It was only a little over, and really depends on a persons size. 20 gms of protein and 20 gms of carbs per meal is for an overweight woman that weighs about 150lbs. A guy or larger person usually needs more.
To figure out how many gms of carbs/proteins you need per meal: For a person not terribly overweight, take weight and divide by 6 (meals). A relatively fit 120 lb woman would need 20gms protein and 20 gms carbs per meal for six meals per day. But for someone with a lot of weight to lose, you take lean body mass and divide by six. I weigh 143lbs, but am at least 20lbs overweight. Should weigh around 120 (maybe less!!), so I use 120 divided by 6= 20. You can find out lean mass with the calculator on this site. Plug in some numbers and get the figure. I don't think too many people should go below 20gms of each per meal though. Maybe a seasoned vet can chime in if I am incorrect!!
Hope this helps! Julie (inVA)
Julie-- I always wondered how they came up with the 20/20. Thanks for clearing that up. Maybe you can help me---I am 5'4" and started my challenge at 124lbs. Not overweight but REALLY out of shape. Never really exercised/dieted as I was blessed with a high metabolism. I am 42 years old and well that metabolism isn't what it once was which has landed me with chunky thighs and a tummy. I am at the start of my 6th week and have lost 3-4lbs depending on the day (yes, I am a scale watcher). My clothes definitely feel looser and I am beginning to see definition in my arms. Here is the problem.....I still have a stomach that doesn't want to go away. I really don't care about how much I weigh but feel like I need to loose weight to get rid of the tummy but have only lost 3-4 lbs. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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