Does Adding More Protein To Your Diet Really Build Muscle?

Nutritionist in Flushing QueensIt is common for people to increase their intake of protein when building muscle. This may be the result of a common misconception that adding more protein to your diet helps to increase muscle mass. The truth is, excessive amounts of protein can do your body more harm than good (Experts recommend that anywhere between 10 to 30% of your diet should include protein).

An excessive amount of protein in your diet can have the following harmful effects:

  • A buildup of toxic ketones
  • An increase in the risk of dehydration
  • An elevation in blood lipids
  • An increase in the risk of heart disease
  • Protein being converted to fat

Another misconception about diet and building muscle is that carbohydrates should be avoided.  In fact, adequate amounts of good carbohydrates, found in whole grain bread and cereals can provide the energy needed to exercise and help your body process protein (Dietary guidelines suggest around 55% of your calories each day should come from carbohydrates).

To achieve the best results when building muscle, you must combine strength training exercises along with a diet that includes the right amounts of protein, carbohydrates, water, fruits and vegetables.

If you have questions about your diet and nutrition, please call 718-670-5486 to schedule an appointment with a dietitian at Flushing Hospital Medical Center.

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