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What are high-protein, low-carb diets?

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High-protein, low-carbohydrate diets, like The Atkins Diet, have been widely promoted as effective weight loss plans. These programs generally recommend that dieters get 30% to 50% of their total calories from protein.

By comparison, the American Heart Association, the National Cholesterol Education Program, and the American Cancer Society all recommend a diet in which a smaller percentage of calories come from protein.


The American Heart Association recommends getting 10% - 35% of your daily calories come from protein. This is about 46 grams of protein for adult women and 56 grams for adult men.

Reviewed by William Blahd on May 10, 2017
Reviewed by William Blahd on May 10, 2017

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