Conde Nast Digital Studio"It's not a meal unless it includes protein," says health and fitness-certified specialist, Jim White, R.D., owner of Jim White Fitness & Nutrition Studios. Plus, more protein means more muscle, right? Yes, until it also means kidney stones, abdominal surgery, and heart disease. Yikes.
It turns out the risks of going overboard on protein have less to do with simply eating too many unnecessary grams of the macronutrient and more about ODing on the foods that pack it-and forgoing the ones that don't.
Why? Most people think protein means meat and animal products. While that can be a good thing as far as muscle building is concerned (they're "complete" protein sources, meaning they pack all of the amino acids your body needs), they also tend to be high, or at least higher than plant-based sources, in saturated fat, White says. Excessive amounts can lead to a ballooning belly, diabetes (even if you somehow stay thin), andRead More »from How Much Protein Do You Really Need?