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How much protein in the form of chicken breast is too much?

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Created July 21, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Ladies and gents just want to ask a question that has been on my mind since i started eating paleo. And that is "How much protein in the form of chicken breast is too much?" I am a huge fan of chicken breast and also steak. If you can eat to your hearts content in the form of chicken breast and steak then i am a lucky guy. I was told by my cousin who lost 45kgs on the paleo that he was eating unlimited amounts of steak and chicken breast and did not put on any weight but had the opposite effect. What do you guys think?

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18671 · July 21, 2011 at 2:19 PM

What else are you planning to eat?

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18671 · July 21, 2011 at 2:19 PM

True, it depends on what else you are eating.

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18701 · July 21, 2011 at 1:49 PM

I love that you said "I don't think it's wise to trust your body". I know people love to say that, but it has never worked for me. My body, sadly, does not want what is best for me on it's own. Listening to my body led me to become obese. Fixing myself took research and conscious decisions.

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15976 · July 21, 2011 at 1:27 PM

If I decided to eat to satiety (consciously choosing to ignore how much you're eating) then yes I'd say that I could eat a ridiculous amount of fattier meat/spicier meat, etc. However, I never eat until some supposed signal is sent to me indicating satiety. I don’t think it’s wise to trust your body. I know how much I'm eating and simply decide to eat less or more and know how much more or less I'm eating. I’m saying its more an issue of how you approach eating itself. Aside: I don't eat anything truly "plain" ever. I at the minimum salt and pepper everything I put in my mouth.

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12407 · July 21, 2011 at 1:14 PM

hey ben, do you find that the fattiness of the cut and the accompanying sauces/spices dictate how much steak or cb you can eat? if it's a nice curry, i can eat unlimited amounts of either. but i find if i eat plain chicken breasts, i don't want more than one. probably goes back to the palatability factor that stephan's been harping on...

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15976 · July 21, 2011 at 12:54 PM

I have to comment that for people with big appetites, who are perhaps engaged in lifting weights and trying to grow stronger, it is not at all physically difficult to over eat protein. i love protein and believe we can eat a LOT of it, don't get me wrong. But there are many of us who could easily pack down a quite large caloric surplus of even lean protein if left unchecked.

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987 · July 21, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Protein is extremely satiating. I honestly cannot imagine someone actually getting fat by over eating things lean chicken breasts. Theoretically, sure. But not in practice.

for example, I have some frozen chicken tenderloins, which are very lean. To eat 1000 calories, I would have to eat well over two pounds of this chicken, which is like 240 grams of protein. And that is just 1000 calories. I just don't see anyone realistically overeating lean protein. This is one thing that confuses me about certain parts of the paleo movement, the emphasis on the satiating property of fat. I mean, I can down a stick of butter without much problem, but two pounds of lean chicken (roughly calorically equivalent) - not a chance.

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15976 · July 21, 2011 at 12:58 PM

All other things being equal if you eat unlimited amounts of steak and/or chicken breast (or anything for that matter) you will indeed put on weight. There is no magic food that you can eat unlimited amounts of.

"How much protein in the form of chicken breast is too much?" The answer is, while not perhaps what you???d like to hear, however much leads to a body composition that you are not looking for.

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18671 · July 21, 2011 at 2:19 PM

True, it depends on what else you are eating.

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18701 · July 21, 2011 at 1:49 PM

I love that you said "I don't think it's wise to trust your body". I know people love to say that, but it has never worked for me. My body, sadly, does not want what is best for me on it's own. Listening to my body led me to become obese. Fixing myself took research and conscious decisions.

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15976 · July 21, 2011 at 1:27 PM

If I decided to eat to satiety (consciously choosing to ignore how much you're eating) then yes I'd say that I could eat a ridiculous amount of fattier meat/spicier meat, etc. However, I never eat until some supposed signal is sent to me indicating satiety. I don’t think it’s wise to trust your body. I know how much I'm eating and simply decide to eat less or more and know how much more or less I'm eating. I’m saying its more an issue of how you approach eating itself. Aside: I don't eat anything truly "plain" ever. I at the minimum salt and pepper everything I put in my mouth.

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12407 · July 21, 2011 at 1:14 PM

hey ben, do you find that the fattiness of the cut and the accompanying sauces/spices dictate how much steak or cb you can eat? if it's a nice curry, i can eat unlimited amounts of either. but i find if i eat plain chicken breasts, i don't want more than one. probably goes back to the palatability factor that stephan's been harping on...

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5242 · July 21, 2011 at 12:19 PM

As a general rule of thumb I would say go for it. It is physically difficult to over eat protein; you just feel over full and can't stuff anymore in past a certain point.

I think this is why a paleo-esque diet works so well, once you dial in your food quality it takes a concerted effort to over eat.

The thing to be aware of with chicken is the poor omega 3/6 ratio from factory farmed chickens. This can be avoided by eating pastured chickens as much as possible. Also the breast is very lean, so doesn't contain much fat anyway, so not so much of an issue.

For the same reason the skin of factory farmed chickens should be avoided.

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15976 · July 21, 2011 at 12:54 PM

I have to comment that for people with big appetites, who are perhaps engaged in lifting weights and trying to grow stronger, it is not at all physically difficult to over eat protein. i love protein and believe we can eat a LOT of it, don't get me wrong. But there are many of us who could easily pack down a quite large caloric surplus of even lean protein if left unchecked.

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