Your body knows its protein requirements and it’ll only use as much as it needs. If you’re very active, the protein you eat but don’t use might go to energy, but more often than not it’s just extra calories and they have to go somewhere.
That ‘somewhere’ usually translates into extra kg.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg as diets that are too high in protein can also lead to more serious health conditions…
Ketosis and Osteoporosis are linked to a diet that’s high in proteins
#1: Ketosis: Ketosis develops when your diet doesn’t contain enough carbohydrates because you’re eating too much protein. Symptoms of ketosis include dizziness, nausea, fatigue, confusion, abdominal pain and bad breath. If you experience these symptoms, speak to your doctor immediately.
You see carbohydrates are necessary for efficient fat burning. And when fats that don’t break down correctly, they develop into acid-like substances called ketone bodies. When these keytone bodies accumulate, they cause an increase in the acidity of your body’s fluids via a process called ‘ketosis’ or ‘acidosis’, explains Dr. Martin Milner, author of Menopause Revolution.
#2: Osteoporosis: Calcium, along with other important minerals is excreted in urine. High-protein diets promote fluid loss and can contribute to excess calcium loss.
It’s also important to note that the calcium, instead of being excreted, can build up in your kidneys, leading to kidney stones.
If you’re on a high-protein diet, it’s advisable that you take calcium in the form of ionised coral calcium, highly bioavailable liquid calcium or calcium chelates. These will help reduce the acidity of the high protein diet and will add protection against any osteoporosis risk.
You can buy these calcium supplements in your local health shop.
There you have it. While protein plays an important role in your body, including ensuring there’s proper tissue growth as well as repair and maintenance, too much of it can result in these conditions. So ensure your diet is well balanced.