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how much protein should I eat?

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Created January 16, 2014 at 8:33 PM

I was doing a lot of weight training and power lifting for a couple of years and was following the principal to eat 1 gram protein per pound of body weight every day. Now I am doing body weight training 2-3 days a week (quick and intense) , riding my bike every day (30-50 miles per week) and doing 1 long hike every week (5-6 miles).

I have been on a low carb keto paleo for about a month and feel good and getting leaner but I feel like I might be eating too much protein. What should my goal be ? I'm a 5'10" 175lb man and would like to get down to 165/106

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You're definitely getting enough protein. 0.4 - 1.0 grams of protein per pound of body weight is enough for most people. Although, because of how active you are, you could experiment a little. Up your protein intake and see how you feel.

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41452 · January 17, 2014 at 12:56 AM

20% of calories is plenty. 100-120 grams per day, approximately.

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198 · January 16, 2014 at 11:53 PM

For me protein is self limiting usually. At some point during the eating window I just don't want anymore and will fill myself with salad or other veggies. Just like the rats/mice in experiments, they do the same thing.

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