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High protein diets will probably help you lose weight initially, BUT you will more than likely lose muscle weight, not fat weight. Additionally, you will more than likely not be able to stick to a high protein/very low carb diet for long, because you will fatigue quickly since your body runs optimally on carbohydrates for energy, not protein. These diets are fads, and you won't be able to stick to them. The old adage still holds true: extremes in any direction are not good for you. The same holds true with eating where balance is the key!
High-protein, zero-carbohydrate diets are designed to SHIFT body chemistry to a rational, sustainable state WITHOUT free carbohydrates.
They are NOT FADS, as they are based on actual changes in body physiology (body chemistry) and after a variable (but relatively short) period with ZERO carbohydrates, the diet is expanded slowly to include complex carbs SO THAT the body has access to some carbohydrates, while still burning excess fats without those carbohydrates, yielding the characteristic ketone-bodies, which can be confirmed in the dieter's urine and are reinforcing proof of the effectiveness of the diet.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|