High-protein diets still a mystery, say experts

August 13, 2003 in Nutrition Topics in the News

High-protein diets still a mystery, say experts

The long-term health consequences of high-protein diets like the Atkins diet are still unknown--and most diets don't work, experts said yesterday.

"We simply don't know the long-term impact on health" they said.

They told reporters that between 95 and 99 percent of people who dieted regained the weight they lost as soon as they finished their diets. The only real solution to obesity lay in prevention.

The Atkins diet has generated a wave of publicity recently due to its use by celebrities. It involves eating a lot of protein but low levels of carbohydrate.

Nutritionists say they are worried that the new breed of fast weight loss diets have replaced old regimes of physical exercise and sensible eating.

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