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Eating too much protein


Weightlifters are constantly bombarded with messages about how important protein is to muscular gains. However, balance is vital and a diet should not be pushed towards the limits, no matter the advantages we are trying to get. Especially in bodybuilding, people should be aware that too much can be indeed too much. Protein is essential to life, whether we take it from vegetable or animal sources, but excessive quantities are a burden to the body.

How do you know you’re having too much protein? After all, shouldn’t you get more than the rest of people, for muscle building purposes? Yes, but you may be crossing the line without realizing it. Here are the top warning signs:

You’re gaining weight

You’re focusing on protein while avoiding too many carbs and fats, yet your adipose layer is growing. This is because protein is a nutrient too, and it can make you fat when you’re not using all of it for muscle gains.

Your digestion isn’t working properly

Diarrhea, excessive gas or constipation can be signs of too much protein in your diet.


You may experience various deficiencies (that show on medical tests) when you’re focusing only on your protein intake. It’s because you’re ignoring other food types that contain important minerals and vitamins in significant doses. Without those, you’re developing deficiencies and compromising your health.

Kidney issues

Kidneys start to malfunction when too much protein is involved. Usually, this begins when you consume a lot of protein shakes and powder supplement. It’s easy to exaggerate this way, a protein in liquid form is so easy to ingest. Additionally, loading yourself with protein can lead to dehydration, which is another issue affecting the kidneys too. Also, there will be too many nitrogen waste products in your blood. These put a greater stress on your kidneys, further leading to dehydration.

High risk of cardiovascular disease

Animal sources of protein come packed with a lot of other compounds, like unhealthy fats, that weight down your system. In time, the risk of cardiovascular disease is growing. Basically, eating meat too frequently is the worst thing you can do in this regard.

Candida and cancer growth

A high protein intake means your body might face excessive sugar as a breakdown product, since it transforms nutrients into sugars, including the protein. This is known by scientists to feed yeast, bacteria and cancer cells. It is their primary source of nourishment.

There are many more consequences to protein-based diets, but these are the main ones and the best observed by researchers. Whenever you have a fitness goal, keep an eye on the health norms too, as to avoid any excess or harmful habit.

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