Hi Kim, welcome to the team!
You are right -- that amount of protein is quite a bit in excess of your nutritional requirements. 75 to 100 grams daily should be adequate for you. Under the master menu "Users," you can choose "Configure Targets" to adjust your nutrition goals.
One thing to consider is how healthy you think your overall diet is. For many people, it is not necessary to be concerned about each individual nutrient, as long as you follow your calorie target. You may have a nutrient of particular interest to you; for instance, I like to keep my sodium intake under 2500 mg daily. Otherwise, I don't get uptight about the other nutrients.
The numbers are a suggested way to break down the number of calories you eat in a day. For some things, like fats, you can use them as a daily maximum. For others, like fiber, you may need to strive to reach that number. Over all, try to keep your fats under 30%, or even 20%, but at least 10-15%, of your daily calories. For the rest of your food, simply try to eat a diet that makes sense to you.
Protein sources are: meats, eggs, dairy products, soy products, legumes (beans and lentils), nuts, seeds, and whole grains. Virtually all plant-based foods also have protein, but most of what we think of as fruits and vegetables do not contain sufficient protein to be considered a source of this nutrient.
One thing you will learn over time is that some foods are better than others with regard to getting the nutrients you eat them for. An example is bacon, which is so high in fat and sodium that using it as a protein source may run up the amounts of other numbers. That doesn't mean you can't eat bacon -- just that it is a food for moderation. Baked fish, on the other hand, has a lot of protein and other beneficial nutrients with much, much less fat and sodium.
Again, welcome to our group! We are glad to have you with us. We hope you will participate in the forums regularly, and wish you success on your journey.
And hey, I'm a Madisonian, too!
Edited by: VITAMINJ at: 1/11/2009 (16:18)
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