Is Protein Always Good For You? Actually, Maybe Not

Can Protein Be Harmful For You?

Sometimes, protein can be bad for your body. 

For example, people with bad livers may have a hard time digesting protein. Older individuals also struggle with digesting lots of protein. 

Dr. Eric Berg suggests eating lots of veggies on a high protein diet.

I think that's a great idea for any diet.  

Veggies provide lots of nutrients needed by our body like, vitamins, minerals, fiber and potassium.

Safe to say most athletes need more protein than others. 

lots of protein

Some benefits of a high protein diet for athletes include:

  • helps with building muscle
  • prevents muscle breakdown during workouts
  • increases strength

How much protein do we actually need? Our friends at CyberFlexing suggest 1-1.5 grams of protein per kg of bodyweight for non active people. Athletes should aim for 1-1.2 depending on their goals. (You'll need more protein when losing weight to prevent muscle loss.) 

I myself eat a fair amount of protein (around 160 grams a day). I love lean turkey, chicken breast, almonds, eggs and sometimes I use protein bars.

I try and balance out by eating more broccoli, spinach and dates. 

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10 thoughts on “Is Protein Always Good For You? Actually, Maybe Not”

  1. Yo Mohamed!
    Great article. I started at the gym a few months back…. get rid of a few extra pounds and rip it up a little bit.
    The one question I have is does it matter if I eat a lot of protein at once or should I space it out through the day?

  2. I actually started doing intermittent fasting and I wonder should I increase my protein intake? Because I feel like my regular protein intake is not enough.

  3. Hey Furkan, sounds like your cutting fat, am I right?

    I’d recommend getting a great BCAA supplement and use that before your fasted workout. Definitely wanna up the protein intake, I’d say 1.2 per pound of bodyweight. Intermittent fasting is dope I love how fast the fat melts off!

  4. Wassup Anthony,

    I feel you bro. Summer will be here before we know it, gotta look good at the beach.

    I’d say go for 25-30 grams per meal until you hit your macros. That way you’ll feel full in between meals for a good 2-3 hours.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  5. I knew Protein could be bad for you, It has to be balanced out with nutrients like vegetables and fruits. It can make you gain weight and it is best to get enough protein but not too much. How much do you recommend for me to consume protein throughout the day?

  6. Hey Tabish,

    Depends on your goals.

    If you’re looking to gain muscle I recommend 1 gram per pound of body weight. And if you’re cutting fat I recommend 1.2 grams per pound of body weight. You need the extra protein during a cut to prevent muscle loss.

    Thanks for reading ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Hello Mohamed,
    good info about protein. But the suggestion from cyberflexing seems a bit low for the trainees that want to cut or bulk. It’s more for a people that aren’t interested in the “iron game”, would you agree?
    Maybe you could update the article also with your suggestion of 1g per pound of bodyweight, which is something like “gold standard” in fitness community.
    Keep up the good work:)
    Marek

  8. Interesting article.
    So for newbies just starting to work out. What’s the best way to figure out what the healthy part of my body weight is so I can make sure not to overload my kidneys and liver with too much protein? I read somewhere that it’s best to graduate the amounts as your body gains more muscle. And how long does it take to build that muscle up, if I work out 4-6 days / week?
    Thanks

  9. Hey, Rae

    To find out your protein needs, take your bodyweight in pounds and multiply by 1 and you’ll have the amount of protein you need for building muscle. Newbies can put on muscle really fast due to the new stimulus of working out. I recommend recalculating protein and calorie needs as soon as you see progress come to a halt.

    Thanks for reading ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Hey Marek, I completely agree, I think their recommendation was more for regular people I’ll update the post asap.

    Thanks for pointing that out bro ๐Ÿ™‚

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