Very minimum grams of protein for my weight?

I'm about 190 and 5'4". I'm on a 1550 calorie diet. What's the minimum grams of protein my body needs or do you know of a decent calculator for that?
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  • psuLemon
    psuLemon Posts: 38,318 MFP Moderator
    edited September 2015
    Minimum to survive, to sustain your muscle mass, or what?

    There are a lot of benefits of getting more protein the the RDA, but there aren't many of only hitting the bare minimum.
  • juggernaut1974
    juggernaut1974 Posts: 6,212 Member
    psulemon wrote: »
    Minimum to survive, to sustain your muscle mass, or what?

    ^^ This. "Minimum" is going to depend on what your goals are.

  • yarwell
    yarwell Posts: 10,478 Member
    Verity1111 wrote: »
    I'm about 190 and 5'4". I'm on a 1550 calorie diet. What's the minimum grams of protein my body needs or do you know of a decent calculator for that?

    your 97g looks fine.
  • Francl27
    Francl27 Posts: 26,372 Member
    I'd probably try to get 100g but with a low goal like that, it's probably tough.
  • EzRemake
    EzRemake Posts: 128 Member
    155gs at least if you're on a cut.
  • jgnatca
    jgnatca Posts: 14,464 Member
    I treat my protein goal as a target not a minimum.
  • Yi5hedr3
    Yi5hedr3 Posts: 2,696 Member
    there are many different formulas. For example 1 gram per kg body weight. Another one is .6 to 1 gram per pound of LEAN BODY MASS (if you happen to know that). Another is .7 to 1 gram per pound, which I think is high, but the Protein folks have convinced the Bodybuilders it is true ;) Go Figure.....
  • sixxpoint
    sixxpoint Posts: 3,529 Member
    edited September 2015
    0.60 - 0.82 grams protein per 1 lb. bodyweight for new muscle synthesis in active adults. This has been proven and studied for 30+ years as the optimal value.

    The mix-up in communication is that a sedentary person does not need this much protein since their goal is not to add muscle. They are not weight lifting, they are sitting at a desk or on a couch.

    Lastly, the bodybuilding thing is a non-issue. The human body can't utilize more than about 0.60 - 0.82 grams protein per 1 lb. of bodyweight per day anyway. And it doesn't matter what unit of measurement you use... Kg, lb, gram, ounce... The result is the same if the appropriate numbers are plugged in.

    A bodybuilder or very active individual needs more calories than the average person... Not more protein per se. As long as a human being stays within the stated range of daily protein intake that I gave earlier, their muscle synthesis rates will be the most optimal.
  • Verity1111
    Verity1111 Posts: 3,309 Member
    thank you everyone. I am late to the party. My phone broke lol but anyway.. I ask for a minimum (for health just in general...for my body to not lose muscle basically?) because I am a vegetarian and I struggle to reach 130g of protein for a 1500cal diet. I was told to do 50% protein but it seems very unrealistic for me.
  • psuLemon
    psuLemon Posts: 38,318 MFP Moderator
    edited October 2015
    Verity1111 wrote: »
    thank you everyone. I am late to the party. My phone broke lol but anyway.. I ask for a minimum (for health just in general...for my body to not lose muscle basically?) because I am a vegetarian and I struggle to reach 130g of protein for a 1500cal diet. I was told to do 50% protein but it seems very unrealistic for me.

    100 to 120g should be fine. But you also need resistance training to help prevent/mitigate muscle loss. But you you will lose some... its inevitable.
  • withoutasaddle
    withoutasaddle Posts: 191 Member
    Cdc says about 45g
  • vfit10
    vfit10 Posts: 228 Member
    At least 100 .. But if your know you lean muscle mass .. Try to aim it .. Add up slow .. Otherwise you will hate it .
  • Kalikel
    Kalikel Posts: 9,626 Member
    The recommended amount is .8g per kilogram of healthy body weight, every day. So, if one is super-obese, the amount doesn't rise sky high. It's based on what you'd weigh if you were a healthy body.

    But when we are very obese, we need more calories, so some of them will probably be protein.

    I've never seen an "absolute minimum" and don't really know what it would be (or if such a number exists.)

    I struggle with protein, too. I'm an omnivore, but don't really eat a lot of meat. I'm not even trying to get 100 and still struggle, so am very impressed with you getting 100 as a vegetarian. You give me hope. :)
  • BurnWithBarn2015
    BurnWithBarn2015 Posts: 1,026 Member
    jgnatca wrote: »
    I treat my protein goal as a target not a minimum.

    ++
    Exactly the same

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  • Bansh3e
    Bansh3e Posts: 71 Member
    0.8/1 g per pound. :*
  • Yi5hedr3
    Yi5hedr3 Posts: 2,696 Member
    The only accurate method is by using your LEAN BODY MASS, as protein is only needed for muscle. The true minimum, per Dr. Ron Rosedale would be .6 grams per pound lean body mass per day. That being said, I agree with others that minimum may not be optimal. The range he specifies is .6 to 1, so maybe .8 ????....
  • Celestina_Loving
    Celestina_Loving Posts: 15 Member
    From the studies I have read you need 6/7% of your daily calories to come from protein just to replace the protein/amino acid loss from general living. That is why the RDA is 10% just to make sure you hit that minimum for living general life. For those of us that train hard, we have more break down and require more protein.

    Personally I recently switched from 40% to 25% protein because I was having trouble hitting 170G without 2-3 protein supplements a day and I felt like something wasn't right. After upping my carbs, lowering my fat and protein(esp from animal sources) I have a ton more energy, my trainer says my conditioning is skyrocketing, my overhead lifts are up, and my bodyweight is down. So I guess play with your numbers and find where you feel the best.
  • Sabine_Stroehm
    Sabine_Stroehm Posts: 19,268 Member
    EzRemake wrote: »
    155gs at least if you're on a cut.

    How did you get that number?
  • Verity1111
    Verity1111 Posts: 3,309 Member
    Thank you everyone! I appreciate all the info. I can hit 130g on a higher calorie diet easily, but the person I was working with wanted me on 1300 with 160g! Impossible honestly I just cant. I dont eat meat so Id be living on beans and egg whites lol Right now I have decided to eat what I want for a while and see how I lose and then after I lose at least 20lbs go back to doing 100-140 grams depending on my calorie level and exercise :) My full goal is to lose 60-70. Thank you everyone for everything! I will be looking back at this thread periodically and use it all as I go through my journey.