How Much Protein Is Too Much?

How Much Protein Is Too Much?

If you ask anyone in the fitness industry whether that be an amateur or a professional bodybuilder, they will tell you that protein is the most important macronutrients for your body. Which for the most part is true but the whole debate about ‘one gram per pound of bodyweight’ is just something that the supplement companies promote. Ingesting large amounts of protein may be able to provide your body with the needed resource in order to prevent muscle breakdown and increase muscle growth but most people don’t know what you should do if you ingest too much protein.

What happens?

When you eat too much protein for your body to handle, it acts similar to how a carbohydrate would affect your body. Through a process called gluconeogenesis, a protein can be broken down into glucose and stored as fat on the body. Most people won’t even be able to absorb and utilize all the proteins they are ingesting so they are watching their money go down the toilet..literally.

What should I do?

The most important thing we should focus on is how much of this nutrient I am able to absorb. If you are only utilizing 40% of a product you pay a lot of money for, you want to make sure you aren’t wasting any of it. This is where digestive enzymes come in. Digestive enzymes, otherwise known as probiotics, are typically bacterial colonies composed of microorganisms. Now a lot of people might think that probiotics isn’t something you want to put in your body especially since their are millions of bacteria inside each pill or each spoonful of powder. But these bacteria are healthy for intestinal health and allow for the movement of food through your gastrointestinal system. Most people are familiar with probiotics in yogurt which is an okay snack in moderation, but you must keep in mind the sugar content that is contained in one serving can be upwards of 20 grams or higher.

What does protein do?

Protein plays an important role in the human body. Most people know protein as the ‘muscle building’ supplement because of it’s role in protein synthesis. Almost every cell and muscle in your body runs on this nutrient. Make sure that you are getting an adequate level of protein in your daily caloric intake. About 20% of your calories should come from protein which if you were to break down the other two macronutrients, fat and carbohydrates, would be anywhere from 60-150 grams per day depending on gender, weight, and height. This is a very managable level of protein since beef, chicken, pork, and turkey have high levels of this nutrient. The problem is when people ingest large amounts surpassing 200 grams of protein in which the body just cannot make use of it. I know I used to be one of those people!

What is it made of?

Proteins consist of a long chain of amino acids. Genes and DNA in your body provide the instructions to build certain types of proteins from enyzmes, cells, muscle, or anything else that your body needs at that time. Amino acids are known as the building blocks of life and are actually present in each strand of DNA. If you were to look closely of a single DNA strand, you will notice that the ‘rungs’ between each strand are composed of base pairs of amino acids. If you look at the image above, you will see different letters. Those are base pairs which are made of a certain amino acid. Each of those letters can only match with another amino acid just like two puzzle pieces. If the wrong amino acid comes by, it will not be able to attach in a normal human being. But there is a possibility that a mismatch could occur due to a mutation.

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