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    Hi,

    I've seen this recommended on a few sites, and yes, I mean per pound of bodyweight not lean body mass. I'm curious if anyone subscribes to this and if so, how you accomplish it? As a 200+ pounder, I find getting this amount of protein in difficult to say the least.

    Thoughts?

  • #2
    a bit to much I think...

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    • #3
      Greg has been a pioneer of getting body-building amounts of protein exclusively from whole foods. You might want to check his journal.

      As for me, I aim for about 2g per pound of lean, which is about 250g a day for me, because I'm putting on muscle and I'm not too scared of gluconeogenesis. Most of that comes from bacon, eggs, pork/chicken sausage, beef and seafood, but I also take about 50g of zero-carb protein powder on an average day. However, I only counted calories once so my total protein intake is guesswork. I just eat protein until my appetite tells me to stop, and if it's my big meal of the day I chase it with a powder.

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      • #4
        Advice I received from Stargazer is 1g of protein per KG of bodyweight. There is 2.2lbs in 1 kg.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by PrimalFocus View Post
          Hi,

          I've seen this recommended on a few sites, and yes, I mean per pound of bodyweight not lean body mass. I'm curious if anyone subscribes to this and if so, how you accomplish it? As a 200+ pounder, I find getting this amount of protein in difficult to say the least.

          Thoughts?
          What are your goals and are you a man or a woman? Do you have any known insulin resistance or thyroid problems? Imho, 1g per pound of body weight, lean or otherwise, is not appropriate for everyone.

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          • #6
            I've always thought it was at least 1 gram of protein per pound of BW and upto 1.5 grams. I used to eat ~ 1.5 grams and I put on ten kilos (mixture of muscle and fat since I was still eating SAD) in 3 months.

            So at 90 kilos you eat 200 g of protein a day.
            A steak a day keeps the doctor away

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            • #7
              My macros are about 2 / 1 / 0,5 times bodyweight in kg - so for my 82 kg that would be approximately 160 gram fat / 80 gram protein / 40 gram carbohydrates. If you feel like you're lacking energy or are hungry add more fat. This is for maintenance.

              If you want to gain more muscle add fat and protein. Too much protein is dictated by how much your kidneys can take. Usually far more than you're able to eat by whole food. Dunno how that changed with shakes. I think Dr M. Eades did a post on it on his blog, cannot find it right now.

              Also, as always, drink plenty of water to keep your processes running and kidney flushed.
              Sometimes you need to be told the truth in order to be able to see it.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Suki View Post
                What are your goals and are you a man or a woman? Do you have any known insulin resistance or thyroid problems? Imho, 1g per pound of body weight, lean or otherwise, is not appropriate for everyone.
                Hi there,

                Ah, a little background is always good. I am a 36 year old male focused on weight loss. I have no known insulin resistance or thyroid issues. I have about 20-30 pounds of weight loss remaining to get down to a lean state. I am not looking to pack on muscle...yet.

                Thanks!

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                • #9
                  Suki,

                  I have thyroid problems (Hashimoto's), I'm female and trying to loose some fat. Do you know how Hashimoto's might affect protein needs?

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                  • #10
                    I have heard that the 1-1.5 grams of protein per pound has been debunked as far as gaining muscle.

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                    • #11
                      Hey, while were on the topic, female here with history of PCOS and Insulin Resistance (suspected). What should my protein needs be?

                      Also, I've heard two different things..... .7-1 g of protein per KILO of lean muscle mass, and per LB of muscle mass. These numbers would of course be very different. What is the actual guide?
                      SW: 235
                      CW:220
                      Rough start due to major carb WD.

                      MWF: 1 hour run/walk, 1.5 hours in the gym - upper/lower and core
                      Sat/Sun=Yard/house work, chasing kids, playing
                      Family walk every night instead of everyone vegging in front of the TV
                      Personal trainer to build muscle mass & to help meet goals

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                      • #12
                        I have to correct myself - just read the section about protein in the Primal Blueprint where Mark says .7 - 1 gram per lb of muscle mass. Even 2 grams if your heavily active.
                        Sometimes you need to be told the truth in order to be able to see it.

                        My journal

                        I see grain people...

                        Exist in shadow, drifting away.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Beauty View Post
                          Suki,

                          I have thyroid problems (Hashimoto's), I'm female and trying to loose some fat. Do you know how Hashimoto's might affect protein needs?
                          I'm sorry, I just saw your post. Are you on any meds for the Hashi's? Most people who have Hashimoto's do well on some version of VLC - whether this means higher protein intake or higher fat intake. If you are not losing weight - you need to play with your numbers but I can assure you that you probably don't need 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight. Have you tried going VLC?

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