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High Protein Diets
Are They All Safe?

If you are eating a high protein diet that is healthy and balanced with whole grains, vegetables and fruit then it should be fine, but many of the gimmicky fad diets are not. With the resurgence of low-carb everything which are often full of sugar and unhealthy fat, I suspect that there are some major corporations trying to take consumers for a ride and in some cases right into the hospital!

If you think that losing weight and good nutrition means eating high sugar, high fat, lots of meat, cheese, and other foods that high-protein diets are promoting... think again. Take some time to understand that there are good carbs and bad, and we need the good carbs to maintain health.

Lisa Lawless
By Lisa S. Lawless, Ph.D.
Psychotherapist & Sexuality Expert

CEO & Founder of
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When I talk about good carbs I am not referring to the empty calorie white carbs, such as popcorn, white bread, doughnuts, etc. I am talking about whole wheat, bran, brown rice, beans and other healthy sources of carbohydrates. The best advice I can give you is to be an empowered consumer; don't just blindly take someone's word that a product or method is right for you. Do some research and discern for yourself if it is what you need, after all it's not like we are talking about a car that you will trade in after a few years, this is your body we are talking about and the only one you get in this life time.

If you are on a high protein diet please read the following as it is important to know to maintain your health-

If you are like me, you probably know of someone who has tried a high protein diet yourself. High protein diets are all the rage and more and more people are getting on them. However, the high-fat, high-protein, low-carbohydrate diets such as the popular Atkins Diet may risk long-term health problems, according to the American Dietetic Association (ADA). The ADA is a professional organization representing the nation's licensed nutritionists and dietitians.

The Atkins Diet, and others like it, trigger short-term weight loss through a process called ketosis. Ketosis occurs whenever the body lacks a sufficient supply of carbohydrates, a prime source of energy. During ketosis, carbohydrate-depleted metabolisms turn to other sources, including ketones from stored fat or protein, to satisfy daily energy needs.

So the issue is not whether you will lose weight on the diet, the issue is at what cost and only to gain it back again when you are done with this very unhealthy diet. The first bit of weight loss is water weight, the carbohydrates that are in your muscles, and as you progress on the diet you will lose some fat, but you will also lose muscle mass.

It's so high in cholesterol and saturated fat, and counters the documentation of a healthy diet from the American Heart Association to the American Dietetic Association. Is Atkins so bold as to say that they are wrong? It is also interesting to note that the diet is also low in fruits and vegetables and whole grains. These are foods with proven health benefits. Shouldn't a diet be healthy? Shouldn't it be a life style change not some quick fix that leaves us more unhealthy than when we started?

This does not even go into the facade that we can get all of our vitamins and nutrients from a vitamin and mineral supplement, because we can't. Fiber or photochemicals can only be found at the source. Gains, veggies, and fruits... you take those out to the equation and you are looking for trouble.

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