What happens when you eat too much protein

Are you getting too much protein?

Calculate your weight in kilograms, multiply by 0.8. That’s how many grams of proteins you need each day. Use a higher number (between 1 and 1.8) if you are under stress, are pregnant, are recovering from an illness, or if you are involved in consistent and intense weight or endurance training. Let’s suppose that your weight is 70 kg, so 70 kg x 0.8 = 56 g proteins you need each day. Eating more than that is not a good idea.

Studies show that too much protein can dehydrate you. Digested protein creates a byproduct called urea nitrogen. Your body uses water to flush this urea nitrogen out. Not drinking enough water for this process could dehydrate you, gain fat not muscle.

Adding protein to your diet also adds calories. It doesn’t matter if the extra calories come from protein, carbs, fat, if you overeat, your body will store the excess as fat, losing calcium. Digesting protein releases acid in your blood. Your body uses calcium to neutralize acids. Early studies suggest too much protein could leach calcium from your bones.

If high protein is bad, why is there added protein to our food? Research shows believe a food is healthier when it has more protein. Don’t fall for the marketing ploy! Instead, get the right level of protein from the healthy sources.