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How to tell if you are Eating Too Much Protein

The human body uses protein to build and repair muscle tissues and does several other functions. This theory could make you a protein-addict. Find out if you are one already.

Exercise & Fitness By Himanshu SharmaSep 23, 2014

Protein, an Important Part of a Balanced Diet

Protein is an essential part of life. The human body uses the nutrients for many different reasons, including its function of being a building block for muscle. The body can’t build and repair muscle tissues without enough protein. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Are you Eating More Protein?

Proteins are large, complex molecules that have a variety of functions to perform inside the body. We need protein owing to the very critical function it serves. Getting too much of this nutrient doesn’t help you build more muscle or make you stronger. (Image source:Gettyimages)

How Eating Excess Protein can be Problematic

The more isn’t necessarily better. Sometimes, it is just that you are taking in more calories than what your body needs. In some cases, more protein can even be problematic. Read on to figure out if your diet might be too heavy-handed on the protein. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Kidney Problems

Kidney problem is one of the signs you could be eating too much protein. Our kidneys filter waste, which is made as our bodies digest protein. Studies suggest that diets higher in protein put a greater strain on the kidneys. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Weight Gain

Weight gain is one of the complications associated with bulking up on protein. A study published in TIME reported that those assigned a high-protein diet gain more weight as compared to those on low-protein diet. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Dehydration

Eating too much protein can affect body’s filtering process. The body has to use more water to flush out that additional nitrogen when consuming more protein. One may not experience dehydration as long as water intake is increased simultaneously with protein intake. (Image source:Gettyimages)

How much of Protein do we Need?

Ideally, 10 to 35% of the total daily calories should come from protein-rich foods. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it's not hard to get this amount if you eat two to three servings of protein-rich foods a day. (Image source:Gettyimages)

When do we need more Protein?

There are certain groups with special protein needs. These include pregnant and breastfeeding women, athletes, dieters and vegans. These groups need careful planning and may require more food to fulfill protein requirement. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Best Protein Sources

Lean animal sources include red meat, poultry without skin, non-fat or low-fat dairy products, and fish are some of the excellent sources of protein. Soy foods such as tofu, green soybeans and soy nuts, and protein-rich grains are quinoa, spelt, and amaranth, which provide a good amount of proteins. It is advised to eat different plant proteins and spread them across different meals. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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