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The Protein Myth: How Much Do You Really Need?

From the Show: Life's Too Short
Summary: Does that added protein in your diet actually create more muscle?
Air Date: 3/21/17
Duration: 17:02
Guest Bio: Felicia Stoler, PhD
Dr. Felicia StolerDr. Felicia Stoler is a registered dietitian, exercise physiologist and expert consultant in disease prevention, wellness and healthful living. She has a bachelors from Tulane University, a masters in applied physiology and nutrition from Columbia University and her doctorate in clinical nutrition from UMDNJ.

Felicia serves on many local, state and national committees related to health and wellness. Felicia is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and is a Fellow of the ACSM. Felicia is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is on the House of Delegates.

Dr. Stoler hosted the second season of TLC's groundbreaking series, Honey, We're Killing the Kids!, which took aim at the unhealthy lifestyles of families, across the country, in an effort to motivate them to make positive changes. She is the author Living Skinny in Fat Genes™: The Healthy Way to Lose Weight and Feel Great (Pegasus) which was featured in USA Weekend among the top must have books in 2011.

She has been a contributor for and written several book chapters. Stoler authored the ACSM's Current Comment on Childhood Obesity.
The idea that Americans need more protein in their diets is untrue. Protein consumption isn’t a problem.

You don’t store extra protein as muscle mass. It actually turns into fat.

Are you eating so much protein that you’re denying yourself fiber and carbohydrates?

Consuming too much protein can deplete your body’s calcium stores. It taxes your kidneys and can contribute to heart disease.

How much protein do you really need?

The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) is 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. That’s about 56 grams for men and 46 grams for women. It should be 20 percent of your daily caloric intake. Athletes may need a little more.

Do you need more protein? Journal your eating habits for a week. Note your likes and tendencies. See where you could improve your nutrient intake.

And, be sure to get plenty of rest if you’re trying to build muscle.

Listen as Dr. Felicia Stoler joins Melanie Cole, MS, to debunk the protein myth.

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