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How much protein do I need to eat in my diet and how much protein is too much?

By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., August 21, 2013 - 3:09pm

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Hi Protein diet is a major risk factor for Kidney failure in retirement years.


08/28/2013 - 7:19pm

I was wondering how that 46 grams recommendation changes if you are trying to build muscle. Not necessarily on the pro athlete level, but with workouts emphasizing strength training. How much should a woman increase her protein, if at all, if doing strength training 3x a week?


09/08/2013 - 4:02pm

Well, I AM one of those few protein malnourished people. I accessed this article to get advice on how to get more protein. It didn't help.


09/18/2013 - 6:14pm

The body's ability to build muscle is more a function of your hereditary...and your work-out routine. Eating more protein does NOT build more muscle than what your body is capable of. When we work out, the ratio of protein to fats to carbs always remains the same...we just need more, period. And more importantly, the plants that we eat, which all contain protein btw, contain the phytochemicals/antioxidants that help to protect our bodies from the extra damage that occurs from working out.


09/26/2013 - 8:50am

The article didn't really give us a good recommendation for protein consumption. I found this recommendation on Always Active Athletics: "For the average person, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academics recommends we consume 0.8g protein per kg of bodyweight. Uhh, but I’m not British so what does this mean? Basically that converts to 0.36g protein per pound of bodyweight. For example, a 170 pound male is recommended to consume 61.2g protein per day [170lb * 0.36 = 61.2g]."


12/18/2013 - 8:02pm

To say that certain foods are incomplete proteins is technically incorrect. All foods (except for gelatin, which lacks tryptophan) contain all essential amino acids, just in varying amounts. While one food may be lower in a particular essential amino acid than another, it is highly likely that another food eaten over the course of the day will contain a high amount of that amino acid. It is an outdated theory that one must eat "complementary" proteins in the same meal.


04/15/2014 - 9:41am

Oh yeah?? I eat a very healthy whole food diet, but little meat. And I was just diagnosed with a protein deficiency.


04/23/2015 - 1:59pm

I have tried to find research that indicates health risks associated with eating too much / high amounts of protein. I could not find any. I'm not sure the study about women and bone fractures is really too compelling. I'm not advocating high protein, I just think if an article is going to talk about something as being risky, it should cite credible sources.


05/23/2015 - 7:18pm

I'm confused. The article first says that women should get 46 g of protein per day. Then it says that your protein intake should be 35% of your calories or 175g.


09/24/2015 - 2:45pm

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