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What is "moderate protein" for me?

Commented on August 25, 2013
Created August 25, 2013 at 1:30 PM

I'm starting to wonder if my protein intake is too high, and if I brought it down, while increasing my fat, if it could help me shed a little more weight. I know a lot of people espouse the high fat/moderate protein/low carb sort of eating plan.

How do I figure out what "moderate protein" is for my body? Can I figure it out, at least approximately, without counting calories overall? (I hate counting calories, and think that if I started adding ratios, I'd go nuts.)

I'm 40 years old female, 5'6, 155 lbs. I don't exercise formally, but I'm not sedentary: I've got two young kids and I teach, so I spend most of my days on my feet. I also do squats and some body-weight exercises for my arms a few times a week. I'm not looking to be skinny, but another 10-15 lbs would probably be great to take off my frame.

Thanks for any input, Stacey

UPDATE with typical food (I don't keep track of quantities, but tend to fill my plate but not go back for seconds):

everyday breakfast: 2 over easy eggs mixed with grass-fed ground beef

typical lunch: veggies (salad or leftovers) and meat (eg: grilled chicken thighs, applegate farms grass-fed hot dogs, meatballs) and some sort of fat (usually avocado, or homemade mayo, maybe mixed with sriracha to make a dipping sauce)

typical dinner: meat (eg: grilled chicken thighs, pork chops, salmon), at least two veggies, like sauteed cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, zucchini, mushrooms... and some sort of fat like lunch

Typically, I stay away from grains, but occasionally will eat some white rice, or corn tortillas. Beverages are water and coffee every day, wine or tequila sometimes.

I don't usually snack.

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on August 25, 2013
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Totally agree. No desire to be skinny here. :)

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on August 25, 2013
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Thanks for the reminder--I would've made the same comment on someone else's post! :)

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Plus, women shouldn't want to be skinny--skinny is unhealthy. We should want to be strong, athletic, and toned.

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on August 25, 2013
at 01:32 PM

Why don't you give an example of what you eat on a semi-regular basis?

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on August 25, 2013
at 02:13 PM

Conventionally,

FOr active individual--it's .7-1g per body weight lb. For sedentary-- .5 gram g per body weight

For you--77 grams.

If you start strength training, I would recommend adding more.

C2450eb7fa11b37473599caf93b461ef

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on August 25, 2013
at 05:59 PM

Totally agree. No desire to be skinny here. :)

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on August 25, 2013
at 02:14 PM

Plus, women shouldn't want to be skinny--skinny is unhealthy. We should want to be strong, athletic, and toned.

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