Once again we are confronted by the Evils of a High Protein – Low Carb Diet.  The Headlines have shout out the conclusion that the Atkins diet ‘raises risk of dying early’: Too much protein leads to weight gain, says study

The Atkins diet, which promotes swapping bread and potatoes for fried breakfasts and steaks, was followed by three million Britons at the height of its popularity and variations of it are still widely used today.

The latest research, from the Rovira i Virgili University in Reus, tracked the health of men and women at high risk of heart disease for almost five years.

Particular attention was paid to how much protein they ate. Analysis showed those who ate lots of protein and a small amount of carbohydrates – an Atkins-like pattern – were almost twice as likely to gain more than 10 per cent of their body weight. They were also 59 per cent more likely to die during the study.

The Spanish Study concluded that: 

Higher dietary protein intake is associated with long-term increased risk of body weight gain and overall death in a Mediterranean population at high cardiovascular risk.

But let’s back up a bit.  The study also stated that 

A higher consumption of animal protein was associated with an increased risk of fatal and non-fatal outcomes when protein substituted carbohydrates or fat.

The problem – once again there is no clear definition of High Protein.  The study really did not identify or track true protein levels.  The information is way to fuzzy.  A ketogenic diet does not aim for High Protein but for High Fat.  High Protein is actually to be avoided since it undermines ketosis.

An Atkins diet is not high protein.  This is a constant misinterpretation.  Unfortunately – this is also a misinterpretation of those who think the first couple of weeks on the diet is the entire diet.

If you – like me – are following a Very Low Carb – Normal Protein – High Fat eating plan – this study has nothing to do with you.  Relax and enjoy.

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