5 Feb 2015

The Lowdown on Protein: How Much is Too Much?

High protein diet is arguably the most popular trend among fitness buffs right now. While others know exactly how to play the game, plenty more are unable to balance theirs. The result is sadly, the inverse of what protein freaks are after. They gain weight, experience kidney problems and completely abolish their goals of having a healthier lifestyle.

So really, when it comes to protein: Just how much is too much?

There’s a lot more to consider than just drinking protein shake daily and binging on white meat. Here’s the lowdown on protein.

Protein IS essential

Those who want to build muscles but are on a no-protein diet will find it hard to achieve their goals because protein is essentially, the muscle builders of your body. It is also responsible for producing 22 amino acids as well as the enzymes and hormones your body needs to function at prime time.

There is such a thing as BAD protein

Hold on up on those pork chops and milk. The proteins that contain the highest level of saturated fats typically come from eggs, dairy and meat. Unless you’re sure that top sirloin is grass fed, then you might want to slow down on the meat.

Deep-sea fish and white meat, however, are great sources of the good kind of protein, which are low on saturated fats and calories. If you really want the best of them all, vegetables offer the purest form of healthy protein. Start with spinach, peas, corn, Brussels sprouts and broccoli.

You have to sweat it out

Here’s the thing: When you start drinking protein shakes, you need to sweat them out or else, they will turn to stored fat. Instead of giving you a set of chiseled rock hard abs, you’ll be rewarded with a flabby stomach enough to make a five-year-old bounce. The same goes with every other protein you intend to consume.

If you are going to boost your protein intake, you need to make sure you’re balancing it out with plenty of exercise. When you work it out, you will have an increased resting metabolic rate, which is the amount of calories your body burns even when you’re asleep.

So really, just how much is too much?

Plenty of experts have weighed in on this and here’s what we found: No more than 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight (2.2 grams per kg) or 30-40% of calories is what’s referred to as safe and acceptable. Not going lower than 0.5 grams of protein per pound of body weight would also be reasonable for your daily exercise-consumption balance. Anything more than a gram is uncharted territory, one we highly suggest you don’t explore.

Understand though, that this amount is allowed for people who exercise. If you’re a couch potato who just enjoys binging on protein, then you’re setting yourself up for grave health risks.

Like anything in excess, over consumption of protein is a hazard to your well-being. If you’re just about to start getting muscular and fit, it’s best to consult with an expert to know exactly what you’re getting into. Plus, keep these factors in mind the next time you meet with your meat.