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How much protein do you take in?

I was reading on my whey protein box that individuals who want to lose weight have to do weight training as well as cardio and get this take in .8 grams of protein in accordance to your body weight. So if I weigh in at 190 I have to take in 190 grams of protein? isnt that alot? By the way what do I have to eat to get my daily allowance of protein??? can someone help me

Confused Male

Wed. Aug 22, 9:11pm

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Unless you're actually trying to bulk up, there's no point eating more than .5 x your body weight. I assume you're a guy...packing in protein doesn't make much difference for women.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007, 9:28 PM

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Actually by that formula, you would need to take in 152 g of protein. :) just giving you a hard time.

I don't believe we need nearly as much protein as you hear these days. Protein is actually really hard for your body to break down (especially animal protein) and taking in too much can have serious effects. So many foods are fortified today that not getting enough protein is a lot more rare than you think.

Try to have a mixture of protein, carbohydrates and fat with every snack, or meal and you will get in more than enough. You can build muscle without eating egg whites and grilled chicken all day.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007, 9:54 PM

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op here I am going to go with .5 grams of protein per lb for weight loss.


Thursday, August 23, 2007, 10:37 AM

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we don't get enough protein

but, our idea of a protein serving is WAY bigger than what we really need.
I'm a woman, but at meals I get 3-4oz. of protein (many restaurants serve triple the amount we need, for example).

The whole point of losing "weight" is really losing body fat and adding muscle. You can't do this without adequate amounts of protein, but you don't need to be on some atkins-esque program to do that.

Thursday, August 23, 2007, 10:51 AM

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