Working out, daily protein intake and HepB


I work out in the gym three times a week, I’m not a bodybuilder but I want to have athletic physique.
I suffer from chronic hepatitis b for more than 10 years. Now I’m 30 year old.

It’s recommended that men who want to gain muscle mass should consume 2g of proteins per 1kg of weight. (Normally it’s 1g per 1 kg bodyweight). How is it like with people in our condition? Can this increased protein intake cause damage to the liver?

Can we even weightlift or do exercise in the gym? (Obviously, I don’t mean doing pushups or riding a stationary bike, but something more serious and demanding, like proper exercises)

Or are we supposed to find excitement in such activities as strolling in the parks and doing crosswords? Sorry for being sarcastic but I feel frustrated with limitations that are imposed on us.

(Also apologies for being repetitive, but I thought it’d be better to create a separate topic - maybe someone can share interesting thoughts)

Hi @Arb,

There is generally no limits to exercise based on your Hep B. Indeed, exercise is really helpful for staying healthy physically and mentally. I myself do some boxing (padwork) and bootcamp 3 times a week. There shouldn’t be any problems with weight lifting, I think there are others on this forum that do so.

Regarding nutrition, this will vary from person to person. I don’t think anyone but your doctor can give you specifics on what to eat and how much is too much. Everything in moderation. Perhaps one of the @HealthExperts can provide some comment here.


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No limits to exercise unless you have an advanced liver disease, I.e. compensated cirrhosis with esophageal or gastric varices or decompensated cirrhosis

Prof. Pietro Lampertico, MD, PhD

Full Professor of Gastroenterology

Head of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Division

Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico

University of Milan

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20122- Milan


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I was going to post something like this because I am within this category, but an expert did it for me.

I still do stretching and flexibility exercises, some light martial arts when I am able and there are days where I will be working around the house all day and it seems much more taxing than a workout.

I just have to be careful not to over-exert or I will pay for it the next day or so. Which is easier said than done.


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What is your goal. Protein intake into 80g and over basically over shakes are not good. Not saying it’s bad, but it’s not long good in the long term. Just protein won’t get you there.

What do you mean? It’s advised that people who work out should take 2g of proteins for each kilo of their weight. They’re needed to gain muscle mass. Why would it be bad?

Thank you. Are there some limits of protein intake? Does it affect the liver?

What happens if you have these issues trying to work out what would be the bad symptoms ?

Most people take supplements as their main source of protein. Processed powder. To gain muscles you need more than just proteins.

There more to it than just intake of protein. Do you want to gain mass, do you want to get “cut up”. There is more to it. The article you read about 1 g of protein per 2kilo of weight are articles for quick gain. They also take in like 2500-3000 calories, then burn off all of that on working out.

Give it a try. I am no expert. I workout but not on professional level. Not even close to it. And for long term gains, for me it’s not the protein intake but the amount and intensity of workout. Best of luck.

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