There’s good reason we’re just a *little* bit obsessed with protein around here. It’s made up from amino acids, which are the building blocks or our bodies. Amino acids help to repair all your body’s cells, as well as muscle tears created when exercising (this is how you build muscle).
But can you have too much of a good thing?
There's no set limit to how much protein your body can process, as everyone is different. However, your body doesn’t store protein like it does carbohydrates and fats. Once your body has used what it needs, it will just get rid of the waste protein.
That being said, you might want to consider how eating huge volumes of protein is impacting the rest of your diet. Are you still eating a balanced diet full of essential healthy fats, carbohydrates or micro-nutrients?
Along with protein, these things are also key to filling you with energy, building and maintaining lean muscles, as well generally making sure you’re staying healthy and well.
So how much protein do you need?
This depends on your lifestyle, age, muscle mass, how much exercise you do and what your fitness goals are, but a general rule is between 10 – 35%. It is estimated that you need between 0.8g and 1.7g of protein a day, per kg of body weight.
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