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just go high-pro

ASK 10 PEOPLE IN THE GYM HOW THEY PREFER TO EAT — FOR GAINS, TO GET LEAN or for performance — and you’ll get 10 different answers. And every month, there is a new diet or nutrition fad that everyone jumps to follow — keto, Paleo, Whole30 and the like. But one style seems to get the brunt of the negative press, and myths about its veracity perpetuate, no matter how much research is done to disprove them — eating high-protein.

Depending on who you ask (or follow on social media), anything above and beyond the Recommended Daily Allowance for protein will cause liver and kidney damage, overtax your digestive system, and even cause you to instantly gain body fat by eating more than your fair share of chicken in one sitting. So what is hype and what is truth? How much protein can — or should — you eat in order to stay healthy and still hit your goals? Read on to find out.

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