Protein is essential for your body. You need them to build and maintain your muscles, and more. Enzymes and various hormones are also molecules of a protein nature. However, you can’t go overboard with these nutrients either. Let’s try to understand what can happen if you take too many.
You know that saying that “too much is good”? When it comes to nutrition it is a fitting saying in many situations, including those in which you fill yourself with protein. There are many reasons why you might be tempted to do so. You may be convinced that you need it because you are exercising, or because you have been told that a high-protein diet leads to weight loss. But you have to be careful: if you eat too much protein you run more of a risk.
When is a diet high-protein?
In general, if you have between 18 and 59 years you have to consider yours hyperprotein diet if you take it daily more than 1 gram of protein for every kg of ideal weight. Let’s say your ideal weight is 65 kg: for your diet not to be high-protein, you don’t need to consume more than 65 g of protein per day. Be careful: so far I’ve told you about proteins, not about foods that contain them. Let’s suppose your day starts with a 150g cup of cow’s milk: with it you will get about 5g of protein, and by adding 3 shortbread cookies you will get another 3-4 grams. A Greek yogurt for a snack will give you another 8, and if you eat a plate of wholemeal pasta with tomato, 150 grams of spinach and a peach for lunch, you will have taken another 10-12 grams. You may not feel like you have eaten much, yet you have already taken out nearly 30 of the 65 grams of protein you are allowed in your day. Which means that if you had planned a veal rump steak for dinner you could not exceed 100 grams, considering that you will still have to eat fruit and vegetables and that during the day you will also eat bread (yes, the proteins are also in the bread). In short, you can understand how easy it is to fall into the risk of a high-protein diet.