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9 eco-friendly diets

By: Julie Knapp on Jan. 15, 2010, 11:47 a.m.
Eco Atkins Diet

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Eco Atkins Diet

The low-carb, high-protein Atkins Diet packed with animal fats is far from green and only questionably healthy. But the eco twist follows the same carb-to-protein ratio using plant-based proteins like soy, beans and no-starch gluten instead. Researchers found dieters lost weight and reduced their bad (LDL) cholesterol levels at the same time.