High Protein Diet

Obesity is a public health problem affecting millions worldwide. Obesity depends on the imbalance between intake of calories and expenditure of the same with regular physical activity.

There have been several studies to devise the perfect diet that can help prevent weight gain, reduce excess weight and maintain a healthy body weight. However, no diet is perfect and a onetime cure for obesity and overweight.

High protein and low carbohydrate diet is one such fad diet that has been claimed by some to help reduce weight and maintain it at healthy levels. Like other fad diets, high protein diet failed to live up to its expectations.

Advent of the high protein diet and its efficacy

The high protein and low carbohydrate diet gained popularity in the 1970’s. This form of diet as favoured in ancient times as well. Greek athletes for examples preferred a high protein diet. They were popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s with the publication of the Atkins’ Diet, The Drinking Man’s Diet, Stillman’s Diet and the Scarsdale Diet etc.

Studies from Duke University, Philadelphia Medical Center and University of Pennsylvania show that average weight loss with high-protein diets during the first six months of use, is approximately 20 pounds. This is not significantly different from other diets and other studies that looked at carbohydrate-restricted diets also show that the amount of carbohydrate consumed had no effect on the degree of weight loss.

Risks associated with high protein diet

Apart from being marginally effective in weight loss, a high protein and low carbohydrate diet can be harmful as well. Some of the side effects of this diet include:-

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Written by

Dr. Ananya Mandal

Dr. Ananya Mandal is a doctor by profession, lecturer by vocation and a medical writer by passion. She specialized in Clinical Pharmacology after her bachelor's (MBBS). For her, health communication is not just writing complicated reviews for professionals but making medical knowledge understandable and available to the general public as well.

Last updated Jan 23, 2023

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