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    Getting 180 grams of Protein on a 2,000 calorie Diet

    Currently I am cutting. I have lost 35 lbs in 3 monthes. I have been tracking my diet for the last month and a half on livestrong.com. In looking over the log, I noticed that I am getting about 80 to 90 grams of Protein a day.

    I know that I could add 3 or 4 protein shakes a day and get to where I need to be, but then I would be over by 500 calories a day. I guess my real question is do I really need 180 grams of Protein while Dieting? To do this, I am going to have to dramatically change what I am eating. I have all ready cut out a lot of the foods I love, I am afraid if I keep cutting away the foods I love, I will end up with a diet I hate.
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    I run an 1800 or so calorie diet while cutting and it consists of roughly the following. It goes up and down depending on if I eat more fish or eggs rather than chicken during a certain day. here is an example.

    Whey + Creatine Shake w/ Milk
    6 Egg Whites
    1 Can of Tuna Or Chicken Breast
    Whey + Creatine Shake w/ Milk
    6-8oz Chicken Breast or Tuna
    6-8oz Chicken Breast

    I don't really use any carbs. " Rice, Sweet potatoes etc". I run low carb with success. According to my fitday I run easy over 200 grams of protein and it's a pretty clean diet. I'm 178lbs right now and I'm not hungry or tired because of it. Just figured I'd throw that out there. Good luck bro

    And a side note. Dieting is not fun. It's always more fun to eat ****ty food. And it's very easy to eat right. So you'll have to make that choice eventually if you want to turn your body into what you want.
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    Originally Posted by NioRaman View Post
    I run an 1800 or so calorie diet while cutting and it consists of roughly the following. It goes up and down depending on if I eat more fish or eggs rather than chicken during a certain day. here is an example.

    Whey + Creatine Shake w/ Milk
    6 Egg Whites
    1 Can of Tuna Or Chicken Breast
    Whey + Creatine Shake w/ Milk
    6-8oz Chicken Breast or Tuna
    6-8oz Chicken Breast

    I don't really use any carbs. " Rice, Sweet potatoes etc". I run low carb with success. According to my fitday I run easy over 200 grams of protein and it's a pretty clean diet. I'm 178lbs right now and I'm not hungry or tired because of it. Just figured I'd throw that out there. Good luck bro

    And a side note. Dieting is not fun. It's always more fun to eat ****ty food. And it's very easy to eat right. So you'll have to make that choice eventually if you want to turn your body into what you want.
    Thanks for Replying......how long have you been on this diet? How much have you lost with it? Thats a lot of chicken and/or tuna! I would be tempted to throw some turkey, bison, pork or lean beef in the mix just to switch it up a bit. Do you have any cheat days?
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    Originally Posted by drsogr View Post
    Thanks for Replying......how long have you been on this diet? How much have you lost with it? Thats a lot of chicken and/or tuna! I would be tempted to throw some turkey, bison, pork or lean beef in the mix just to switch it up a bit. Do you have any cheat days?
    Mixing up the variety of meat is fine, just plug it into your livestrong.com and see if it fits what you need. Cook a bunch of meat at once so you can just pop a piece or two into the microwave for a snack instead of wasting those calories on carbs or fats.
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    Just find any location that has sales for steak/chicken and stock up. My fridge has like 8 lbs of cooked chicken breast and 3-4 lbs of lean steak that makes it really easy to get enough protein without being inconvenient.
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    Stock up on chicken, try to work it into different meals, also tuna is a good option.

    I drink 1-2 shakes a day, and my meats are tuna or chicken, I have no problem getting around 160g of protein a day, even though my goal is 200g.
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    just drinking 2 shakes a day will add 100g of protein
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    Originally Posted by drsogr View Post
    Currently I am cutting. I have lost 35 lbs in 3 monthes. I have been tracking my diet for the last month and a half on livestrong.com. In looking over the log, I noticed that I am getting about 80 to 90 grams of Protein a day.

    I know that I could add 3 or 4 protein shakes a day and get to where I need to be, but then I would be over by 500 calories a day. I guess my real question is do I really need 180 grams of Protein while Dieting? To do this, I am going to have to dramatically change what I am eating. I have all ready cut out a lot of the foods I love, I am afraid if I keep cutting away the foods I love, I will end up with a diet I hate.
    You have to make a decision and substitute some of your carbs/fats for protein to get to 180ish. There should still be enough room to have some of the foods you like. Then have cheat meals every so often to treat yourself. Losing weight is not easy, but it doesnt have to be complete torture.
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