There is a lot of myth and fable that has been spun around this topic mostly by individual with ulterior motives or confused understanding of the ketogenic diet. Now, the general distinction lies in understanding that there are two types of keto; one for health or dietary purposes and another for epileptic children who must be keep in deep ketosis all the time to avoid seizures.
So does excess protein turn into sugar on a ketogenic diet? The answer to that is a resounding no. Proteins are not carbohydrates and they do not just magically get converted into glucose or blood sugar. Ideally, there are certain amino acids in proteins that may be turned into glucose on metabolism. These are however not present in a lot of protein-rich foods.
Generally, most people assume that to increase body mass and loss fat, there should ne a higher intake of proteins. That is however not true. Proteins are not essential for a lean body mass. Protein is an essential component in the building blocks of a person’s body but they are not vital in sustaining a lean body. This is a myth that is greatly propagated by pharmaceutical companies so they can sell protein supplements.
That said, that does not make protein harmful on a ketogenic diet. Taking of proteins in a ketogenic diet could be really great as a supplement for satiety. When you cut down on the carbs you are definitely bound to have increased energy deficit and you will feel hungry quicker. Proteins can be essential in holding you down.
There is no prescribed amount of protein for a person on keto. I mean it’s not like you just jump into weighing scales measuring the amount of protein that you take into your body or that you include in your diet. Protein intake depends on what you need or what you feel you need. If taking proteins works for you then by all means, do that. However, if you do not need or want the proteins, then you need to let it go. An individual however does not need too much protein because a ketogenic diet is protein sparing. 0.8g per pound of kilogram is not necessary if your goal is to build muscle.
An intake of proteins however does not mean an increase in glucose levels. Your body will not automatically convert the proteins into sugar in your body. There is no prescribed mechanism for the conversion of proteins into sugar in your body. Proteins are good for you on a ketogenic diet, they are not a must, but they are good. Their intake should not worry you about increased sugar levels, it just doesn’t work like that.