Your trainer might actually be right when he tells you that it’s time to start taking protein after you reach a certain level of training. Protein is required for quick recovery and repair and also speeds up the formation of new muscular mass.
But there is a limit to how much protein should be consumed on a daily basis.
Inactive individuals – 0.8g of protein per kilogram of bodyweight per day
Athletes – 1.2-1.4g of protein per kilogram of bodyweight per day
Strength Athletes – 1.4-1.8g of protein per kilogram of bodyweight per day
How do you know if you’ve taken too much protein?
- Excess protein causes the Amino Acids to convert into Ammonia which in turn becomes urea which affects the kidneys resulting in lower back pain.
- Sweating and urination in excess as the body requires more water to clear the extra urea.
- Reduced appetite which results in less carbohydrate levels which is harmful for the liver.