How Much Protein Is Too Much Protein?

How Much Protein Is Too Much Protein?

There is information EVERYWHERE about how much protein to consume. Then there are values thrown by the RDA, FDA, and nutritionists, etc. This can all be very confusing and once, I was too.
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In the past, it was thought that too much protein was bad for the kidneys.

Let’s start off with some general numbers that most people fall within:

  1. 0.5 g of protein per kg of body weight is the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA)
  2. 0.5 g to 1.0 g of protein per kg of body weight is what people who don’t have a weight training regimen
  3. 1.0 g to 1.5 g of protein per kg of body weight is the amount that most body builders go for
  4. 2.0 g to 3.0 g of protein per kg of body weight is what extremists aim for

Before you say wait, should I go for the extreme, let’s look at some basic facts.

  1. Even though your body consumes more protein, it does not necessarily it get injected into your muscles.
  2. There seems to be a limit to how much your body can utilize.
  3. Experts have weighed in and your kidneys are not strained with too much protein.
  4. Inadequate protein is not good.

There have been articles like [1] and [2] that try to scare people away with too much protein in the diet; however, these are all untrue.

Now, that is not to say that you should go for an all protein diet. Most of the protein that you’re eating will go to waste. Our bodies undergo ketosis with all the excess protein.

Arnold Schwarzenegger advises the following chart:

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Conclusion?

I would follow my recommended reservations. However, if you’re not following that, you can lie anywhere between 1.5 g to 2.0 g per kg of body weight.

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