Because the idea is that you should be losing, not just maintaining. It's also about fitness--it is assumed that you are NOT sedentary.
The more calories you get from protein, the more satisfied you will feel. If you get a great deal of your calories from carbs (fruits, grains, CRACKERS) that you will have a hard time not snacking throughout the day and feeling hungry.
Glad you got your answer. Sparkpeople does try to incorporate the most up-to-date scientific research for weight loss. A slightly higher protein intake has been show to: --maintain muscle mass --promote satiety
Thus our 60 gram minimum for females.
Becky Your SP Registered Dietitian
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I tend to eat a lot of veggies and fruits and dairy, so a lot of my protein comes from yogurt, beans, and tofu. Protein levels are not as high in those as they are in meats/chicken, and I find it hard to hit 60 grams each day. So I checked on how much protein a relatively sedentary woman needs -- and find that 47 grams is more or less the normal recommendation. I can hit that number almost every day.
Why does Sparkpeople "require" an extra 13 grams of protein each day? Is it just to keep you fuller? Or is there some nutritional benefit I don't know about?
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