What are high-protein, low-carb diets?
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.
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