Are there any issues with a high protein diet?

High protein diet have been touted as the best fat burners because: firstly, protein is harder to digest so it burns more energy and keeps you feel fuller for a longer time. Secondly, most of the people who follow the high protein diet also tend to eat little or no carbs, which force the body to use its stored glycogen and fat as energy source, as well as release water.

However, this can be harmful. In cutting out carbs, you are cutting out the brain’s favourite fuel. It is just like a car without petrol. For people with diabetes, a no or low carb diet can increase risk of hypo, especially if you are on medication and insulin. If body starts to use fat as energy source, keton is produced. Excessive ketone production can lead to comma and even death. Meanwhile, consuming more protein than you need can increase uric acid level in blood, which increases risk of gout. And too much protein can also increase cholesterol level, given that most of the high protein foods are also high in fat.

There may be always a problem if you consume anything in excess. It is recommended to enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods from the five main food groups: grains, fruits, vegetables, meat/poultry/fish and dairy.  And as long as your total energy intake is balanced with your daily energy expenditure, you are able to maintain weight.

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