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# Protein too much or not enough?

Created February 13, 2012 at 4:04 PM

I stopped measuring my food because it was getting annoying - but now I feel like I'm eating way too much protein. I calculate that I'm suppose to eat about 70 grams per day but that leaves me feeling still hungry. Sometime I eat about 70g of protein a meal- I am constantly craving chicken so that is what I eat the most. I go to CrossFit 5-6 times a week I am trying to lean out and drop my body fat/ so my body comp is better.
Any suggestions as to how to do this? Am I eating too much protein?

I am about 5'11 female And 175lbs.

edit: too nla

(3280)

on February 21, 2012
at 11:45 PM

Oh, and, Happy Birthday! :: party horn ::

(3280)

on February 21, 2012
at 11:44 PM

Ha! The last thing you are is slow, Nance...! :)

(37227)

on February 18, 2012
at 05:23 PM

Ah! That explains the difference although I think TeaElf is looking at total body weight and I was calculating lean body mass and then calculating my protein needs. I'll do more reading--I just had my 65th birthday, you know, so I'm a little slow. :-))

(37227)

on February 18, 2012
at 05:22 PM

Ah, that's the difference! Sorry. So in this case I now agree with the numbers TeaElf gave above although she's using total body weight and the HealthStatus calculator I used calculates lean body mass and I'd then need to use .37 vs .8. I get it now--just had my 65th birthday, you know, so I'm a little slow. :-))

(3280)

on February 16, 2012
at 09:54 PM

(I don't mean to sound disrespectful, Nance; I only just realized I've been using the formula wrong myself.)

(3280)

on February 16, 2012
at 09:40 PM

But you're doing the math as .8 per lb; it's .8 per *kilogram*, which = 2.2 lbs. So it's actually closer to what about.com has.

(3280)

on February 16, 2012
at 09:38 PM

Sorry; I meant light activity for me at 5'10"! But I looked over at lowcarbdiets.about.com; they say "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." So that's minimum.

(37227)

on February 15, 2012
at 03:54 PM

HealthStatus says your lean mass is between 118 and 122; even at .8g you'd need 94-100g.

(37227)

on February 15, 2012
at 03:49 PM

Also, some calculate by total body weight and others by lean mass--it won't make much difference unless you're overweight which I am so I calculate lean mass.

(37227)

on February 15, 2012
at 03:48 PM

Cross Fit 5-6 days per week would not be light activity! I think that's the difference. "Light" activity would be more like walking around and mild physical tasks. The more you do, the more protein you need. Sedentary folks like me could do fine with .5-.8 but I think you'd need at least 1g. Weightlifters can need up to 5g per lb of lean mass.

(3280)

on February 15, 2012
at 05:07 AM

I thought it was about .8 gram of protein per kilogram, which is 2.2 lbs? This is the number I see over and over in the wild, though I often see it confused with a gram per pound. At http://www.healthcalculators.org/calculators/protein.asp, I come up with no more than 80 g per day for light activity at 5'10".

(5)

on February 13, 2012
at 04:35 PM

Thanks I thought I was miscalculating but wasn't sure I'll recalculate - thanks

(4134)

on February 13, 2012
at 04:12 PM

Wakegrl, one ounce of cooked meat is 6-7 grams of protein. There are many views as to how much protein a person needs. It is a subject of much discussion. The folks at the Dirty Carnivores Forum have some good info on this: http://forum.dirtycarnivore.com/index.php

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on March 26, 2012
at 07:30 PM

Wait, why are you hitting CrossFit 5-6 days a week? 5-6 days of CrossFit is too much!! Keeping your body in an elevated stress level will work against you. Remove a couple of days for CrossFit and go on some long walks, or practice yoga, or better yet go play! The weight will come off on its own, increasing the amount strenuous activity will only lead to problems. To maintain that energy expenditure you will have to take down quite a bit of food, not to mention you are never going to allow your muscles to repair from the previous workout (bad news!). I'd say slow down a bit, limit you strenuous activity to no more than 4 days (2-3 ideal) and fill those other days with either some high intensity sprints of some sort and lots of leisurely walking and moving about. Don't fight your body to lose weight.

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(942)

on March 26, 2012
at 06:58 PM

You say you're craving chicken and craving more protein in general? Am I understanding this correctly? If you're cross-fitting, you're body is going to need high quality protein to rebuild the muscles you're busting through and creating.

If you're not feeling full after you eat... I have to ask -- are you eating enough carbs to fuel your activity, and how much fat are you eating? Fat is what will make you feel fuller, longer.

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(78467)

on March 12, 2012
at 05:30 PM

Given that the symptoms of "too much protein" include nausea I'd really be surprised if you were getting too much.

I wouldn't get all my protein from meat personally. I've been eating more waxy potatoes (which are higher in protein than russets) and usually dissolve some gelatin in my coffee ala Ray Peat. The meat cravings I was having went down quite drastically from this.

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(37227)

on February 13, 2012
at 04:09 PM

My first question would be, are you measuring the protein weight of the chicken or the total weight? Most meat includes some fat, so you have to eat more to reach the protein goal.

Now, I think you have mis-calculated somewhere. I am 5'4" and I calculated my desired lean mass is around 99 pounds (more right now, but I'm working on that.) So, at about 1g per pound I need between 80 and 100g of protein.

I used the HealthStatus Lean Body Mass Calculator.

(37227)

on February 15, 2012
at 03:54 PM

HealthStatus says your lean mass is between 118 and 122; even at .8g you'd need 94-100g.

(5)

on February 13, 2012
at 04:35 PM

Thanks I thought I was miscalculating but wasn't sure I'll recalculate - thanks

(37227)

on February 15, 2012
at 03:48 PM

Cross Fit 5-6 days per week would not be light activity! I think that's the difference. "Light" activity would be more like walking around and mild physical tasks. The more you do, the more protein you need. Sedentary folks like me could do fine with .5-.8 but I think you'd need at least 1g. Weightlifters can need up to 5g per lb of lean mass.

(3280)

on February 16, 2012
at 09:38 PM

Sorry; I meant light activity for me at 5'10"! But I looked over at lowcarbdiets.about.com; they say "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." So that's minimum.

(37227)

on February 15, 2012
at 03:49 PM

Also, some calculate by total body weight and others by lean mass--it won't make much difference unless you're overweight which I am so I calculate lean mass.

(3280)

on February 15, 2012
at 05:07 AM

I thought it was about .8 gram of protein per kilogram, which is 2.2 lbs? This is the number I see over and over in the wild, though I often see it confused with a gram per pound. At http://www.healthcalculators.org/calculators/protein.asp, I come up with no more than 80 g per day for light activity at 5'10".

(3280)

on February 16, 2012
at 09:54 PM

(I don't mean to sound disrespectful, Nance; I only just realized I've been using the formula wrong myself.)

(3280)

on February 16, 2012
at 09:40 PM

But you're doing the math as .8 per lb; it's .8 per *kilogram*, which = 2.2 lbs. So it's actually closer to what about.com has.

(37227)

on February 18, 2012
at 05:22 PM

Ah, that's the difference! Sorry. So in this case I now agree with the numbers TeaElf gave above although she's using total body weight and the HealthStatus calculator I used calculates lean body mass and I'd then need to use .37 vs .8. I get it now--just had my 65th birthday, you know, so I'm a little slow. :-))

(37227)

on February 18, 2012
at 05:23 PM

Ah! That explains the difference although I think TeaElf is looking at total body weight and I was calculating lean body mass and then calculating my protein needs. I'll do more reading--I just had my 65th birthday, you know, so I'm a little slow. :-))

(3280)

on February 21, 2012
at 11:44 PM

Ha! The last thing you are is slow, Nance...! :)

(3280)

on February 21, 2012
at 11:45 PM

Oh, and, Happy Birthday! :: party horn ::