We already know that we need protein for our hair, skin, nails and to maintain a good lean body mass. Also, we need it because almost very function in the body needs protein. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, to have a high protein low carb plan is good but too much protein can be unhealthy and can have major side effects. Extra protein will NOT help build more muscle because the body will take it as calories and fat.
*** Adults should take 10% – 35% of the day’s calories.
Recommended amounts for women: 46 grams
Recommended for men: 56 grams
Who needs more protein?
– Pregnant and breastfeeding women, athletes, dieters, vegetarians, vegans.
Protein should take up no more than 1/3 of your plate at meals. But you should include some protein in every meal to spread your intake.
The International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism explains that ingesting too much protein than what you are supposed to can lead to: elevated toxins in blood, nausea, diarrhea, plus other problems. Also, TOO much is STORED AS BODY FAT.
So…if you are trying to lose weight and you are exercising and cutting on processed foods, sugar, etc…and are not seeing results and you are in a very high protein diet…maybe you should take a look at your protein intake.