View All Brands View Women's Health View Men's Health View My Favorite Product Selections View Details About How You Can Save More With Our Unique Super Saver Program Express Shop, The Quickest & Easiest Way To Shop
Health Library SEARCH
Health Library Home

Lose Weight—and Keep It Off—on a High-Protein Diet

Evidence shows that high-protein, low-carb diets aren’t just a fad
Lose Weight—and Keep It Off—on a High-Protein Diet: Main Image
Researchers found that women on a high-protein diet kept more weight off at the end of a year than women on a high-carb diet
Weight-loss diets that push protein and restrict carbohydrates have become increasingly popular in the past decade, but do they work? This study says they can. Researchers found that women on a high-protein diet kept more weight off at the end of a year than women on a high-carb diet.

High protein = high rewards

In the never-ending quest to lose extra weight, ideas about the best way to diet come and go. Low-fat diets that emphasize carbohydrates (typically starches and grains) were the standard not long ago, but more recently there has been a shift to low-carb diets that emphasize protein. A number of studies have found that carbohydrate restriction can lead to more rapid weight loss than low-fat diets, but findings from other studies suggest that this difference evens out after one to two years.

The new study followed overweight women between ages 40 and 58 for a year after they finished a three-month weight-loss program:

  • either a high-protein diet, with 34% of calories from protein, 46% from carbohydrate, and 20% from fat,

  • or a high-carb diet, with 64% of calories from carbohydrate, 17% from protein, and 20% from fat.

At the end of the year, the women who managed to keep their protein portion up had more sustained weight loss: about 14 pounds (6.5 kg), compared with about 8 pounds (3.6 kg) for those eating the high-carb diet.

It is interesting to note that markers of heart health improved in women on both diets, including total cholesterol, LDL and HDL cholesterol, glucose, insulin, C-reactive protein, and homocysteine levels. These changes were associated with weight loss, but not with the protein content of their diet, suggesting that the road to weight loss might not be as important as the weight loss itself for keeping the heart healthy.

Power proteins

Try the following food sources and recipes for surefire ways to up the protein in your diet:

(Am J Clin Nutr 2008;87:23–9)

Maureen Williams, ND, received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, WA. She has a private practice in Quechee, VT, and does extensive work with traditional herbal medicine in Guatemala and Honduras. Dr. Williams is a regular contributor to Healthnotes Newswire.

Copyright © 2017 Healthnotes, Inc. All rights reserved. www.healthnotes.com

Learn more about Healthnotes, the company.

 
Your Cart: (0) Total: $0.00
 
Share on Twitter Add to Google Plus Share on Facebook Email a Friend Share Tools


The following product(s) are related to this article:
Cardiokinase™
by Iagen Professional
Starting at $69.97

[ View Details ]
Whey Protein Plus
by Pure Prescriptions
Starting at $39.95

[ View Details ]
7-Keto DHEA 100mg
by Vital Nutrients
Starting at $52.20

[ View Details ]
FEATURED ARTICLES
Start here for complete healthy eating advice Read more
Get Glowing. Great Ways to Take Care of Your Skin Read more
Quick Tip
Women: Find Your Strength with Fish Oil

Women: Find Your Strength with Fish Oil

A study found that women taking fish oil benefited more from strength training than women who didn’t take fish oil.

Get more info on fish oil and exercise.
Home | About Us | Doctor's Blog | Contact Us | Terms of Use & Privacy Policy | Patient Intake Form | Company
For Assistance, Please Call: 888-821-8808
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
© 2017 PureRXO. All Rights Reserved.
close
Driving Directions From: GO