By: Dr. Keith Kantor

Most people do get plenty of protein, in fact they get too much which can result in strained kidneys or it can hinder them from losing unwanted pounds.  For those who may not eat enough calories or follow a restricted diet they will need to be aware of the signs and symptoms of not getting enough protein.  

The ” Tribune Company,” asked Dr. Kantor for the signs and symptoms of needing more protein.  


A subtle sign that you need more protein is that you are craving carbohydrates and sugary foods; protein helps stabilize our blood sugars and keeps us feeling full for a longer period of time. When we do not eat enough protein and too many carbohydrates we tend to crave more carbohydrates and have a “bottomless pit” feeling. Eat at least a protein serving the size of your palm at each meal to avoid these cravings.


A more obvious sign that you may not be getting enough protein is that you have a hard time putting on muscle despite your efforts in workouts. If you feel like you are softer and more flabby then you should be despite your efforts in workouts your body may not be getting enough protein. The recommended grams per day are .8-1.0 grams per pound of your ideal body weight. If you want to weigh 140 lbs. then you should be taking in 112-140 gram of protein per day.



Another more obvious sign that you are not consuming enough protein is a weakened immune system. If you feel like you get sick often or remain sick for a long period of time your body may not be getting enough amino acids from protein to repair, rebuild and replenish your immune system and its daily functions to keep you healthy and energetic.


Another sign of a protein deficiency could be weak nails, hair and skin. If your hair is falling out more than normal, your nails are weak, or brittle or your skin is lacking its natural glow and color your body may not be getting enough nutrients from protein sources like iron to maintain the health of your hair, skin and nails.