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Protein Question
04-26-2014, 02:16 PM
Post: #1
Protein Question
Hi everyone.

I'm working my way up to 3000 calories/day. I was super tired this past week and now all of a sudden I'm eating like a horse! I hope this is suppose to happen???

Anyway, I was trying for 2700 and the last two days I made 3000 no problem. Eating out probably helped. wink

So back to the protein question. I'm wondering if it's more important to hit 30% of my intake or hit 1g/lb of body weight. I'm currently 166 5'7". Run every other day and use my TRX every other day and throw in a rest day a week somewhere in there. I'm having trouble getting in all that protein and was thinking that if I use the 166g as a minimum that would be a good target??
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04-28-2014, 05:45 AM (This post was last modified: 04-28-2014 08:54 AM by AnitraSoto.)
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RE: Protein Question
Wow! 3,000 calories --- you must be very active! On Saturday I mowed with a push mower on "not flat" land for 5 hours (my FitBit had me walking almost 13 miles), then did a couple hours of weeding and raking and even with all of that activity, I only burned 3,100. Did you use a calculator to figure your TDEE, or do you have a BodyMedia or FitBit?

You are right - at 3,000 calories, 30% is a lot of protein (225 grams)! I would think you would be fine sticking with the lower 1g/pound figure as a minimum, but let's make sure that TDEE figure is right first. If you are using a Body Media or FitBit, then that 1g/lb is the minimum you should hit...

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04-28-2014, 09:48 PM
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RE: Protein Question
Hi! Yep agree that 1g per lb of body weight is plenty!! You go girl!!

Joan
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06-08-2015, 03:41 PM
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RE: Protein Question
Hey Everyone,

I know this is an old thread but I had almost the same question about protein as Running4myboys. My protein was getting high as I upped calories. I'm thinking about setting it to my body weight but am unsure what to do about the fat and carb amounts. Does anyone recommend a certain way to find how many grams of fat and carbs I should shoot for?

Thanks!
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06-09-2015, 04:21 AM
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RE: Protein Question
Eat them however you want - I don't even really worry about my fats/carbs ratio. Honestly, if you respond well to carbs then eat more of them...play around with it.
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06-09-2015, 10:07 AM
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RE: Protein Question
EM2WL generally recommends setting your macros at 40% Carbs/30% Protein and 30% Fats. Start with that and see how you feel... Let us know and keep us updated!

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06-09-2015, 10:54 AM
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RE: Protein Question
So far I have been sticking with the 40/30/30 ratio. I have decided to try upping my calories since I don't seem to be losing weight. In mid March I started NROLFW and had set my calories according to there formula which came out to 1968 calories. I did that for a few weeks and saw almost no difference. I then tried cutting my calories to 1600 for about 2 weeks and started to see about 1lb a week in losses but I was tired and really did want to eat more. I then found this group on My Fitness Pal and used the Scooby calculator and came out with 1995 (Wt 158, Ht 65", age 27, 3-5 hrs of moderate exercise, and a 15% cut). I did this for about 3 weeks still with really no difference in the scale or with measurements. For the last week I have been at 2220 since I decided to change my activity level to 5-6 hours a week of exercise. I was thinking of changing my cut to 10% instead of 15% since I have read 15% is the highest cut recommended. If I do that I will be at 2351 and with 30% protein that's 176 grams a day. That seems like a lot and makes me wonder if the ratio should change with higher calorie amounts? I haven't gained any weight through this process and have only lost about 1" overall since March. I feel like I might have firmed up some but would like to see a little faster results. I want to figure out what I need to do to lose inches consistently even if its slow, which looking at other posts that seems to be upping calories. I also want to make sure I'm doing the best I can with my diet, I do measure everything in grams and try to be as accurate as possible. Before this I wasn't on a calorie restricted diet, I basically ate what I wanted and I'm guessing was about 2500 a day which I was slowly gaining on. Sorry for such a long post, I think I'm just staring to get frustrated with all of the guessing I have done with my numbers.
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