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How Much Protein Do I Recommend?

Hi Jeff,

Could you explain why you think we need 100 g/120 g protein per day. I was just reading something and they said 50 g.  This area has a lot of debate, doesn’t it?

Great question!  High protein foods send signals to the brain that keep you from being hungry for hours – stronger signals than either carbohydrates or fat gives. For a typical woman, I recommend about 100 grams of protein per day. That would be 25-30 grams at breakfast and lunch, a 25 gram protein snack in the late afternoon, and again at dinner. For a typical man, I recommend 125-150 grams of protein per day: 30-40 grams each for breakfast and lunch, 20-30 grams in the afternoon snack, and 50-75 grams at dinner and during the night before bed.
 
I think anyone who is dieting should get a minimum of 50 grams of protein per day to be safe.
 
I like at least 30 percent of total calories from protein. I determine the exact amount of protein someone needs by there lean body mass, which includes everything in your body that isn’t fat, such as muscle, bone, organs, and skin. I get this information from doing a body composition analysis. The number of pounds of a persons lean body mass is about the number of grams of protein you need each day.   
 
Hope this helps.
Jeff
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