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Can Too Much Protein Get You Out Of Ketosis?

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How Much Protein Can You Eat On A Ketogenic Diet?

You likely already know cutting the carbs is important on a keto diet, but protein intake matters, too! One of the biggest mistakes people run into when going and staying keto is eating too much protein. So, you might be left with the question: How much protein can you eat on a ketogenic diet? Let’s cover how you can avoid the mistake of consuming too much protein and exactly how much of it you can eat on a ketogenic diet. Eating Protein on the Ketogenic Diet A great appeal of the ketogenic diet is getting to eat plenty of foods that are filling and satisfying. Those foods include rich, fatty animal proteins. But how much of these proteins is the right amount? To answer that question, you need to understand how proteins work within the ketogenic diet and why it’s important to monitor your amounts for the best results. The Role of Protein in Ketosis Protein is an important building block of life; we need them to provide our bodies with all of the essential amino acids. Proteins are important for many different actions in the body, including regulation and function of the organs and tissues. Obviously, it’s important to make sure you’re getting enough of these complex molecul Continue reading >>

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  1. mylo

    so apparently too much protein (30%+) will kick you out of ketosis? this is what i've read online, so whatever happened to dave palumbo's keto diet which is high in protein (65%)?
    i take it i should put the whey powder aside?
    i'm currently 220 at 22% bodyfat.

  2. bla55

    Never heard of too much protein kicking you out of ketosis...
    High Protein, High Fat, under 30g of carbs is the standard.
    50/40/10 or less at the carb end.

  3. Wocheezy

    Too much protein can indeed kick you out of ketosis, but I haven't had that problem and I have been doing 64% fat 33% protein and 3% carbs.
    From Lyle Mcdonald's "The Ketogenic Diet":
    "58% of dietary protein will appear in the bloodstream as glucose (3), raising insulin
    and inhibiting ketogenesis. Note that the insulin response from consuming dietary protein is
    much smaller than that from consuming dietary carbohydrates. Consequently protein must be
    restricted to some degree on a ketogenic diet as excessive protein intake will generate too much
    glucose, impairing or preventing ketosis."
    "a protein intake of 1.5-1.75 grams protein per
    kilogram of ideal body weight (ideal body weight was used to approximate lean body mass) would
    spare most of the nitrogen loss, especially as ketosis developed and the body’s glucose
    requirements decreased."
    "Assuming zero carbohydrate intake, during the first 3 weeks of a ketogenic diet a protein
    intake of ~150 grams per day should be sufficient to achieve nitrogen balance. Therefore,
    regardless of bodyweight, the minimum amount of protein which should be consumed during the
    initial three weeks of a ketogenic diet is 150 grams per day.
    After 3 weeks of ketosis, as little as 50 grams of protein per day should provide enough
    glucose to achieve nitrogen balance."
    Hope that helps

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