Posted by: ash | 2009-03-02

what does too much protein do?


Just say for example you need 100 grams of protein a day for your body weight   you also do moderate exercise 4-5 days a week.

what if you take 200 - 250 grams protein a day instead of 100 grams? my question is, if you take about a 100% more than your daily allocation - is the extra just discarded by your body? or does it turn to fat or something?


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Dear Ash
If you eat too much protein and this pushes your energy intake above the amount of energy you require every day for your body processes and your exercise then you would gain weight. Any food when eaten in excess and if it makes your energy intake exceed your energy output, can potentially cause weight gain. In addition, excessive protein intake puts a strain on the kidneys and if you are obtaining the protein from animal products such as meat, full-cream milk, cheese, eggs, etc, then you would also increase your intake of total fat and saturated fat, which is not desirable. Rather use protein in moderation. The actual recommended intake for adults is 56 g of protein per day! and athletes can use up to 2g of protein per kg body weight, thus a 70 kg athlete would be able to ingest 140g of protein.
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