High protein, low carb diets can work for weight loss in the short-term, but they do have risks so it is important to weigh up the evidence before you decide if it’s a good option for you.

Do high protein, low carb diets work?

While weight gain usually occurs over many years, many of us want a quick-fix solution to trim down. This may be one of the reasons that high protein, low carb diets foods have become popular again – they can give fast results in the short-term.

What are high protein, low carb diets?

If you call it the Atkins Diet, South Beach Diet, Dukan Diet or Paleo – they are all very much the same. They tend to emphasise:

  • A high intake of animal proteins like red meat, chicken, fish and eggs;
  • Combined with a sharp reduction in carbohydrates including breads, rice, pastas, grains, legumes and fruits; and
  • In some cases, a high intake of fat is also encouraged, especially from nuts, seeds, extra virgin cold pressed olive oil, coconut oils, full-cream dairy products, butter and ghee.
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