Low-carb/high-protein diets have long been popular for weight loss. The latest trend is the Eco Atkins diet, a high-vegan protein diet. Dietician Kim Hoffmann (of The Lean Aubergine Dietetic Services) takes a closer look.
Low-carbohydrate diets have long been advocated by commercial weight loss programmes as they are thought to be advantageous for weight loss. But the traditional low-carbohydrate diets are high in animal proteins and fats and have therefore had a plenty of health concerns surrounding them. The fats from animal products are predominantly saturated, therefore leading to increased LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. Large intakes of meat have also been associated with many problems such as coronary heart disease, increased risk of certain cancers and kidney stones.
I did a literature search of all the studies comparing different diets, and found a handful looking at the vegan high-protein diets. Generally the consensus is that the Eco Atkins versus the original Atkins are very similar from a weight perspective, but from a health perspective the Eco Atkins improves the LDL cholesterol levels significantly more.