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Obtaining Ideal Weight: How Much Protein Do You Need?

When people diet to lose weight, they sometimes cut back on foods that contain fat.

But often, those foods are also some of the best sources of protein
– meat, eggs, cheese and other dairy foods. That creates a

When we don’t get enough protein, there is increasing
evidence that the body tries to store calories rather than burning

The Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) for healthy adults is:

0.37 grams of quality protein per pound of body weight per day.

For example:

  • 55 grams of quality protein per day for a 150 pound person
  • 73 grams of quality protein per day for a 200 pound person
  • 91 grams of quality protein per day for a 250 pound person


An ounce of meat (the weight after the shrinkage of cooking) provides about 7 grams of protein.

An egg contains about 7 grams of protein.
Milk contains 8 grams of protein per 8 ounce cup

Example: To get 70 grams of protein from meat, you would need to eat 10 ounces of cooked meat each day…

I suggest you keep a log book for a few weeks till you know exactly how much it takes to assure enough protein.


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