Have you noticed that whenever anyone tries to change their diet they always get concerned about protein? When you try to get healthier, be it giving up fast food, trying to gain muscle, or attempting to go vegetarian or vegan – you always hear about eating enough protein. Obviously we need protein in our diet, but is this obsession of having lots of it actually reasonable? Or are we just conditioned to think that the more protein we eat the better off we’ll be? Well, turns out there is such a thing as too much protein. Generally the amount of protein you need varies by age, gender and activity level, maxing out at around 3,5 grams of protein per kilogram of weight for serious athletes who are doing heavy training every day. On average people generally need between 45 to 55 grams of protein per day. But what happens when you eat too much protein? Well you’re about to find out.
You know that feeling when your stomach just feels hard and heavy and like weighted down? It’s not a nice feeling. Eating too much protein can definitely feel that way, since protein is hard to digest and if you have too much at once or just constantly have too much – your stomach and intestines will struggle.