High protein diets have become increasingly popular in recent years. The main reason for this is that fats and carbohydrates have been, rightly or wrongly, identified as the primary cause of weight gain.
Protein diets focus on replacing a percentage of you daily fat and carb intake with foods rich in protein. One of the best example of such an eating plan is the South Beach Diet. This program takes a sensible approach to weight loss by moderately increasing protein intake at the expense of so called bad carbs.
However, like most things in life, moderation is the key. Too much protein is not recommended over the long term. Very high-protein diets can increase the risk of kidney stones and osteoporosis, as well as leading to nutritional imbalance.
Nevertheless, a little too much protein is a better option than a little too much saturated fat or bad carbohydrates, at least in the short term. But the key to losing weight, is to not treat any one food group as the enemy. A healthy, balanced diet is the only way to permanent weight loss.
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