How much protein do I really need per day in grams? I am female, mid-30’s. I am currently taking the Fenfluramine, Phentermine combination and eating my usual diet ( low fat, high in complex carbohydrates, veggies, some meat and fish, some dairy).
I saw in the Dunne’s Nutrition Almanac, 3rd ed., which a woman within my age range, but weighing less should take in 44 grams of protein per day. There is no way I can take in that much. I’ve been reading that Americans take in far more protein than we actually need. Is Dunne’s figure high? Thanks.
According to the National Academy of Sciences 1989 Recommended Dietary Allowances, you (women 25 to 51+ years of age) need 50 grams of protein per day. Dunne’s figure is low and based on the previous 1980 RDA’s.
Fenfluramine, Phentermine combination has no effect on increasing or decreasing your protein requirement.
Actually, if you eat six ounces of meat or fish and 2 cups of milk or 2 servings of dairy foods and six servings of complex carbohydrates like bread, cereal, rice or pasta you are probably getting the 50 grams recommended.
Your body uses protein to build and repair tissue. Some cells in your body are replaced rather frequently and need protein in their structure, enzymes or hormones the cell produces.
Americans typically eat very large meat portions, especially as they are dining away from home. Some are consuming double their RDA. By the way, adult men 25 to 51+ years of age need 63 grams of protein per day. This is because they are usually bigger and men have a higher percentage of lean muscle tissue to maintain than women.