Can High Protein Diets Cause Gout
Hello, firstly I want to say, GREAT WEBSITE! I always visit muscle101 for my weight training needs, and love to read your newsletters, they have helped me add 40lbs to my frame and have helped me get out of numerous training difficulties.
I do have a question about protein. My diet right now is very protein centric, mainly consisting of lean beef, eggs, and some tuna, I have to confess though, I barely eat enough greens as I should! I also take a protein supplement (around 52g per serving usually once a day, although I do try to take it twice a day).
My question is basically; does my taking so much protein have any negative drawbacks, since I believe I am using most of the protein to repair and build muscle tissue. I thought that maybe it won't however I am not sure. Any light you can help shed on this will be a great help! Thanks very much in advance for your time!
Thanks for the kind words and great question.
I think the most important thing you have to remember is that everyone requires different protein requirements.
If you were to talk to a nutritionist, he/she will tell you that all you need is about .5 grams of protein per pound of body weight.
This is how I like to gauge my protein intake. I’ll start at about .8 to 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight. Since I weight about 240 pounds, my protein intake will be about 200 to 240 grams each day. I’ll keep this protein intake constant for about 4 weeks and keep a close eye on my progress. Usually, this is enough protein for me to keep growing and getting stronger. I’ve tried playing around with the figures and .8 to 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight works pretty good for me.
Now, I believe what you are concerned about is having too much protein in your system, which may cause gout. Gout is basically a build up of uric acid in and around the joints and connective tissues of the body. Elbows and knees are specifically vulnerable.
Here’s my advice, keep doing what’s working for you. Keep your protein intake to about .8 to 1 grams per pound of body weight and you should have no problems.
Or you may want to increase your protein intake as you near your peak in your training cycle, possibly up to 1.2 grams of protein per pound of body weight and than cut your protein intake down to .5 grams at the completion of your training cycle.
I hope this helps,
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