DEAR PEGGY: I'm following a diet of about 1,300 calories a day. Based on that number of
calories, how many grams of protein, fiber and fat should I consume on a daily basis?
—J. B., Pleasant Hill, Missouri
It's generally recommended that your calories should be:
- 60% Carbohydrates
- 30% Fat
- 10% Protein
In a 1,300 calorie-a-day diet, that equals:
- 585-845 calories or 146 to 211 grams from carbohydrates
- 130-455 calories or 33 to 114 grams from protein
- 260-455 calories or 29 to 51 grams from fat
Also, women should aim to include about 21-25 grams of fiber each day.