Take a tour
invite your friends
- Select Menu -
Invite your friends
How much protein should I consume each day?
According the the food pyramid, I'm supposed to consume 5.5 cups of meat and beans a day, based on a 2,000 calorie diet. What I'd also like to know is how many grams of protein I"m supposed to consume. I'm not looking to do the high protein/low carb diet, I just want to have a ball park idea of what is the right amount. Any ideas?
Wed. Oct 26, 9:23pm
a deck of cards is one serving of meat and i think youre supposed to have 2-3 of those a day dont quote me but im pretty sure
Wednesday, October 26, 2005, 9:46 PM
I've heard that you're supposed to get any where from 20-35% of your calories from protein. So if you're aiming for 1800 calories a day, you want to get from 360 to 630 calories a day from protein. Since each gram of protein has 4 calories, that's 90-157 grams of protein a day - a lot!
Thursday, October 27, 2005, 5:58 AM
They (at the food pyramid) say 20-30% of your diet should be protein, by calorie, but remember, protein is a very low calorie food!
Shoot for 50g of protein for a 2000 calorie diet.
If you're trying to body build, they go up to 1g of protein per pound of body weight! (That is SO hard to do.)
Thursday, October 27, 2005, 10:13 PM
If you lift weights and are active in the gym you need more protein then what they recommend
Thursday, October 27, 2005, 11:53 PM
Protein isn't THAT low calorie.
Each gram of protein has 4 calories.
Each gram of carbs has 4 calories.
Each gram of fat has 9 calories.
On a 2000/day calorie diet, 20-30% of your calories from protein is 100-150 grams of protein a day (2000 calories x 20% = 400 calories should be from protein. 400 calories divided by 4 calories per gram of protein = 100 grams of protein).
Protein makes you feel full! You'll eat less other stuff if you can eat more protein. Just make sure it's lean (chicken, ham, tofu, cottage cheese), so you're not getting a lot of fat along with it.
Friday, October 28, 2005, 5:51 AM
I normally have a protein smoothie for breakfast along with toast for fiber. The protein powder says it has 25g of protein per scoop and states that's about %50. I'm a vegetarian, so I find it helpful to have the smoothie to make sure I get all my protein. You can also mix the stuff with milk or water and it comes in different flavors, chocolate or vanilla are good. I find it helps me get one of my fruit servings in too.
Friday, October 28, 2005, 10:03 AM
What brand of protein powder are you using? I have had lots of trouble finding one that I actually liked the taste of.
Friday, October 28, 2005, 10:29 AM
Here's a cool protein calculator that takes into account your age, gender, and activity level.
Friday, October 28, 2005, 1:24 PM
I forget the brand name of the powder I use, it's a soy powder and I use the unflavored kind, but I blend it with fruit and pure cranberry juice and it wort of masks the flavor. The smoothie tastes a little grainy/chalky, but I know I need the protein, so deal with it.
I'll check the brand name when I get home tonight
Friday, October 28, 2005, 2:00 PM
Oops! I mean SORT of, not wort of. I hope this doesn't inspire a posting about spell checking LOL :)
Friday, October 28, 2005, 2:02 PM
Thanks for posting the link to the Protein Calculator.
Love the protein calculator. Didn't realize the more active you are the more protein you need. I always thought I was eating enough, but I see by the results you have to increase on workout days.
Friday, October 28, 2005, 11:54 PM
Improving the taste of most protein drinks
I usually add 1 1/2 cups of water to 1 scoop of powder. The extra 1/2 cup of water makes it so much better. Then I add a few shakes of cinnamon, some shavings of fresh nutmeg, and 1/2 a tablespoon of cocoa powder.
Saturday, October 29, 2005, 12:02 AM
What happens to you if you don't eat enough protein?
I know I don't get enough. Even, now that I'm trying, I hardly get enough protein. I eat too much fruit/veggies/bread.
Sunday, October 30, 2005, 3:56 PM
I am not certain the exact amount needed for a daily intake of protein. The calculator above may be a good way to customize a plan. It certainly would need to be based on your body size and your amount of muscle mass.
But, once you find out the amount in grams, it is very good to divide this up. The body can only use on average 15 grams at a time (a meal). So, over eating protein is going to 1. be turned into a form of stored energy (fat) and 2. be extra unnecessary work on your kidneys.
Extra Tip: If you find you are craving sugar... you may be in need of more protein. Try eating some protein and you'll more than likely stop wanting the sweets as much.
Sunday, March 28, 2010, 9:30 PM
Two interesting links for you to consider regarding protein...
Just thought I'd post something different about "protein" for some of you to think about. I know this isn't for everyone... but just consider...
this one is from a PT member's blog...
Healthy Girl's Kitchen: The Great Protein Myth
and this one is from PT...
How Much Protein Does An Athlete Need To Consume In Their Diet? Dr. Joel Furhman Explains What He Tells NBA Players and Olympic Skiers
Sunday, March 28, 2010, 10:09 PM
I use the GNC whey protein in vanilla....I blend it with almond breeze and a banana and berries and a little plain greek yogurt. It's tasty and my husband, no fan of things healthy, loves it!
Saturday, April 03, 2010, 7:23 PM
pp, we make those exact same smoothies in our house and they are a big hit!
Saturday, April 03, 2010, 7:31 PM
A 2000 calorie diet is a child's diet, or a teen for females is 2400, and boys 26-2800, now a adults is probably about 3000.
Sunday, July 11, 2010, 11:21 AM
How To Lose Weight- The Basics
Weight Watchers Points System
The Fat Smash Diet
The Eat To Live Diet
The Beck Diet Solution
How To Get The Motivation To Lose Weight
How To Be Successful Using PEERtrainer
How To Burn Fat
Online Weight Loss Support- How It Works
Does Green Tea Help You Lose Weight?
Tips On Using PEERtrainer
Visit The PEERtrainer Community
Diet and Fitness Resources
Weight Watchers Meetings
Learning To Inspire Others: You Already Are
Writing Down Your Daily Workouts
Spending Money On A Personal Trainer?
How I Became A Marathon Runner
How To Prevent Injuries During Your Workout
Flu Season: Should You Take The Flu Shot?
Are You Really Ready To Start PEERtrainer?
Super Foods That Can Boost Your Energy
Reversing Disease Through Nutrition
New Diet and Fitness Articles:
Weight Watchers Points Plus
How To Adjust Your Body To Exercise
New: Weight Watchers Momentum Program
New: PEERtrainer Blog Archive
Review Of The New Weight Watchers Momentum Program
Weight Loss Motivation by Joshua Wayne:
Why Simple Goal Setting Is Not Enough
How To Delay Short Term Gratification
How To Stay Motivated
How To Exercise With A Busy Schedule
Real World Nutrition and Fitness Questions
Can Weight Lifting Help You Lose Weight?
Are Protein Drinks Safe?
Nutrition As Medicine?
Everyday Weight Loss Tips
How To Eat Healthy At A Party
How To Eat Out And Still Lose Weight
The Three Bite Rule
Tips On How To Stop A Binge
Introducing The PEERtrainer Cheat System
How To Speed Up Weight Loss
How To Get Motivation To Lose Weight
Weight Watchers: The New Science!
3 Myths About Weight Loss With JJ Virgin
Related Article :
New PEERtrainer Articles :
Why Green Tea Helps You Lose Weight
How To Lose A Lot Of Weight, Fast
5 Things You Must Know Before Doing A Cleanse
New: How To Build Muscle
What Is The Best Kind Of Protein Powder?
The Master Cleanse
Will Removing Gluten From Your Diet Help You Lose Weight?
How To Obliterate Your Limitations
How To Get The Motivation To Exercise
How To Stop Feeling Tired
Dr. Joel Fuhrman's Super Immunity Diet
The PEERtrainer Diet
Is Portion Control Keeping You Fat?
The Ultimate Guide To Dietary Fiber
P90X? Do Burst Training Instead
Weight Watchers Points Changes For 2012
Can Diet Soda Cause You To GAIN Weight?