Does Protein Make You Fat? The Shocking Truth

Does Protein Make You Fat? The Shocking Truth


Hi everybody. This is Kiefer with DangerouslyHardcore.com
with another quick tip today. And this one is about eating too much protein.
I’ve seen this plenty of times about eating too much protein and the thought that if you
overeat protein, it gets turned directly into fat. And this is absolute nonsense. Even NASM
puts this in their training materials for new trainers, and it’s complete bullcrap. Essentially, the pathways for protein that
turn into fat, fatty acids, are so rate-limited, which means there’s just such a tiny, tiny
capacity. It just doesn’t happen. And of all the amino acids, there are only two that
really have a carbon backbone that are capable of forming a fatty acid. And those happen
to be leucine and lysine. It’s very rare and almost impossible. And the metabolic pathways
to make it happen actually caused more energy than the fat that results. So no matter what – eating too much protein
will not make you fat. It’s just not possible. Now, that doesn’t mean that eating too much
protein without any other nutrient won’t cause an increase in insulin levels which
might stop you from burning fat. But it still won’t cause you to put fat on, in those
scenarios where you’ve eaten just protein. That’s one reason that high protein diets
with very low, any other macro nutrient works so well for weight loss. The body really just
can’t store it other than its muscle tissue. So that’s another tip from DangerouslyHardcore.com
and we’ll see you later.