I'm 5'4, 108 pounds (female) and trying to gain weight. I get moderate exercise at my job 5 days a week. What % of my calories should come from protein? I have heard that too much protein related to carb/fat can be bad especially if you're not trying to lose weight.
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on January 08, 2013
at 11:20 PM
It's called rabbit starvation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabbit_starvation But the amount required is more than you're going to see in your everyday life. It's not worth worrying about.
on January 09, 2013
at 12:11 AM
I agree with MikeD and Scratch, the likelihood of you doing harm to yourself by eating too much protein by accident is extremely slim. Additionally, it depends on your protein source. For example if you are getting protein from nuts, like almonds then you are also getting healthy fats. If you are getting protein from eggs, then you are also getting 13 other essential vitamins and minerals. As a reference, the zone diet recommends 30% protein on your plate, which many would argue is actually low so long as there is a balance of healthy fats. But, if you are worried about it, I recommend you add more vegetables, not grains. If you think you need some healthy fats, consider nuts like almonds, use coconut oil or olive oil instead of butter to cook. Eat avocados with your salad or make a thai coconut curry with lots of veggies and shrimp.