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Grams of Protein Requirements on Keto CLARIFIED


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I’m basing this video around one question someone had related to protein on keto. I’m going to be talking about the protein amount in protein foods versus the total weight of protein foods.

For example, if you take 6oz. of ground beef and weigh it, it’s going to be about 168 grams. You might be thinking that’s way too much protein, especially considering that on keto you need to be doing moderate protein. But, you need to differentiate between the weight of the food and the protein in that food.

Just because something is a protein food doesn’t mean that it’s 100% protein unless it’s something like protein powder. But, healthy protein sources like ground beef, turkey, eggs, ground pork, and fish are not just complete protein.

For example, 6 oz. of ground beef is 168 grams protein. But, it only has 30 grams of actual protein within that food.

What else makes up the weight? — Fat and water.

I typically recommend that the average person has 3-6 oz. of protein within a meal. This amount of protein may go up depending on:

• Your metabolism
• How big you are
• How much exercise you do
• If you’re eating fewer meals

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, 53 years of age is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of The New Body Type Guide and other books published by KB Publishing. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.


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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The Health & Wellness, Dr. Berg Nutritionals and Dr. Eric Berg, D.C. are not liable or responsible for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis or any other information, services or product you obtain through this video or site.

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