Ohio Neurologic Institute

Specializing in Neurologic and Sleep Disorders

High Protein

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The American Heart Association doesn't recommend high-protein diets for weight loss.

In order to be “high protein” these diets emphasize foods like meat, eggs and cheese, which are rich in protein.  Many of these foods are also high in fat including saturated fat.  Saturated fat has been shown to be harmful and it is recommended that the diet consist of no more than 30% fat and 7% saturated fat.  Trans fats is so harmful that it has  recently been outlawed in New York!

Some of these diets restrict important carbohydrates such as grains, fruits, and vegetables.   These diets may cause a quick drop in weight because eliminating carbohydrates causes a loss of body fluids. In the diets that are low in carbohydrates and  high in protein (and/or fat), substances called ketones are formed and released into the bloodstream, a condition called ketosis. It can make dieting easier because it decreases appetite although it  may also cause nausea.