How do I measure how much protein I take in?

  • sfboy987

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    Aug 12, 2008 1:35 AM GMT
    I'm trying to lose body fat, so I'm following a diet of about 1800 calories a day. I read that protein should account for a third of my diet. I read this article that helped me see how much I need to take in. I came out with 150 grams of protein. Since I started working out, I've made a conscious effort to take in more protein. However, I actually haven't measured how much I actually took in till now. I calculated how much protein I took in today and I came out with about 91 grams of protein. That means I'm still short about 59 grams. I ate foods with lots of protein today like chicken and eggs. So how am I still coming out short? Did I do something wrong here? Any help would be great thanks!
  • MuslDrew

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    Aug 12, 2008 2:38 AM GMT
    add a couple of protein shakes throughout the day
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    Aug 12, 2008 5:00 AM GMT
    Yeah a few suggestions for you. When trying to lose weight you are way better off with more protein and fewer carbs. The protein will produce a better feeling of fullness, it will stoke the metabolism, a third of its calories are burned just in processing it, and it helps spare lean muscle from being lost in the process.

    I try to simply this for people by saying take in one gram of protein per pound of body weight. So if you are 175 lbs, consume 175 grams of protein. To get there you might need a couple protein shakes. Cans of tuna, chicken, etc are great for getting high amounts of protein in a small amount of food. As to whether or no you did anything wrong its tough to tell. One thing that might help you verify your amounts is know this:

    1 gram of protein = 4 calories
    1 gram of carbs = 4 calories
    1 gram of fat = 9 calories

    If your grams multiplied by the calorie amounts for each add up to your total calories consumed you know you got it right.

  • sfboy987

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    Aug 12, 2008 5:25 AM GMT
    Yea I heard tuna has a ton of protein, so I think I will try that. As for the protein shakes, I put up another post asking what kind of supplements I should use. Since I'm young (19) and a beginner at this, a lot of people have been telling me that I din't need to take any supplements and to just get my protein from real foods. What do you guys think about that? I really appreciate the help!