HTTP vs TCP vs UDP

Lets say I have a DMZ device taht performs rate limiting (load balancing, traffic balancing, etc.)

If I balance HTTP messages (API management), the I will try to set it to something like 200 / sec.  taht should limit the "messages per second" to 200 / sec.

What I am unclear about is TCP or UDP

If I try to limit the rate of TCP or UDP, would that only limit the packet per second, as opposed to messages per second?

Thanks
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Kyle AbrahamsSenior .Net DeveloperCommented:
Http messages might need to be split over multiple packets.

Limiting the rate of the packets will affect the number of messages that can be processed.
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