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please provide some do's and don'ts on eating a high protein diet.

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Ignore: Do avoid protein sources with trans and saturated fats.
Dr. Stephen Camacho
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Ignore: Make sure the ground turkey you are buying says "lean" otherwise it's just like buying ground chuck.
Dr. Keshab Paudel
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Ignore: Eat adequate protein, excess will be excreted.
Dr. Philip Miller
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Ignore: Fluid intake- don't overload your kidneys: and small amounts of veggies, and low carbs. Water/lytes.
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Do:eat: Do:eat lean sources of protein Don't: eat an abundance of fatty meats.
Dr. Stuart Erner
Bariatrics 45 years experience
Ignore: Make sure to vary your protein sources and drink lots of fluids.Also eat some healthy fats and carbs.
Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 41 years experience
A: A high protein diet can help short-term weight loss, but can lead to kidney damage in diabetes.
Dr. Terry Simpson
General Surgery 35 years experience
Always: Always be sure to have two whole fruits daily and 12 oz of green vegetables with this diet.
Dr. Linda Everett
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Make: Make sure most of your protein sources are also low in fat to ensure maximum health benefits.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Ignore: Balance your proteins with more vegetable protein than animal based proteins.
Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 38 years experience
No: No Advil/Motrin, Aleve (naproxen) & aspirin- alone or in comb.- if you have belly pain,vomiting, or diarrhea.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
This: This diet can only be done for short-term.
Dr. Mandakini Patel
Pediatrics 41 years experience
2much: 2much protein an turn2fat also. If tryign2 loose wt. it a well balanced diet.
Dr. Garland Martin
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Eating: Eating only high protein runs risk for renal damage, some carbs are necessary.
Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Don't: Don't fill up on carbs. Stick to your eating plan.
Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Don't: Don't overdo it. Eat the right amount of protein for your diet. Save the rest for tomorrow.
Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Be: Be kind to your kidneys. Make sure to drink enough water, especially while on a high protein diet.
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Do:: Eat healthy protein like lean meat and nuts. Don't eat a lot of junk or fried foods.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Do: Do choose lean sources of protein such as fish. Don't eat too much unhealthy red meat.
Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Ignore: When choosing a high protein diet, choose the protein carefully; use low fat dairy and lean proteins.
Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
Family Medicine 24 years experience
When: When eating a high protein diet don't forget to include whole grains to help prevent constipation.
Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
Family Medicine 24 years experience
When: When eating a high protein diet, drink plenty of water to help decrease risk of kidney stones.
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 35 years experience
Proteins: Proteins stress the kidneys. Drink plenty of fluid. 24 extra ounces a day. Avoid alcoholic beverages.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Two: Two 8 oz glasses of Kroger's Carbmaster milk (22g protein) ,mixed with Premium Protein (30g)=52g!
Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Do: Do use whey protein shakes. Don't use whey from cattle that is not free range.
Dr. Gabriela Cora
Psychiatry 32 years experience
AVOID: AVOID a high protein diet, read Dr. Campbell's The China Study & consider whole food plant based.
Dr. Michael Hulse
Gynecology 27 years experience
Eat: Eat a variety of seafood, lean meats, eggs, beans, peas, soy products, and unsalted nuts and seeds.
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 41 years experience
Ignore: Crucial: high saturated fats, natural, while avoiding all or nearly all carbs while eating protein.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
No: No benefit in eating more than 1 gram of protein per two pounds of body weight!
Dr. Aveshen Govender
Specializes in General Practice
Include: Include vegetables in your diet but ensure they are low carb vegetables.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

What exactly is a high protein diet?

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Dr. Ray Holt answered
Family Medicine 28 years experience
>30%: High in proteins such as beans, nuts, meats and dairy. A chicken breast has about 20 grams of protein just to give you an idea. Normally you want around 30 percent of your calories to be from protein so anything higher would be "high protein".
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What should you eat on a very high protein diet?

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Grains, beans etc.: Also dairy, fish and poultry and red meat.
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Should a 90 year old be on a high protein diet?

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No!: High protein diet strains the kidneys and 90-year olds have no renal reserve to spare.
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How much protein is in a high protein diet?

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Dr. Titus Duncan
Bariatrics 43 years experience
Size, activity, age: Our protein needs depend on our age, size, and activity level. To estimate your minimum daily protein requirement multiply the body weight in pounds by .37. This is the number of grams of protein that should be the daily minimum. According to this method, a person weighing 150 lbs. Should eat 55 grams of protein per day. If you don't have kidney problems then you can take in more than this amount.
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What kind of precautionary measures should take for a high protein diet?

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Dr. Myra Skluth
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Kidney problems, gou: If you have kidney problems, you shouldnot have a high protein diet. It is also advisable to eat lots of vegetables to buffer the acidity of the high protein diet. If you have a history of gout that can also be a problem. Drink lots of water.

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