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    I've been tracking my food intake on cron-o-meter, and am surprised to see how much protein is in my diet. The macronutrient breakdown for the past week is carbs 19%, fat 48%, protein 33%. Protein intake averages 120-150g per day. My measuring of food is not very precise, though. I'm sure the meats I eat are fattier than what I'm recording due to limitations in the food choices database. But anyway, the numbers are still much higher than the recommended upper limit of 80g. (this is already from consciously trying to lower protein intake, replacing with starches). Carbohydrates come out to around 80-100g per day usually.

    I weigh around 105-110 lbs, around 23% body fat, nursing a toddler. I consume around 2000-2300 calories a day.

    Should I reduce protein intake?

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    Yes, replace with carbs, fruit preferably.

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    33% doesn't looks too high. It's really hard to overeat protein.

    Keep in mind that most meats are roughly 50% protein, 50% fat.
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    I overeat protein, have for years- no ill effects yet.
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    Standard PB is 65-70% fat, 20% protein, 10-15% carbs. Enter you days food into a nutrition tracker, e.g. paleotrack.com. However be sure to check with your OByn or Pedia first for whatever you are eating. Also eat liver almost daily, take K2, D3 and Vit.D supplements.

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    Quote Originally Posted by magicmerl View Post

    Keep in mind that most meats are roughly 50% protein, 50% fat.
    Is this true of leaner cuts, e.g. pork loin?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cryptocode View Post
    Standard PB is 65-70% fat, 20% protein, 10-15% carbs. Enter you days food into a nutrition tracker, e.g. paleotrack.com. However be sure to check with your OByn or Pedia first for whatever you are eating. Also eat liver almost daily, take K2, D3 and Vit.D supplements.
    I eat offal-- liver (beef and chicken), kidney (pork), heart (pork), tripe, gizzard-- every week. The only supplement I take is magnesium. I don't consider doctors here good source for nutrition advice, they hand out the government pamphlet to lower cholesterol, encouraging vegetable oils and discouraging eggs, butter, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by magicmerl View Post
    Keep in mind that most meats are roughly 50% protein, 50% fat.
    That is completely untrue.

    33% of daily calories as protein is nothing. When its more like 90% maybe you should start scaling back.

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    I don't think there are any seriously ill effects to eating more protein than recommended. If you like what you're currently eating, keep at it.
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    When I eat much more than my target protein, I put on weight, even if I am running a significant calorie deficit.

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