The Atkins Diet, the infamous eating plan where one eats very little fruit, vegetables, pasta or bread and swaps them for high amounts of animal based protein, does not work for very long.
Yes, in the short term, people have lost weight eating a low carbohydrate diet high in meat, eggs and dairy products. But in return they also saw their LDL levels sky rocket. Not a good thing, especially if one already has coronary heart disease. Meat, eggs and dairy products all have high levels of saturated fat. Eat too much for too long and you will end up overweight with high cholesterol. Atkins himself reportedly died at 258 lbs!
The Eco-Atkins diet is still a low carbohydrate, high protein diet. However, instead of animal based protein, plant based protein sources are consumed instead.
In the new study that was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, participants who followed this way of eating lost 8.8 lbs in four weeks, decreased LDL levels and improved ratios of total cholesterol to HDLs, and saw a decrease in blood pressure.
It has been reported that meat-eaters have three times the obesity rate of vegetarians and nine times the obesity rate of vegans. Why not see for yourself? Here is a list of foods to enjoy and avoid should you have interest in test driving the Eco-Atkins diet:
Enjoy: Plant based proteins: soy products, lentils, legumes, seeds and nuts, spirulina, chlorella, sprouted seeds, quinoa, amaranth, flax seed, oat bran, kamut.
Avoid: Animal based proteins: meat, eggs, cheese, milk, yogurt, ice cream
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