How Much Protein Do You Need On a Low Carb Diet?

Our protein needs depend on our age, size, and activity level. The standard method used by nutritionists to estimate our minimum daily protein requirement is to multiply the body weight in kilograms by .8, or weight in pounds by .37. This is the number of grams of protein that should be the daily minimum. According to this method, a person weighing 150 lbs. should eat 55 grams of protein per day, a 200-pound person should get 74 grams.  I need about 44g a day.

Let’s look at my protein intake on a given day.


An egg has about 6g of protein.

My tuna salad with mozzarella had about 40g of protein (on salad)

(I am already at the amount I need)

I had a burger for dinner (with salad) at 20g of protein

I had some strawberries.

A protein bar with 10g of protein

A small carbolite frozen dessert with 9g of protein.

My total:  145g of protein.  No wonder my nails are so strong!

But, I do get fat and carbs in my diet.  I just try NOT to go over 100g of carbs a day.  My protein bars, fruit, and veggies in my salad had carbs.  My burger, cheese, protein bar and egg all had fat.  I eat the yolk in the egg to get some fat.

So, there you have what I do.  You don’t have to do what I do, but it keeps my weight down, I feel good and my skin, hair and nails are all stronger and better than ever.

It is said that if you have too much protein, your breathe will smell.  So far, so good.  And if you work out, you need even more protein.  I work out a lot, so I am glad that I eat it.


2 thoughts on “How Much Protein Do You Need On a Low Carb Diet?

  1. Thanks! I am eating a lot more than the daily minimum usually about 100-120 so I wasn’t sure if that was ok. When you say you have 50 to 100 carbs per day, do you mean total carbs or net carbs? Your blog is fantastic. I love the practical advice plus motivation!

    • Thank you for the compliment. So nice to hear from a reader. I work reallly hard on this blog for no compensation, other than knowing that I help others. I am really saying regular carbs, but net is ok to consider. Keep in touch.

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