Protein consumption is an important part of any diet, especially for those who exercise regularly and need protein to repair muscles and build energy. Eating the proper portions of proteins like chicken, fish, meats, milk, and eggs in proportion to your weight can be incredibly nutritious for the body and can help body tissues, blood vessels, hair, skin, and nails. However, it is possible to get too much of a good thing, especially when you’re on a high-protein diet like Atkins or Paleo. How do you know if you’re eating too much protein? The following seven signs can help you decide if you should re-think your diet.
You’re in a Bad Mood
Being in a bad mood from time to time is normal; however, constantly being in a bad mood might be due to excessive protein. By eating too much protein and not enough carbs, you don’t get enough sugar for your brain to run on. Try to take a closer look at how much protein you are actually eating compared to carbs, and try to even out the difference. Try reaching out for a piece of fruit or yogurt, brown rice, and whole grain oatmeal.
You’ve Got Brain Fog
Feeling fatigued lately? Can’t seem to shake off the afternoon slump? It might not be due to a long day or loads of work, it might be due to your high-protein diet that is causing you to have incoherent thoughts. A sugar deficit can cause the brain to shrink, and carbs (which have sugar) are the brain’s main source of energy. Make sure your diet includes some sugar that balances out carbs and proteins in order to avoid brain fog.