Too Much Protein
There are a lot of different opinions on whether too much protein is bad for you or not, and it is also difficult to give an accurate guide for each individual because of size and lifestyle.
Research shows that it isn't possible for somebody that trains hard in the gym or is very athletic to have too much protein – within reason. This is because protein is the building block of repair and growth of the muscle, skin, hair and nails.
So, how do we know how much protein to have?
A rough guide of how much protein to have is 1 gram of protein per pound of bodyweight. If you are training hard consistently then you could possibly find great benefits from consuming 1.2gram or even 2gram per pound of bodyweight depending on how hard you train.
It's all about finding out what works for you. Trial, error and results.
If your sat at home all day and ate nothing but protein, the results would not be good, for example if the body doesn’t use all the protein that is eaten then the protein will turn to fat and the body can become dehydrated. At the other end of the scale, if you are body building and not eating enough protein then your muscles will not grow.
Be sure to check out our daily protein calculator to work out how much protein you should be consuming.
Consequences of eating to much protein
Consuming too much protein can have negative side affects. One of those is if you start consuming a greater amount of protein on top of your daily diet you will be consuming more calories which can lead to an increase in fat.
Secondly too much protein, such as 2+ grams per pound of bodyweight can put a lot of stress on other bodily systems.
After all is said and done, research shows that if you have a healthy lifestyle which includes exercise, then the chances of you having ill effects from too much protein are very slim. At worst you may have a bit of extra gas!
Besides, most of us struggle to reach our optimium protein intake each day, exceeding it constistantly would be extremely difficult.
Bonus of getting a lot of protein
A bonus is that neurotransmitters are made from proteins consumed in food. These neurotransmitters are essential for us to function at our best, when the body has a deficiency, we can become fatigued, stressed, can't sleep and depression can set in.
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