Is there such a thing as having too much protein?!
Many people are not very clear about the effects of too little or too much protein. Below we will focus on the effects of having too much protein, without an adequate amount of exercise.
There are a few things that could actually happen if an individual is to consume an excessive amount of protein. (How much protein do I actually need?) This is a key reason why a high-protein diet should be coupled with a well-planned resistance exercise routine. In very simplistic terms, an excess of protein will be stored as fat (you DON’T want this!).
Therefore, the first and foremost effect you may notice is actually a gain of weight! Your body is simply incapable of storing the excess consumed protein as an energy source to be utilized later on. Therefore, whatever in excess will automatically be converted into “FAT”! Hence, ensure you have a good exercise regimen to complement your high intake of protein.
The other effect of having an excessive amount of protein is that your body will actually excrete a higher amount of calcium into your urine when you consume a high amount of amount of protein through a high-protein diet. Therefore, it may be recommended that you take some calcium supplements on the side to prevent the possibility of osteoporosis when you age. Hence, it is always good to know what is the limit to your protein intake (click here to find out more)
One other important tip to be aware of is that high-protein diets are NOT suitable for those with kidney problems. A normal healthy individual who has perfectly normal functioning kidneys may be able to tolerate the higher amount of protein but this may not be the case with someone with kidney issues. An excess of protein may in fact further exacerbate the kidney problems, and it can also cause dehydration and leads your body to have more complications. (read on further below!)
Occasionally, there would be some individuals that would have problems with constipation. With the additional amount of protein that you are consuming, your body requires a greater amount of water to further break down the high amount of proteins consumed. Hence, it is important to drink lots and lots of water when you embark on a high protein diet, to prevent the case of dehydration and constipation. To begin with, drinking more water should be intuitive as well if you are exercising on a regular basis! And did you know that by consuming more water, it actually helps you to lose weight? Drinking plenty of water helps give you the feeling of fullness and prevents you from snacking further. In addition, a lot of body processes requires water as part of the ingredient to function optimally!
So does this mean that high-protein diets are dangerous? Not quite, if you are a healthy normal individual who usually drinks plenty of water and has a set of exercise plan along with your high-protein diet, you will likely end up being fine. However, make sure you know how much protein is appropriate for you by reading the link to my article about protein (here). And be sure that you have a sustainable resistance exercise regimen to complement your high protein diet for maximal weight loss effect and be able to stick to it on a daily basis!
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