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What's the upper limit of protein intake on a healthy low-carb diet?

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Created November 06, 2013 at 6:02 AM

At what amount or ratio does protein start to become an issue? What are the optimal numbers?

Right now I'm about 150-180g protein a day as a 25-30% macro.

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0 · November 06, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Wrong.

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1005 · November 06, 2013 at 6:43 AM

If I follow the "if it smells / looks delicious" rule with carbs, I can do about 60%+ of my diet in sugar for years without a drop in deliciousness. As I get closer to <500 kcal carbs on a 3000 kcal /d diet, protein tends to get a little out of hand as pure fat doesn't seem/smell/look delicious to a sugar burner. I'm increasing the fat daily in place of protein, but with many meals having more protein than fat by default, I can easily keep close to 250g / d. I'm curious to hear some opinions on the ideal numbers and science, as this feels high, but I'm new to it.

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0 · November 06, 2013 at 9:49 AM

I'm doing about 250g of protein a day but I'm planning on reducing it to see how I go. It's just so easy to get 250g of protein per day and the only way to reduce it is to reduce meat consumption (in my case).

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0 · November 06, 2013 at 8:26 AM

385-400 grams per day or so.

I think it was somewhere along the line of 6g/kg of lean body mass.

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Wrong.

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0 · November 06, 2013 at 7:53 AM

Well, I'm no expert on paleo, but coming from the fitness side I don't think 180-200 gr protein is too much. usually started my diets at 180 gr/day and I'm a girl. When dropping of I cut carbs and protein a long the way but never had less than 75 gr fat a day and I never went below 120 gr protein a day.

Too much is just a problem if you have kidney issues. Since protein increase uric acid production and uric acid is filtered trough the kidneys. For normal and strong kidneys it's not a problem, but if you have week kindeys it's not very good.

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3979 · November 06, 2013 at 6:23 AM

When the thought/smell/sight of protein is repulsive, it's time to stop eating it. If it seems/smells/looks delicious, eat it. Why make it any more complicated than that?

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1005 · November 06, 2013 at 6:43 AM

If I follow the "if it smells / looks delicious" rule with carbs, I can do about 60%+ of my diet in sugar for years without a drop in deliciousness. As I get closer to <500 kcal carbs on a 3000 kcal /d diet, protein tends to get a little out of hand as pure fat doesn't seem/smell/look delicious to a sugar burner. I'm increasing the fat daily in place of protein, but with many meals having more protein than fat by default, I can easily keep close to 250g / d. I'm curious to hear some opinions on the ideal numbers and science, as this feels high, but I'm new to it.

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