012
at 11:43 AM

Skip the hour of cardio, do 20 minutes of weights every other or every third day. Walk for fun if you want, don't do the jogging. Sprint hard once a week.

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on June 07, 2012
at 10:57 PM

There is always going to be a 100 different answers and never one that will be correct. You just have to shoot for a range that is in the general area for your goals. Try to stay over 100grams/day and not more than 200 is good enough. Track it and fiddle with it and you will work out what works for you now, and this will probably change as you get further down the track. Good luck!

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on June 07, 2012
at 07:40 PM

I try to do 1 hour of cardio a day, but it's not intense. Maybe jog for a little, briskly walk-incline, sprint a little.

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on June 07, 2012
at 07:28 PM

Your body is pretty good at dealing with both extremes (too much and too little) of protein. So it's not something to worry about too much. If you're trying to pack on the muscle, you'll want to have much more so that you have building blocks for new muscle, but otherwise your body will recycle old protein. I generally follow the 1g/lb of body weight, but only roughly and it works well for me. The 1g/lb of ideal body weight is also good, and it's not that much different in your case. The difference between having 130g and 165g of protein a day isn't worth worrying about. I think the general reason these rules are made is that if you eat a significant hunk of protein and fill the rest in with fat then you'll be satisfied and weight will drop without losing lean body mass. I'd say you'll want to make sure you're getting somewhere in the 100-200g of protein a day, but don't stress on getting more accurate than that. Fill up the rest of your diet with fat and have minimal carbs and you should drop weight pretty quickly. (If you start any high-intensity exercise, you'll need to increase the carbs, but you don't mention if that's in your plan or not).

John Welbourne is all about tons of protein.

Nora Gegaudous is all about less protein.

I think they're both right.

D4c89ca3737e028dfa9021c977abb5e2

(26)

on June 07, 2012
at 07:40 PM

I try to do 1 hour of cardio a day, but it's not intense. Maybe jog for a little, briskly walk-incline, sprint a little.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on July 23, 2012
at 11:43 AM

Skip the hour of cardio, do 20 minutes of weights every other or every third day. Walk for fun if you want, don't do the jogging. Sprint hard once a week.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on July 23, 2012
at 11:49 AM

More protein = more satiation. It's even more satiating than fat.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 23, 2012
at 01:45 PM

Are you doing cardio to lose weight or because you generally enjoy it? If you enjoy it, then do it some, but not as much as you have been. Try mixig in some sprint intervals, as it will boost your weightloss more than slow steadystate cardi.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on July 23, 2012
at 11:47 AM

It's more what we evolved to do as far as activity. Lots of cardio just makes you hungry. It doesn't burn significant calories, and it doesn't build muscle.

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on July 23, 2012
at 11:38 AM

Addititionally there is yet another formula, that takes into account the persons weight. You simply divide your bodyweight (measured in lbs) by 2 and then take 10 away from that number. You can claim that this particular formula is more effective, yet it doesn???t consider the life style. Physically dynamic individuals need far more proteins, such as, bodybuilders. How much protein do you need every day? The reason being muscle tissues have a tendency to are damaged when you do exercises. Proteins are after that required to fix the muscular tissues.

The exercising has a vital part in the quantity of proteins we require a day. Generally, the quantity can vary from 0.4 to 1.8 gr for every kilo of the body weight. Therefore, if an individual weights 100 kgs the needs for proteins are going to be from 40 to 180 gr determined by the diet and lifestyle. You may imagine, 40 gr meant for less active style, and 180 g for individuals that are quite physically active. Each of the quantities between the above numbers are usually for those who are in the typical life style. Consequently it would be the best to keep the figures anywhere between 50 up to 80 g of proteins each and every day. Then again, it won???t be negative to have a shorter discussion with your personal doctor.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on July 23, 2012
at 02:47 PM

I'd agree with raise on this one. Those numbers are pretty low. Try 0.8 grams protein per pound of bodyweight if you wanna err on the low side but I can't really think there's anything problematic with one gram per pound bodyweight.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 23, 2012
at 01:46 PM

Those numbers are substantially lower than anyone but a vegetarian would recommend.

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on June 08, 2012
at 01:58 AM

Yes, assuming you are including HIIT exercise

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on June 07, 2012
at 08:09 PM

The daily need for protein ranges from .5 to 1.0 grams/pound of lean body mass depending on activity level (sedentary to very active). Athletes in training might need 1.5 g/lb/day.

At your ideal weight, assuming 20% bodyfat, you're looking at an upper limit of ~100 grams/day.

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on June 07, 2012
at 07:39 PM

Why not shoot for a range and try to fall in somewhere between 0.6 to 1.2 grams of protein per lb of ideal body weight, track how you feel and respond to different levels. I'm not sure what your goals are but see how various levels within that range help or hinder progress towards your goals. There is no magic number for everybody, you'll just have to experiment and see how you feel/respond.

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