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If you’re undergoing chemotherapy, your protein needs ramp up. The average, healthy adult should aim to get 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of actual body weight per day. Patients in chemo treatment benefit from an increase to 1-1.5 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. For example, a cancer patient weighing 140 pounds needs approximately 63-95 grams of protein each day. (140 lbs ÷ 2.2= 63.6 kg. 63.6 kg. x 1.5 g = 95.4).
This may sound like an extreme amount of protein, but is a great goal to strive for knowing this increase in calories will help with weight maintenance, overall strength and treatment tolerance.
Here are some quick ways to increase the protein in your diet:
Ready to pump up the protein? Choose from a wide selection of healthy recipes: