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 Harmful effects of eating too much protein


A serious bodybuilder needs high amounts of protein to build muscles, skimping on this area will see you wasting your precious time never seeing much gains. However doctors and practitioners warn of all dangers of taking in too much protein and their harmful effects.


What are the harmful effects of taking in too much protein?


Experts say that you can develop kidney and liver damage when taking in too much protein as your body start to dehydrate taking in high amounts of protein. Too much protein can also cause you to lose calcium and this can lead to osteoporosis over time.


Harmful effects of eating too much protein


Taking in protein only from one source for example red meats can cause high blood pressure and lead to a heart attack as this type of protein source contains high amounts of cholesterol. You should be getting your protein from a wide range of foods including eggs, nuts, fish and poultry.


How do I prevent these harmful effects from protein?


As taking in too much protein has a dehydrating effect, you will need to make sure you are drinking plenty of water daily. You will need at least 8 glasses of water a day and more when training. This helps flush out the excrements that protein leave behind and the excess protein that is not used by your body.


Make sure you eat sufficient amounts of carbohydrates. Diets such as the Atkins diet almost completely cut out carbohydrates and this is not good for you. You need the fibres in these foods for a healthy gut and to protect against constipation leading to haemorrhoids and eventually cancer.


How much protein should I be eating?


It is essential to know how much protein your body actually needs. Excess protein is a waste of money and as we have seen health risks. A healthy male adult will need roughly 0.35 times the amount of protein in grams per pound of body weight. A bodybuilder or athlete in training needs 1 to 1.5 times the amount of protein per pound of body weight. As an example if you weigh 100 pounds and you are busy training you will need roughly 150 grams of protein a day.


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