'Eco-Atkins diet' more vegetarian friendly

June 8, 2009 1:42:08 PM PDT
The high protein, low carbohydrate Atkins diet can be very effective for weight loss. But some doctors have been critical because it relies so heavily on meat. Now there's a version of the diet that's where most of the proteins come from plant-based foods.

It's known as the "eco-Atkins diet" and a preliminary study in the Archives of Internal Medicine shows it not only triggers weight loss but also reduces bad cholesterol.

People on the program got the majority of their protein from nuts, soy, fruits and vegetables Compared to those on the traditional Atkins program, those on the plant version lost just as much weight and lowered their LDL cholesterol levels.