Wondering how much protein you need every day? Experts offer a variety of formulas but, the Institute of Medicine Dietary Reference Intakes, suggests that the acceptable range for protein is 10–35 percent of daily calories. People trying to lose weight should aim for the middle of that range, Maria Kinirons, RDN, director of science and nutrition for WW International, suggests—or about 20–25 percent of their calories. That would equal about 60–75 grams of protein on a 1,200-calorie diet.
If you’re a typical Member, here’s what you might eat in a day to get your protein:
Pepper and Egg Pocket, made with two eggs and ½ large whole-wheat pita pocket.
15 g protein
Creamy Roasted Tomato Soup and Whole Wheat Pizza
17 g protein
Beef and Vegetable Stir Fry
33 g protein
Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip with Bell Pepper Strips
12.5 g protein
Chocolate Ice Cream Sundae
4.5 g protein
Total protein for the day: 82 g