What happens if you eat too much protein?


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Eating too much protein can lead to dehydration, weight gain, nutritional deficiencies, an increased risk of heart disease, seizures, an increase in liver enzymes and kidney problems. Lack of protein prevents the body from being able to build muscle.

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Excess protein can lead to excess calories in a person's diet. These extra calories are stored in the body as fat, which leads to weight gain. Experts recommend drinking at least 1/2 gallon of water for every 100 grams of protein a person consumes. When eating excess amounts of protein, it can be difficult to drink the recommended about of water, causing dehydration. On top of dehydration, too much protein and not enough water is linked to seizures.

Since protein often makes people feel fuller, they don't always eat all of the food they need to get a balanced diet. This leads to nutritional deficiencies in certain areas. With so much of a person's diet being made up of protein, they often get much of their protein from unhealthy sources, such as red meat. While red meat is fine in moderation, it's also loaded with unhealthy fats that have been linked to heart disease. Diets that are high in protein and low in carbohydrates have also been linked to kidney problems when the diet is sustained for a long period of time.

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