Want to lose weight? Up your protein intake! Want to see those muscle gains? More protein!
Truth: Protein is an important macro (as in macronutrient), to be sure. “Protein is made up of amino acids, the building blocks of muscle,” says Amy Kubal, RDN, a registered dietitian in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. “In order to preserve, repair, and grow muscle, protein is vital in your diet.”
Another truth: It is possible to go overboard on it. “You can eat too much of anything, including protein,” Kubal says. So…does that mean something bad will happen to you if you go to town on a big-honking steak? What about if you kinda got a little obsessed with chicken breasts over the last few months?
Here’s what you need to know about eating too much protein.