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What Is the Eco-Atkins Diet?

It's called the Eco-Atkins Diet and it's been dubbed one the best diets for rapid weight loss...

Love the idea of following a low-carb plan for weight loss but turned off by the idea of filling your plate with pounds of animal products? Then the Eco-Atkins Diet that's getting recent buzz may be for you. Developed by a nutrition scientist at the University of Toronto, the diet is basically a plant-based spin on the uber-popular Atkins diet. While it's been around for awhile, it was recently named one of the top diets for fast weight loss by U.S. News & World Report. The annual rankings list includes nearly 40 different diets, all of which have been evaluated by a panel of doctors and nutritionists. So, needless to say, the diet has been gaining a ton of traction as of late.

"We designed a diet that combined both vegan and low-carb elements to get the weight loss and cholesterol-lowering benefits of both," said the man behind the diet, Dr. David Jenkins.

But before reporters caught wind of his diet plan, Jenkins and his team spent a month testing its effectiveness. The researchers divided a pool of overweight volunteers into two groups: one group followed a reduced-calorie vegan diet while the other group was put on a reduced-calorie low-fat egg-free vegetarian diet. All of the subjects lost weight over the course of the month-long study; however, the Eco-Atkins group saw their LDL-cholesterol drop significantly more than the group on the low-fat diet. Which makes a ton of sense. Separate research shows that low-carb diets were 98 percent more likely to lower the risks of heart attack or stroke in overweight people than a low-fat diet.

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If you're interested in giving this new low-carb plan a try, here's the formula to follow:
•31 percent of your total calories should come from protein (nuts, beans, soy burgers, spinach, etc.)
•43 percent of total calories should come from fat (avocados, nuts, vegetable oils, etc.)
•26 percent of your total calories should come from carbs (fruits, vegetables, whole grain bread, etc).

While the carb count is a bit higher than what you'd consume on the standard Atkins Diet, the diet is certainly worth a try if you're trying to cut back on chicken and burgers. But if you want to keep your carb count on the lower side, the Atkins 40 Diet may be a better fit for you. A-list celebs like Kim Kardashian and Alyssa Milano shed 30 and 46 pounds respectively on the plan—which is pretty darn impressive if you ask us! To find out exactly how to trim down by following their diets, click on over to our exclusive piece, 15 Amazing Weight Loss Tips from Kim Kardashian's Nutriitonist.


Dana Leigh Smith
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