Each gram of protein equals 4 calories. So 51 times 4 is 204 calories. Carbohydrates also have 4 calories per gram, whereas fat has 9 calories per gram.
In a 1200 calorie diet, 200 calories from protein would only be 20%. So in order to avoid having carbohydrates take over a large portion of the remaining calories, it is important to add in fats and a little extra protein.
Keep in mind that most foods contain a combination of protein, carbs and fats – so it can be tricky to track every gram.
To make it easy – I think of it as dividing your plate up with equal parts protein and carb (veggies/fruits) + a wedge of space for fats (see graphic).
Here is an example of how that would look:
Meal 1: 1 scoop Stress Remedy Program (7-day or 21-day) pea protein shake, made with water or nut milk, may add berries or berry extract (Proberry) – 15 grams of protein
Meal 2: Oatmeal/Granola with 1/4 cup nuts OR 2 slices of turkey bacon – 6 grams of protein
Meal 3: Salad with 2 oz chicken, dried cranberries, avocado, and oil/vinegar – 13 grams of protein
Meal 4: 2 pieces of Turkey jerky OR dried fruit and 1/4 cup of nuts – 5 grams of protein
Meal 5: 2 oz Salmon (find safe fish here) with greens – 12 grams of protein
Meal 6: Frozen blueberries with 1/8 cup almonds – 4 grams of protein
Does that help? Please let me know what you’ve found helps you to know how much protein is the right amount for you.
Wellness to you!
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