Does Protein Make You Gain Weight? 4 Sneaky Ways This Could Happen, According To Dietitian

 Fitness goals like muscle-building and weight loss require protein. You can have too much good.

 The co-owner of Emily Kyle Nutrition, Emily Kyle, RD, says that eating more than you burn off every day will always lead to weight gain.

 "High-fat, processed sources of protein consumed in high amounts can lead to negative health outcomes and increase risk factors for heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer,

 " explains Maggie Michalczyk, RDN, founder of Once Upon a Pumpkin.

 Want to eat more protein but do it healthily? Discover how a high-protein diet can cause weight gain and how to get the proper amount.

 You consume too much meat. That marbled ribeye will fill you up, but it has more calories than you expected: A modest restaurant 10-ounce steak has 1,000 calories. 

  They become fat, explains Bonnie Taub-Dix, RD, BetterThanDieting.com founder and Read It Before You Eat It author.

  Cutting carbs too much might lower your mood and cause binges by making your body crave starch and sugar.

  “Your brain prefers glucose, or carbs,” adds Kyle. When you have carbs again, you may overdo it and undo your success.

  “Usually when my patients are really strict on protein diets, even Melba toast looks delicious,” adds Taub-Dix.

 Cutting them out to make room for protein can make you sleepy, which means you work out less, which is bad for weight reduction.

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