• Though more than 60% of American women are overweight, extreme dieting is not the answer. A healthy diet that includes fruits, vegetables, and lean protein will lead to a healthy weight.

    Mathematical Method

    If you follow this formula, you will figure the required amount. Take your body weight in pounds and divide it by 2.2 (to convert to kilograms). Take that number and multiply it by 0.8 (to covert to grams of protein). The answer is the number in grams of protein that a women needs in a day, even while dieting.

    Hand Method

    Another way to figure the amount of protein a woman needs while dieting is by using her hand. A healthy dieting woman should get two to three servings of protein day, a serving being the size and thickness of the palm of your hand.


    A dieting woman should choose lean sources of protein. Examples of lean proteins include skim milk, skim cheese, egg whites, chicken without the skin, fish, beans, nuts, and seeds.


    A good source of vegetarian protein, a healthy diet includes two to four servings of soy a week.


    Too much protein from high-fat sources, like marbled steaks, bacon, and butter can lead to heart disease.


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  • Men who work out for 45 minutes three to five days a week need about 0.45 gram per pound; women with the same activity level need 0.35 gram per pound. So an 180-pound guy who works out regularly needs about 80 grams of protein a day. For a 140-pound woman, that translates to nearly 50 grams of protein daily.
  • 1 gram per pound of body weight

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