378: Is High Protein Metabolically High Carb?

Aug 22, 2017

Is a high protein diet the metabolic equivalent of a high carb diet? In a lot of ways, yes.

Our bodies do not have a storage form of protein. Excess protein – more than the body needs to maintain lean mass and repair tissue – is often used in a process called gluconeogenesis, or the creation of new glucose (sugar) from protein.

Most people are eating far more protein than their bodies need and even when they’re trying to minimize carbohydrate consumption, they are disregulating glucose & insulin due to their protein consumption.

In today’s episode we’re talking about things you need to know about protein to help you shed excess fat, reduce hunger, minimize cravings and be as healthy as possible.

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In today’s episode we talked about aiming for around 0.5 grams of protein per pound of lean body mass. Lean body mass is your body weight minus your fat mass.

You can figure this out if you know your body fat percentage.

For example, if a 200 lb individual is 30% body fat we can calculate that their fat mass is 60 pounds because 30% of 200 is 60.

Then, we’ll subtract 60 from 200 to see that their lean mass (total mass minus fat mass) is 140 lbs.

Using the calculation of 0.5 grams of protein per pound of lean mass, this individual would target around 70 grams of protein per day.


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