High-Protein Diets Increase Weight Gain

The Physicians Committee

High-Protein Diets Increase Weight Gain

May 8, 2015

Those at risk for cardiovascular disease should avoid high-protein diets that may increase weight-gain and risk for early death, according to a presentation at the European Congress on Obesity that took place in Prague, CZ. Researchers re-analyzed the 2013 Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease with a Mediterranean Diet (PREDIMED) Trial. Those who ate large quantities of protein and a small amount of carbohydrates—similar to an Atkins diet—were almost twice as likely to gain more than 10 percent of their body weight and experienced a 59 percent increase in all-cause mortality during the study. High protein diets are associated with increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, and insulin sensitivity.

Bulló MC. Association of high dietary protein intake with the risk of weight gain and total death in subjects at high risk of cardiovascular disease. Report presented at: 22nd European Congress on Obesity (ECO2015) 2015; May 6-9, 2015: Prague, CZ.

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