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To figure out your needs, simply multiply your weight in pounds by one of the following:
Sedentary adult 0.4
Active adult 0.4-0.6
Growing athlete 0.6-0.9
Adult building muscle mass 0.6-0.9
berniek wrote:I am 77 years old, 6'4", 178 lbs. I started a vegan no oil diet in October 2010 and lost 28 pounds. I've exercised at a fitness center with weight machines for 30 years. The weights that I use on several machines equal or exceed my body weight. Since starting the new way of eating I've lost muscle mass and experience a burning sensation as well in my thighs. Blood work is normal. I'm concerned that my protein intake may be inadequate for rebulding of muscle. What would you consider adequate protein intake? My current average intake is around 45 g per day.
GeoffreyLevens wrote:The mass loss is more likely due to other factors than a small drop in protein.
65 RDA --> 45 actual = 30% drop does not seem so small to me
GeoffreyLevens wrote:From original postMy current average intake is around 45 g per day.
I am assuming similar amount since starting this woe in 10/2010
GeoffreyLevens wrote:I must be missing something. I don't see how 45 grams can be 65 grams...
Lani Muelrath wrote:GeoffreyLevens wrote:I must be missing something. I don't see how 45 grams can be 65 grams...
As Hazelrah said, we don't know what the previous values were before the current count of 45 grams as a point of comparison, only the RDA recommend.
berniek wrote:I don't have a good handle on what my pre vegan intake was. Considering that I'm totally plant based now and was eating about 2000 calories per day of meat, cheese, chicken, fish and all of that nasty stuff and then lost 28 pounds when I stopped in 2010, I very likely was close to 100 grams per day.
But the numbers that you're suggesting are considerably higher than what Dr. McDougall recommends in his books. How do you account for that?
"The U.S. Dept of Agriculture, the WHO and all other international health organizations recommend protein levels ranging from 33 to 71 grams a day for adult men and women...."
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