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December 7th, 2008, 11:11 AM
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I'm having a real hard time staying within my range with protein.

Like today i had 63grams of protein.. so i'm over 28g. I'm suppose to be eating about 35grams.
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December 7th, 2008, 11:22 AM
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I need to get on Sparkpeople and look to see how much I'm supposed to be getting....I forget. Actually, I really need to get back into tracking what I eat.
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December 7th, 2008, 11:46 AM
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Wow, that seems really low! I aim for between 100-150 grams a day. The recommendation is 0.5-1.0 grams per pound of body weight for anyone who is working out with weights and trying to maintain muscle. I have a hard time getting that much in usually and have to add in protein shakes sometimes to make sure I get enough.
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December 7th, 2008, 01:31 PM
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Mine says something like 67-127.
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December 7th, 2008, 03:07 PM
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hmm.. maybe I input my info wrong when I calculate how many calories I should be eating a day or something.. i'm so confused. Let me go research it a bit. thx for the input ladies.
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December 7th, 2008, 03:15 PM
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Tonya,

does this make sense? about how much protein i should be getting?

Greatly depends on if you are working out or not, and also your bodyfat %.

For those working hard, it's usually 1lb per lb of lean mass. Fat doesn't need protein to support it! This means you have to;

Total weight - Fat Weight = lean mass.
BF% X Total Weight = fat weight

for example, mine comes out to.
Total weight= 215
Bodyfat % = 15%

215 - (15% X 215) = 181lbs lean mass

181g of protein goal daily.
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December 7th, 2008, 03:38 PM
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Yes, that is how you get the lean body mass, but where did you get the 15%? I thought you were higher then that? If you are 15% body fat, you don't need to lose weight because that is in the athletic range for body fat percentage. 15% is my goal body fat percentage.
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December 7th, 2008, 05:13 PM
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Yes, that is how you get the lean body mass, but where did you get the 15%? I thought you were higher then that? If you are 15% body fat, you don't need to lose weight because that is in the athletic range for body fat percentage. 15% is my goal body fat percentage.[/b]
I have to agree with Tonya on this one. I think you are not calculating the right body fat in.

If you put in a body fat of say 35% you would come up with a number between 70 and 139 which sounds more right to me.

Me, myself, I am aiming for 100 grams of protein a day.
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December 7th, 2008, 11:47 PM
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oh the 15% is someone else body fat.. I just grab that post from myplate forums to show the calculations she was making.

but if that's the way you calculate how much protein you need.. i would only need about 83grams.

I was also reading their forums and a lot of peole there have problems with their protein being over... but they figured out that myplate takes a percentage of the daily allowance... or takes the lowest amount and that's how they determine how much you should be getting given your weight, height, and activity level.
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December 8th, 2008, 09:19 AM
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oh the 15% is someone else body fat.. I just grab that post from myplate forums to show the calculations she was making.

but if that's the way you calculate how much protein you need.. i would only need about 83grams.

I was also reading their forums and a lot of peole there have problems with their protein being over... but they figured out that myplate takes a percentage of the daily allowance... or takes the lowest amount and that's how they determine how much you should be getting given your weight, height, and activity level.[/b]
That sounds about right to me Ana.
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December 8th, 2008, 11:06 AM
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cool cool. Thank you guys for the clarification.

I had started looking at my calories because the scale wasn't budging.. but come Monday it budged just in time for weigh-in..
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Actually, when doing a calculation, I use a percentage of my calories too, but it is easier for most people to have a range based on LBM because not everyone is as anal retentive as I am and have a goal for carbs, protein, and fat grams as well as calories. It all just depends on the nutritionist/dietitian doing their program as to what formula they use to calculate your needs. I like thedailyplate.com because it is more like what I use, but I found that I wanted lower fat and higher protein because of how my body reacts to food, so their percentages weren't right for me. Everyone is different, so while we can come up with some estimations on what is needed, it will not be 100% accurate. That part comes from trial and error on the part of the person doing the eating.
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