If you follow a low carb or Paleo diet you are probably interested in calculating the amount of protein you need to eat in any one day. Following low carb or Paleo diet principles, you are probably eating adequate amounts of protein in your diet. It is never the less interesting to calculate the amount of protein you need and compare this to the amount you are eating in your diet.
In Micheal Eades book “Protein Power” he recommends that a person of moderate physical activity should be eating daily 6/10ths of a gram (0.6 gram) of protein for every pound of your Lean Body Mass.
In reality, this means if you have a lean body mass of 100 pounds then you should be consuming 72 grams of protein per day.
Before moving onto the protein calculator you need to find out your Lean Body Mass (LBM).
This is estimated by subtracting your total body weight minus your body fat weight.
I have found the best way is to use an online calculator such as http://www.healthstatus.com/calculate/lean-body-mass
Use this LBM figure to work out your daily protein needs, depending on your activity.
Daily Activity Levels.
Sedentary = 0.5 grams per pound of LBM
Moderate activity = 0.6 grams per pound of LBM
Active = 0.7 grams per pound LBM
Very active = 0.8 grams per pound of LBM
Althele in training = 0.9 grams per pound of LBM
LBM x ……grams per pound (from activity levels above) = approximate minimum protein needs per day.
For example a moderately active person with a LBM of 111.
111 x 0.6 = 66.6 grams of protein per day.
You can divide this figure by three to estimate the amount of protein required in each meal. So in the example above you would aim to eat around 22 grams of protein per meal.
Please note these protein calculation figures are just a guide and should be followed with caution, particularly for some medical conditions and the elderly, young and pregnant these figures may not be safe to follow. I strongly recommend discussing with your doctor.