While low-carbohydrate, high-protein diets can help people lose an average of five to 10 pounds over 6 months to 1 year, weight-loss experts are concerned about the potential risks associated with these diets.
Consuming a lot of protein places extra stress on the liver and kidneys. In people with diabetes or kidney disease, high-protein diets may further the progression of kidney damageeven if the diet is followed for only a short time. Furthermore, the long-term effects of low-carb diets (which are typically heavy on meat and saturated fat) on heart disease are currently unknown.
Consult with your doctor before starting any new diet or eating plan.
From our sister publication Diabetes Focus Winter 2014