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How Much Protein Do You Really Need Every Day?
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How Much Protein Do You Really Need Every Day?

According to information gained by the National Health and Nutrition Exam Survey, the average adult is consuming as much as two times more protein than they actually need every day. And that extra protein is likely to result in not only weight gain but may also cause dangerous disorders that affect the kidneys, the liver and may also increase the risk of osteoporosis.

Thanks to plans like Atkins and the Paleo diet, protein has been given a starring role in what is consumed on a daily basis. Those plans, which often tell followers to steer clear of whole food groups, usually are centered around large amounts of meat. The previous version of the Atkins diet for instance, suggested things like bacon cheeseburgers without the bun and banning ketchup because of the carbs. But, cardiologists noted that the cholesterol levels of followers were over the top and the diet plan was rewritten to be more healthy.

The American Heart Association is concerned with these findings because too much protein typically means that the person is consuming too much meat and/or animal foods. Those foods which are often very high in saturated fat may increase the risk of heart conditions including stroke or coronary heart disease , diabetes and a number of types of cancer. The AHA also warns that increasing protein simply to lose excess weight may lead people to use the wrong diet plan because many of those are very restrictive to other, more healthy foods.

The average adult should be getting around 46-56 grams of protein every day, based on their current weight and activity level. The more active a person is, the more protein they will need. For instance, a body builder may need a full gram of protein per pound of body weight. A sedentary person, on the other hand, only needs .4 grams of protein. That does not mean taking protein supplements or swallowing huge servings of protein shakes either. Protein sources, including some that are meat free, are easy to include in the diet. One cup of milk, for instance, has eight grams of protein. For vegetarians, one cup of any variety of dry beans provides nearly twenty grams of protein.

For most people, excessive amounts of protein only leads to weight gain, however for others, there are serious disorders that can be caused or worsened when there is too much protein consumed. People who are at high risk for osteoporosis should be wary of eating too much protein which is flushed from the system through the kidneys, often causing excessive calcium to be leached from the bones and flushed from the kidneys as well.


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I am on a low-carb diet. I needed to lose weight, and I have some health problems related to having too much sugar in my diet. I have sinus problems and GERD. I don't handle sweets well, and the refined carbs aren't good for you. Maybe I am getting too much protein. However, I feel healthier now because I have very little sugar in my diet.

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  about 7 years ago

Just make sure that you don't overdo it and neglect the complex carbs that your body really needs. Complex carbs are what your brain feeds on which is why so many people on a very low carb diet end up with brain fog after a few weeks.

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  about 7 years ago

Thank you for your concern. I do get complex carbs on this diet. Many vegetables are complex carbs, and sometimes I have whole grains.

  
  about 7 years ago

Excellent! That will do it, quite nicely!

  
  about 7 years ago

Extremely informative article... these kid of information is very, very useful, often we think that eating proteins make up for the decreased carbs and fats in our diet, but clearly, we are very wrong on that... thanks for sharing this insightful article...

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  about 7 years ago

The problem is that we actually need the carbs and the fats - but some of the protein heavy diets want us to pretend that we do not.

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  about 7 years ago

i enjoyed this one too

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  about 7 years ago
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