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How Much Protein Do I Need?

Posted on October 20, 2016 at 3:00 PM

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When trying to lose body fat, excess protein cosumption will be turn to sugar and stored as fat in the body. There is a misguided theory about eating right amounts of protein. 

With the popularity of "high-protein" diets, you might believe you simply can't overeat protein. The truth is that consuming excessive protein can actually stop fat loss and may be detrimental to your health. 

Eating more protein than your body needs can interfere with your health and fitness goals in a number of ways, including weight gain, extra body fat, stress on your kidneys, as well as dehydration.

When it comes to protein needs there is a pretty wide range for the recommended amount. When I work with clients one-on-one I always individualize it, but in general, I like to aim for the middle of the range. For an average adult woman, that would be roughly 80 to 100 g of protein per day. To put that in perspective, one 3-ounce chicken breast (about the size of a deck of cards) provides about 25 grams.

However, I don’t want my clients to have to count grams, calories or calculate percentages (who has time for that?). To keep it simple, I advocate including a portion specific amount of lean protein at every meal, (4 ounces) which should be the best quailty protein, like grass fed, no hormones, no antibiotics, organic, etc. Eating the best protein source you can buy removes the chemicals that can stunt weight loss. I believe it creates one of the best ways to have balance in the body. 

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