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Calculating Your Protein Requirements

I recently shared my revelation that how I spread out my day’s protein across my meals really does matter. What I didn’t mention was how to figure out how much protein you should be eating in a day. Oops! My mistake. :)

Check out Calculating Your Protein Requirements for step by step instructions. Here are the highlights:

  • No matter what your diet is, your body has a fixed requirement for protein. It is not a percentage!
  • Multiply your lean body mass by 0.8 to find your minimum requirement in grams. If you are active, or building muscle, go with your lean body mass in grams.
  • On average, 1 egg or 1 oz of meat has about 7g of protein.

So go forth and eat steak!