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Can You Eat Too Much Protein?

This Is What Happens to Your Body When You Eat Too Much Protein

Can You Eat Too Much Protein?

You've probably read that it's important to eat plenty of protein to help you build lean muscle and lose weight. After all, protein is the building block of muscle and helps build and repair tissue. Plus, the macronutrient is satiating and, combined with a healthy fat, will keep you full until your next meal.

But it is possible to have too much of a good thing. While the FDA recommends around 50 grams of the macronutrient, the numbers if you want to build muscle are even higher: 0.5 to 0.8 grams of protein per pound of body weight, according to the American College of Sports Medicine. So if someone weights 150 pounds, he or she should eat between 75 and 120 grams of protein. Although every body is different and each person has varying nutritional needs, going much higher than that recommended threshold could have consequences.

We spoke to some experts who broke down what happens to your body if you eat too much protein. If you're concerned about how much protein you should be eating, be sure to visit with a registered dietitian who can help assess your needs.

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