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What causes body pain and frequent bowel movements after taking high-protein diet?

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Posted on Wed, 5 Aug 2015
Question: hi this is XXXXXXX since i join gym and intake only fibre n protien sach as vegetables fruits eggs paneer nuts n more water so i feel uncomfortable in my lower XXXXXXX i feel many times in a day as i hv to go toilet. now i added protien powder also in place of eggs. suggest me what i do. in the evening i hv to go must to the toilet and then i feel comfortable but if not so its uncomfortable.and me going to toilest 3-4 times in a day is it ok ? suggest me the way without lefting protien items bcoz its necessary if i do gym work out.please answer in simple english langauge dont use hard words if possible answer in hindi.
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Answered by Dr. Divakara (29 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Reduce intake of protein now and increase gradually.

Detailed Answer:
Hi XXXXXXX

Thanks for posting your query.


Well passing motions 3-4 times a day is not normal and this is happening because your body is not able to digest the high amount of protein.

See I can understand that you need to take high protein diet while going to gym, but that has to be a gradual increase in the protein intake.

If you increase your protein intake suddenly the body will not tolerate it and hence you are noticing pain.

I won't advise you to stop taking protein but reduce the intake of protein ( especially eggs ) , instead take more of fruits like banana , apple .

You can gradually start taking eggs , start taking it after 4-5 days, start with 1 egg and after 10 days you can take 2 eggs per day, and after 3 weeks start taking 3 eggs per day.

Also drink plenty of water and fruit juices.

Hope this information was useful to you.
Any clarification feel free to ask.

Regards.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Divakara (18 hours later)
sir as u said i want to tell u that its not like loose motions its a normaly way 3 times toilet. sir i eat 4 eggs white every day since one year and eat raw paneer also but i stop to eat eggs since 5 days and instead of eggs since 5 days i take DYMATIZE PROTIEN POWDER one scoop every day. after this i feel more uncomfortable.sir tell me if i manage my uncomfortness with taking protien powder for some days so it will become normal after some days or its damage me more day by day.i eat banana after work out. but is it ok to eat banana any time of the day ?
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Answered by Dr. Divakara (21 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Stop Protein powder now.

Detailed Answer:
HI

Well I would recommend you to stop taking Protein Powder now and restart taking Egg white.

Within 3-4 days you will feel better. Then restart the Protein powder with 1/2 scoop per day for a month and later increase it to one scoop a day.

You can eat banana at any time of the day.

Hope this information was useful to you.
Any clarifications feel free to ask.

Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Shanthi.E
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Follow up: Dr. Divakara (1 hour later)
sir, what about raw paneer ? is it ok for me 100g per day with 4 eggs white ? after 5 days i take 1/2 scoop protien powder with eggs or then i stop to eat eggs? and sir can u suggest me any other protien rich items instead of eggs ?and sir i eat brown rice also. is it ok for me ? and last sir may i continue to do work out in the gym with this small protien quantity ? or its worthless for me ?
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Answered by Dr. Divakara (24 hours later)
Brief Answer:
No need of Protein powder

Detailed Answer:
HI

See always natural food ( paneer/Egg ) is better than processed food ( Protein powder.

In my opinion just intake of Paneer and Egg white is sufficient. You need to consider Protein powder if you are planning to have a body like that of a body builder. If that is your intention then first start with Egg white 2 per day gradually increase to 4 per day in 2 weeks , along with Egg white have Paneer 25 grams per day and increase it to 75 grams in 2 weeks and 100 grams in 1 month.

Start Protein powder only after 2 weeks with 1/2 scoop per day for a month and later increase it to one scoop a day.

But if your intention is to have a good body but not as good as that of body builders then there is no need to take Protein powder.

Hope this information was useful to you.

Regards.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Divakara (2 hours later)
sir i understood all but sir i want to tell u that in past six months i eat 4 eggs white n 100g paneer every day so i feel uncomfortable . but now i stop it since 2 days so tell me sir is there any measure damage in my body ? i hv to take any medicine for that or its become automatically normal after 4-5 days. and after 4-5 days can i restart to eat eggs n paneer gradually as u said above ? and finally sir is protien powder not good for health ? any side effect from this ?
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Answered by Dr. Divakara (5 hours later)
Brief Answer:
No need of Medications.

Detailed Answer:
HI

There is no need for any medications for you. Just drink plenty of water and you shall become fine in 4-5 days.

Yes you can restart Eggs and Panner after 4-5 days as advised before.

There is no harm in taking protein powder but too much of protein is also not good for health. If you really want to continue Powder then stop panner and also reduce egg white to 2 per day.

But my recommendation is just egg white and panner is enough for a good physique building but you want to have like a professional body builder like body only then take all the three ( Egg, Panner and Protein powder )

Regards.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What causes body pain and frequent bowel movements after taking high-protein diet?

Brief Answer: Reduce intake of protein now and increase gradually. Detailed Answer: Hi XXXXXXX Thanks for posting your query. Well passing motions 3-4 times a day is not normal and this is happening because your body is not able to digest the high amount of protein. See I can understand that you need to take high protein diet while going to gym, but that has to be a gradual increase in the protein intake. If you increase your protein intake suddenly the body will not tolerate it and hence you are noticing pain. I won't advise you to stop taking protein but reduce the intake of protein ( especially eggs ) , instead take more of fruits like banana , apple . You can gradually start taking eggs , start taking it after 4-5 days, start with 1 egg and after 10 days you can take 2 eggs per day, and after 3 weeks start taking 3 eggs per day. Also drink plenty of water and fruit juices. Hope this information was useful to you. Any clarification feel free to ask. Regards.