What You Need to Know About High-Protein Diets | Nutrition
To build more muscle, you have to add extra protein to your diet. While this is simply a misconception, one that we’ve told you about in an article from last week (check it out here), many people still consume a lot more protein than what’s required.
On average, depending on several factors including gender, age, and activity levels, you should get around 1-2g of protein per kilogram of body weight per day. However, because many believe adding extra protein builds more muscle, they can often eat too much protein. This could lead the body to store excess protein as fat – because of the artery-clogging saturated fat you could get from such a meal. So yeah, a high-protein diet has its drawback too. A few of them, in fact.
The Drawbacks of High-Protein Diets
You can’t just pack away as much protein as you like into your diet. Nutrition experts urge caution that high-protein diets can lead to high levels of ammonia and low levels of calcium in the body. Both these conditions have health risks.
According to Director of Nutrition Studies at Stanford Prevention Research Center at Stanford University (Palo Alto, California), Christopher D. Gardner, bacteria in your gut and in your cells produces ammonia when it breaks down protein. This by-product is turned into a chemical called urea in your liver and is expelled from the body as urine. While there is still not enough evidence to tell us the long-term risks of higher levels of ammonia in the body, ammonia build up is known to cause a number of problems, like extreme tiredness and confusion.
There is also evidence to suggest that high-protein diets enable the body to excrete excess calcium in the urine. According to metabolic bone disease expert, Dr. Deborah Sellmeyer, to counteract an increase in acids caused by protein consumption (calcium neutralizes acids), the body releases stores of calcium into the bloodstream. This could lead to osteoporosis in the long run.
Plus, and more obviously, animal products that are high in protein are typically high in saturated fats. This increases the risk for diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and several types of cancer.
What You Can Do
I know these drawbacks can cause concerns. But that’s why I’m informing you all about this. There is a right way to add protein into your diet and I could help you.
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