Steadily Eating Too Much Protein

Happy Tuesday to all!

My question is this....

Can too much protein be bad for you?

I am going over in protein almost everyday. I'm not doing it intentionally. I am just eating the things I like to eat. I've read that too much protein can effect liver and kidney function. Not sure if this is true.

Any feedback???
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  • kommodevaran
    kommodevaran Posts: 17,890 Member
    Numbers would have been great.

    Too much means too much, and is not good. But if you eat food and food you like, and don't eat too many calories, there's not really any risk that you'll be getting too much protein.
  • malibu927
    malibu927 Posts: 17,568 Member
    How many grams are you eating a day? Most people look at their protein goal as a minimum, so unless you're bypassing that amount by a lot you should be fine.
  • kschwab0203
    kschwab0203 Posts: 608 Member
    MFP says my goal is 73. Most days I am going over anywhere between 5-15 grams. Still within my calorie goal though.
  • jkwolly
    jkwolly Posts: 3,050 Member
    edited January 2017
    What's your goal and how many grams are you actually eating?

    Over consumption issues with protein are only over long exposure and with MASSIVE amounts. Like, insane amounts. And even then, you can offset it lots by drinking water.
  • kschwab0203
    kschwab0203 Posts: 608 Member
    jkwolly wrote: »
    What's your goal and how many grams are you actually eating?

    Over consumption issues with protein are only over long exposure and with MASSIVE amounts. Like, insane amounts. And even then, you can offset it lots by drinking water.

    My daily goal is 73 and most days I am going over by 5-15 grams at least.
  • jkwolly
    jkwolly Posts: 3,050 Member
    edited January 2017
    jkwolly wrote: »
    What's your goal and how many grams are you actually eating?

    Over consumption issues with protein are only over long exposure and with MASSIVE amounts. Like, insane amounts. And even then, you can offset it lots by drinking water.

    My daily goal is 73 and most days I am going over by 5-15 grams at least.

    That is honestly fine, you're not into any dangerous territory. They usually recommend 0.37 grams per lb of body weight. A few grams extra is totally fine.

    If you're unsure, there are TONS of resources online you can search through and read lots about protein intake :)

  • AnvilHead
    AnvilHead Posts: 18,360 Member
    MFP says my goal is 73. Most days I am going over anywhere between 5-15 grams. Still within my calorie goal though.

    If you define "too much" as "huge amounts beyond what any sane human being would ever eat over a prolonged period of time", the answer is "Possibly".

    In the context of your question (a few grams over MFP's default recommendations, which are too low anyway), the answer is "No".
  • williams969
    williams969 Posts: 2,528 Member
    MFP says my goal is 73. Most days I am going over anywhere between 5-15 grams. Still within my calorie goal though.

    That's no where near "too much." Now, if you'd have said something huge, like 300+g (which would take massive quantities/calories of food to get to that number), then I'd say time to reign that in.
  • CorneliusPhoton
    CorneliusPhoton Posts: 965 Member
    MFP says my goal is 73. Most days I am going over anywhere between 5-15 grams. Still within my calorie goal though.

    That is not that high. Protein helps most people with satiety and helps spare muscle loss that goes along with eating at a deficit.
  • trigden1991
    trigden1991 Posts: 4,659 Member
    jkwolly wrote: »
    What's your goal and how many grams are you actually eating?

    Over consumption issues with protein are only over long exposure and with MASSIVE amounts. Like, insane amounts. And even then, you can offset it lots by drinking water.

    My daily goal is 73 and most days I am going over by 5-15 grams at least.

    No you'll be fine.
  • Spliner1969
    Spliner1969 Posts: 3,233 Member
    Try to set yourself a maximum goal of 1g/lb of your target weight. MFP by default sets protein too low anyway (my opinion only). So if your target weight once you've lost all your intended weight is 170lbs, then set yourself to 170g of protein a day (yes, its a lot, and it's hard for some people to reach that amount). I typically start at .8g/lb of my current weight (because I'm not losing weight any longer, I'm at or below my target weight). So I eat between 160-190g/protein per day. I'm assuming that's much more than you're worried about. I do it to increase muscle mass and become leaner. It's helped me to drop to around 11-12% body fat and is continuing to help me build muscle during my maintenance and small bulk phases. If you have kidney problems or your doctor has a reason to limit your protein intake, then yea, it might be too much, but if you're otherwise healthy, it's not bad for you to eat that much.
  • malibu927
    malibu927 Posts: 17,568 Member
    jkwolly wrote: »
    What's your goal and how many grams are you actually eating?

    Over consumption issues with protein are only over long exposure and with MASSIVE amounts. Like, insane amounts. And even then, you can offset it lots by drinking water.

    My daily goal is 73 and most days I am going over by 5-15 grams at least.

    You're fine. 80-90 grams is the absolute minimum I try to hit.
  • jkwolly
    jkwolly Posts: 3,050 Member
    MFP says my goal is 73. Most days I am going over anywhere between 5-15 grams. Still within my calorie goal though.

    That's no where near "too much." Now, if you'd have said something huge, like 300+g (which would take massive quantities/calories of food to get to that number), then I'd say time to reign that in.

    I'd never be able to poop with that much protein :s
  • kschwab0203
    kschwab0203 Posts: 608 Member
    Thanks for the feedback.

    I just read this article and I swear it's like protein is the devil....terrible, terrible article

    http://www.eatthis.com/what-happens-when-you-eat-too-much-protein
  • malibu927
    malibu927 Posts: 17,568 Member
    Thanks for the feedback.

    I just read this article and I swear it's like protein is the devil....terrible, terrible article

    http://www.eatthis.com/what-happens-when-you-eat-too-much-protein

    Other than the kidney issues (which need an extraordinarily high amount of protein), everything else on there is plain old woo.
  • jkwolly
    jkwolly Posts: 3,050 Member

    Thanks for the feedback.

    I just read this article and I swear it's like protein is the devil....terrible, terrible article

    http://www.eatthis.com/what-happens-when-you-eat-too-much-protein

    Definitely consider the source when you're reading online. Notice how they also don't say anything about how much is too much?
  • AnvilHead
    AnvilHead Posts: 18,360 Member
    edited January 2017
    Thanks for the feedback.

    I just read this article and I swear it's like protein is the devil....terrible, terrible article

    http://www.eatthis.com/what-happens-when-you-eat-too-much-protein

    Science regarding protein intake without all the woo and fearmongering: https://examine.com/nutrition/can-eating-too-much-protein-be-bad-for-you/


    [ETA:] More science about recommended levels of protein intake: https://examine.com/nutrition/how-much-protein-do-i-need-every-day/
  • snickerscharlie
    snickerscharlie Posts: 8,582 Member
    I eat 250+ grams of protein every single day and have only died twice from it.

    Glad to have you back.

    Twice.

    ;)
  • alyssa0061
    alyssa0061 Posts: 653 Member
    I eat 250+ grams of protein every single day and have only died twice from it.

    I just scared my coworker laughing so loudly at that