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Are you eating too much protein?

February 22, 2017

I hope you are doing well and had a great weekend!  It was cold and rainy here most of the weekend, so I took it as an opportunity to have a lazy weekend since I had such a busy week last week.  It was nice to relax and watch tv, but I did get some stuff done too.

With all of the different diets out there, especially low carb diets, I hear a lot of people talking about protein and making sure that they get enough protein.  The truth is that, with the exception of those who are doing vigorous exercise, lifting a lot, have a wound, or have an illness, most people are actually eating too much protein.  When we eat too much protein, just like with any other calories we consume that don't get used up, it will get stored as fat.

So, how much protein do you actually need?  Most people, except for those that I mentioned above, only need about .8-1.0g/kg.  And, you can figure out your weight in kg by dividing your weight in pounds by 2.2.  For example, if you weight 130 pounds, to find out an estimate of how much protein you need: 130/2.2=59.0, 59*.8-1.0=47-59g of protein/day.

The best sources of protein come from meat, poultry, fish, and seafood, but there are also some excellent vegetarian sources of protein too, such as beans, nuts, seeds,and high protein grains.  Everybody is different and different sources of protein will work better for some people than others.  I hope this information is helpful!

 

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