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    Question Having a Hard Time Eating Enough Protein

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    So, I switched to this primal/paleo diet two weeks ago and am having a really hard time getting all of it in that I need to to maintain my lean body mass. Does anyone have any idea how I can get more protein in. I have been taken off of beef products for the next few months, which is probably not helping me. I can usually get 60-80 grams in a day, but more than that is ridiculously difficult for me. Any suggestion would help! I don't want to lose my muscles!
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    What is a typical day's food for you? Why can you not eat beef?
    Four years Primal with influences from Jaminet & Shanahan and a focus on being anti-inflammatory. Using Primal to treat CVD and prevent stents from blocking free of drugs.

    Eat creatures nose-to-tail (animal, fowl, fish, crustacea, molluscs), a large variety of vegetables (raw, cooked and fermented, including safe starches), dairy (cheese & yoghurt), occasional fruit, cocoa, turmeric & red wine

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    Studies have actually shown that at least 60 grams of protein per day is plenty for building muscle. That's just building muscle, not maintaining it. I think you have nothing to worry about.

    Aside from that, don't you eat fish or anything like that? Same thing, it's got protein.

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    Protein shakes or whey supplement powder. Not a lot of calories, but a lot of protein. No, it's not straight up whole food. But if people can use their "20" for pizza and beer, I don't think it's out of line to use one's 20 for protein supplementation.

    That said, while 60-80 grams is low for me, it's certainly enough for a lot of people.
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    60g of protein sounds fine to me, you don't need a ton of protein to maintain lean mass. If you're looking at non-near sources, go for some Greek yogurt.
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    While 60 grams may be "enough", more percentage wise isn't going to hurt. It helps you feel full.

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    Don't sweat it. All these percentages are rough guidelines. As you are transitioning to the Primal version of Paleo just try to stick to the major components and slowly fine tune as you go. Try to maintain a basic plan, whether is is Primal or not, for at least a month before making any more changes. It takes a while for your gut flora and other body mechanisms to figure out what is going on.
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    How about chicken breast if you can't have beef. Or some kind of plain white fish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoanieL View Post
    Protein shakes or whey supplement powder. Not a lot of calories, but a lot of protein.
    ^Good advice here.^

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    High protein isn't necessary unless you are certain you are losing weight, and are trying to minimise muscle loss as much as possible. If thats the case you should also be weight lifting to preserve lean mass. 60-80 g of protein a day should be fine. If you really want more try lean protein e.g. cottage cheese, chicken breast, tuna or just protein powder.
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