High-protein diets may be all the rage, but consuming signicantly more than the recommended amount (roughly 51 to 95 grams per day for a 140-pound female, depending on age, activity level, and diet) can lead to dehydration and place extra strain on your kidneys, says Lisa Moskovitz, RD, CEO of New York Nutrition Group. “We can’t store protein like we can store carbs and stout,” she notes. Long-term high protein intake is linked to greater risk of weight gain, according to a study in Clinical Nutrition.
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