Hi. How do I know how many grams of protein I take in a day?

  • mrbanidoso

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    Jun 25, 2014 4:25 PM GMT
    Hi. I am about to start a healthier diet that requires me to take my body weight in protein. So if I am 150 lbs, I need to take 150 grams of protein.

    So I will be taking protein shakes, lean white meat, vegies, and fruits throughout each day. My question is, how do I track how many grams of protein I've already taken? Like how would I know how many grams are there in an egg, or in the chicken meat I ate so that I can be sure I am taking the right amount my body needs at the end of the day.

    Also are there apps that i can use out there? Please recommend some. icon_smile.gif

    I hope you can help me on this. Thanks.
  • Destinharbor

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    Jun 25, 2014 5:20 PM GMT
    I get confused by this, too. I'll be curious to hear some answers. But the good news is your body doesn't do anything evil (like make fat) with any excess. So do a protein shake once or twice/day with a defined gram count (mine is 40 with only 100 calories) and eat 4-5 oz of cleanly cooked meat twice/day and you'll be at or above the 150.
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    Jun 25, 2014 5:42 PM GMT
    mrbanidoso saidHi. I am about to start a healthier diet that requires me to take my body weight in protein. So if I am 150 lbs, I need to take 150 grams of protein.

    So I will be taking protein shakes, lean white meat, vegies, and fruits throughout each day. My question is, how do I track how many grams of protein I've already taken? Like how would I know how many grams are there in an egg, or in the chicken meat I ate so that I can be sure I am taking the right amount my body needs at the end of the day.

    Also are there apps that i can use out there? Please recommend some. icon_smile.gif

    I hope you can help me on this. Thanks.


    MyFitnessPal is a popular app that will let you track your food/exercise.
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    Jun 25, 2014 5:45 PM GMT
    Honestly it's very very difficult to track these...The proteins and nutrition values varies very much and the values you find in the diet books are averaged and very unlikely will they match the true values that are in your plate.

    For ex: The sugar values in Bananas or any other fruits increases as they ripen and reach a peak, after that when they begin to rotten, it'll come down.
    And the nutrition values you'll find in diet books doesn't even mention the condition of banana when they have examined for extracting values. Is it ripen? is it raw? is it freshly take out from farm? Who knows!!!

    1. So, my best advice is to eat in moderation, not too heavy or too little and depending on your physical activity.

    2. Eat a colorful diet! like white from garlic, red from tomatoes, green from broccoli, yellow from mangoes, etc. etc. mixture of everything in small quantities. That's as simple as that IMHO! For ex. there are few curries and soups in India that contain wide range of vegetables in them and are very healthy. As I don't know anything about American cuisines, you have to tell me! ;)

    3. Avoid processed foods, as a rule: remember that the more processed a food item you find, the less nutritional value it has.

    I'm afraid to say, I've seen people turning these calculations into a OCD thing, and I always hear them talking about calories, protein, blah blah & it's pretty annoying. icon_confused.gif
    I believe You'll soon find it out yourself!

    Apologies if you find my comment a bit discouraging. But this is what I learned from my experience.

    All the best! icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 25, 2014 6:58 PM GMT
    JackBoneTX said
    mrbanidoso saidHi. I am about to start a healthier diet that requires me to take my body weight in protein. So if I am 150 lbs, I need to take 150 grams of protein.

    So I will be taking protein shakes, lean white meat, vegies, and fruits throughout each day. My question is, how do I track how many grams of protein I've already taken? Like how would I know how many grams are there in an egg, or in the chicken meat I ate so that I can be sure I am taking the right amount my body needs at the end of the day.

    Also are there apps that i can use out there? Please recommend some. icon_smile.gif

    I hope you can help me on this. Thanks.


    MyFitnessPal is a popular app that will let you track your food/exercise.


    Seconded, MyFitnessPal is excellent for logging food and nutrition.