Don't Overdo Your Protein!

A great way to ensure you don’t overdo your protein per sitting is to estimate your protein requirements per day, and divide it by 5-6 i.e. the number of meals/mid meal snacks you should consume over the course of the day.

For example, an average 80kg male should aim for 1.5-2g protein per kg bodyweight equating to 120-160g protein per day, divide this by 5-6 = 20-24g per sitting – 27-32g per sitting.

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!


  • 5Silva

    How can you find out if you've "overdosed" on protein? is there a known set of symptoms?

    • Discount Supplements

      Hi and thanks for your question, your body doesn't store protein and the excess is used for energy, basically this causes an increase in nitrogen which can be very tough for the normal function of your kidneys, your liver must also process all the additional nitrogen. So don't over do it, read this article about things to consider when taking protein which will help you get the balance right, also make sure you drink loads of water to keep yourself flushed out and that will at be easier on your kidneys.

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