Many of the popular weight-loss diets advise people to cut the carbohydrates in their diets and instead, consume more in lean proteins.
The idea is that carbohydrates are unhealthy and have a lot more calories, sugar and fat, but those who have been on these high-protein diets have probably experienced the negative effects of eating an unbalanced diet that consists of too much protein.
Shocking to dieters everywhere, while carbs are cut due to calories, fat and sugar, consuming too much protein actually makes the body convert the protein into those very same things and makes you gain weight, along with increasing blood sugar and yeast levels in your body.
Too much protein (more than 35% of your daily calories) leads to a build up of a toxic substance called ketones. Ketogenic diets can result in kidney damage as they have a difficult time ridding the body of the ketones. This causes chronic dehydration and undue stress on your kidneys.
An excess of protein has also been linked to intestinal irritation causing constipation, excess gas and diarrhea. Like any selective diet, the elimination of any essential food group may result in leaving out essential vitamins and nutrients leading to overall nutritional deficiencies.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, it can be hard to pinpoint if it is caused by too much protein in your diet, caused by something else, or if it's a combination of things you may be lacking in your diet. It depends on the individuals sex, age, weight, physical activity level, and overall health and dietary needs (for example, vegans need to pay attention that they are getting enough protein through legumes, nuts etc.). So, if you are unsure, consult your doctor or dietician.
Dietary protein is essential for optimal body and brain functioning, such as building and repairing muscles, bones and organs, hormone regulation and proper immune system function. However, just like everything else, moderation is key, and a balanced and healthy diet is what you should aim to consume.