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how much protein should i eat when trying to lose weight?

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Dr. Robert Stuart
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1 gram per kilogram: Your body requires approx. 1 gram of protein per kilogram of body weight per day. Much over this may start to put some stress on your body to metabolize and break it down. That said, it is true that protein generally results in more satiety and you don't get ravenous as soon. Starches and carbohydrates can cause your glucose to rise then bottom out later, increasing hunger.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
120gm per day averag: 1. Weight in pounds divided by 2.2 = weight in kg 2. Weight in kg x 0.8-1.8 gm/kg = protein gm. Use a lower number if you are in good health and are sedentary (i.e., 0.8). Use a higher number (between 1 and 1.8) if you are under stress, are pregnant, are recovering from an illness, or if you are involved in consistent and intense weight or endurance training.

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A 27-year-old male asked:

Are protein bars a good meal replacement when trying to lose weight?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Yes: I trust you're not trying to crash-diet. In the long run, you'll stay trim by staying in good aerobic shape and eating smart (enough protein, avoid salty / greasy / sugar stuff that folks overeat). A cheap vitamin-and-mineral supplement from a drugstore chain should be enough (or more than enough) to cover you while you're slimming. Glad you're doing this and good luck.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Is protein really the foods to emphasize if trying to lose weight?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Yes, but...........: It must displace carbs and unnecessary fats!

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