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    Hi. I've been eating primal for over 6 months now - and started tracking what I eat quite often using FitDay since April.

    Typically, yesterday I found I'd consumed 87 grams protein, 74.6 grams carbs, 115 grams fat - total calories 1997.

    I ate LOADS of meat during the day - fish at breakfast, fatty pork at lunch and dinner, veg, everything cooked in either butter, animal fat (lard) r coconut oil, heavy cream with blueberries. I eat enough not to feel hungry and seem to have stopped losing weight (I've lost about 16 pounds and now weigh around 144 at 6 foot tall)

    Is this enough protein / fat? It seems to be achieving well over the RDA % in most things (calcium, potassium and magnesium are usually under).

    Any advice very welcome.

  • #2
    Are you trying to lose weight, and if so why... (sorry, my keyboard is not letting me use question marks, though only on this site I think).

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    • #3
      No, I'm not trying to lose weight. Starting to eat PB was mainly to try to improve my asthma - which it has done spectacularly. Totally stopped taking steroids! The weight loss was incidental but appreciated up to a point.

      It is the shear mass of food I feel I have to eat to get to the recommended 1 gram protein per pound weight and then fat and veg on top! I can't eat that much......!

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      • #4
        I have just the opposite problem. At 105 lbs, I have to be careful NOT to eat too much protein. Are you measuring your portions with a scale? You're probably eating more meat than you think.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by breadsauce View Post
          No, I'm not trying to lose weight. Starting to eat PB was mainly to try to improve my asthma - which it has done spectacularly. Totally stopped taking steroids! The weight loss was incidental but appreciated up to a point.

          It is the shear mass of food I feel I have to eat to get to the recommended 1 gram protein per pound weight and then fat and veg on top! I can't eat that much......!
          It seems like you are eating the right foods. I would stop keeping track of what you eat and not stress out about it. I kept track for 3 weeks down to the gram.... I enjoyed it but also hated it - I would get frustrated. Just eat the right foods and you will be fine. I eat animal food every meal if possible. I may not have any animal food for 1 or 2 meals throughout the week.
          Find me at aToadontheRoad.com. Cheers!

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          • #6
            I find the best way to top off your protein for the day is snacking on Boiled eggs, couple of cans of Tuna, Protein powder shake.

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            • #7
              Perhaps not to obsess about it is excellent advice! I have been weighing things to the last gram - not every day, but enough to realise that it's hard to get 140 grams of protein! Thanks for the comments!

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              • #8
                I've always heard 0.7 to 1g protein per pound of lean body mass (for maintaining muscle - if you wanted to build a bunch I think you'd need more). I'm sure at your weight you don't have a whole lot of fat, but it might give you a slightly more achievable number anyway. =]
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                • #9
                  Not to quibble, but if you got 87 grams protein that isn't really "loads" of meat - that's about 6 oz salmon and two pork chops. Adding a couple of eggs and some dairy will boost your protein, and of course there are lots of other options.

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