Is it good to add more protein to your diet when in perimenopause? I just started to eat 1200 calories a day and exercise 5 days a week. I am going to be 49 in November. I need to lose, especially in the belly area.
Protein requirements don't increase for perimenopause. In fact, protein requirements for females do not change at all after age 14. The average woman needs 46 grams of protein a day (that's 0.8g/kg). However, protein requirements for women and men do increase on a low-calorie diet. That's because some protein is sacrificed for fuel when calories are low. Low-calorie dieters need 1g/kg to offset losses, and when strength-training or exercising a lot, they need 1.2 to 1.7g/kg a day. Read more about protein for dieters. Also note: you can increase your calories if 1200 a day feels too low, and it is better to focus on energy any fitness rather than on belly fat. Read about perimenopause at About.com.