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DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,583
7/1/13 3:02 P

The reason your program shows a more narrow range for protein, carbs and fat---is because you have chosen the diabetes program. For this program we use the more strict % guidelines by the American Diabetes Assocation being 50% carbs, 30% fat and 20% protein.

Our regular program is:
45-65% carb
20-35% fat
10-35% protein----which would then put the upper gram amount on a 1200-1550 calorie range to 136 grams of protein.

The protein range that you are sharing is in no way dangerous or inappropriate for the healthy adult.

Becky
SP Registered Dietitian

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7/1/13 2:53 P

Thanks so much for your response! I actually intended to include the range of my protein goal, but when I began to type my original message, I could not remember it, I was planning on checking back on my profile before I posted...but then I forgot to do it! My protein "range" is 60 to 78, and I cannot change it since I am using the diabetes management plan and they do not allow for any adjustments. The range that you report, up to 171 is VERY liberal, allowing for individual eating patterns. I agree that 171 is TOO high....and I have never gone over 90. I just find it counter productive to get a message from sparks that my protein is TOO HIGH (with an explanation of all the dangers of a diet too high in protein) for a daily total of 87! I will just ignore this feedback, but my question is WHAT is the rationale on the part of the dieticians to give that feedback?

MEGAPEEJ Posts: 732
7/1/13 2:38 P

Generally 60 is the low end of your range - there should also be a higher number that is the max end of your range. For example, my range for protein is 60-171, so I should eat a minimum of 60 grams, a maximum of 171 (though I've never gotten close to that!).

Are you seeing that range on your nutrition page? If you do not have such a range, it is possible you manually set the protein range (perhaps accidentally) to be so restrictive.

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7/1/13 2:30 P

Although I have not been diagnosed as diabetic, I am following the diabetes meal plan, to address my prediabetic condition as I am trying to lose about 20 pounds. Cutting out refined carbs, and keeping a good balance between "good" fats, complex carbs and proteins has been wonderful for me! I am tracking my blood sugar and eating this way has kept my numbers in the 80s and 90s! However, as I track my daily food intake, I am finding that my goal range for protein is unnecessarily rigid. Even when keeping ALL other categories within range (calories/fats/carbs), I am consistently going OVER in protein by 10 to 20 grams per day (80 to 90 instead of the recommened 65). From my research, I do not see what harm it would do to consume up to 100 grams of protein daily. Why would I choose to replace these protein calories with fats or carbs, if I am already meeting the minimum for each of those categories? Please share the rationale for such a restricted protein goal. Thank you!

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