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WEIGHT LOSS & HIGH-PROTEIN DIETS
ARE YOU LOSING MORE THAN WEIGHT?
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As important as protein is for our body, there are
many misconceptions about how much we really need in our diet, and the
best way to obtain it. The average American eats about twice as much
protein than what is actually required. Some people, in the pursuit of
losing weight and becoming slim, are going on high-protein diets and are
eating up to four times the amount of protein
their body needs. Protein deficiency is certainly not a problem in
So exactly how much protein does your body really need? Much less
think. According to the American Heart Association and the National
Institutes of Health, as little as 50-60 grams of protein is enough for
adults. This breaks down to about 10-12% of total calories.
Your body only
needs 0.36 grams of protein per pound of body weight. To calculate
amount you need, multiply your ideal weight by 0.36. This will give
optimum daily protein requirement in grams. Since the amount of
needed depends on the amount of lean body mass and not fat, ideal weight
used instead of actual weight. Infants, children, pregnant and
require more protein.
Medical evidence shows that the body loses an
average of 1.75 milligrams of calcium in the urine for every 1 gram
increase in animal protein ingested. Additionally, as calcium and
other minerals are leached from our bones, they are deposited in the kidneys and can form into painful kidney stones.
kidney stone becomes large enough to cause a blockage, it stops the flow
urine from the kidney and must be removed by surgery or other methods.
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