How much protein do I need during weight loss?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Nutritionist Tracee Brenner discusses how much protein is needed during weight loss.

    Tracee Brenner

    Tracee is founder of Nutrition is Healing a nutrition counseling firm to provide individualized services regarding weight loss, eating disorders, prevention of heart disease, diabetes, blood pressure, GI issues and overall wellness. The focus is on Holistic Nutrition, incorporating the importance of eating real foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, herbs and spices and understanding the incredible benefits they have on your body, as well as stress reducing techniques. Tracee went to Johnson and Wales Culinary school and graduated in 1986 and went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian at Marymount College and did her internship at New York Hospital Cornell Medical Center. She recently co-authored the book Whole Life Nurtition: A Simple Approach to Nourishing America’s Busy Families. Tracee is currently launching a company web-site which include a blog and cooking section for parents, rankings of healthy food products and a nutrition section answering questions from teens and tweens. Tracee continued her education at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and participates in many continue education classes including Mind Body Medicine through the Institute of Mind Body Medicine. Tracee is a member of the American Dietetic Association and Nutrition Entrepreneurs, Nutrition in Complementary Care and Weight Management practice groups. She is also a member of the American Botanical Society and a member of the Haworth School Wellness Committee and Action For Healthy Kids.

    Host: How much protein do I need during weight loss?

    Tracee Yablon-Brenner: The average American eats about two times amount of protein that is required for their body to work properly. You only need to have about 50-60 grams of protein a day which is about 10 to 12% of your calories or protein. A portion of protein would be like the size of palm of your hand, for a burger or lean meat feed by 2 or 3 times a day. Most people tend to eat much larger portion sizes especially if you are eating out. So, you need to be aware of your portion sizes as well to lose weight.

    Infants, kids, pregnant women, nursing women tend to need more protein. The amount of protein you need daily, take your ideal weight and you multiply that by 0.

    36 grams and that is how you would come to the exact amount of protein you need daily. Excessive protein consumption, especially animal protein will increase your chances for different diseases, especially heart disease, kidney stones, osteoporosis and strokes. So, you really need to keep that in mind if you are eating a high protein diet and trying to lose weight.