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  • High protein diet increases weight loss, reduces bone loss

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    Monday, March 01, 2004 12:07 pm Email this article
    A high protein diet increases weight loss and reduces bone loss compared to a low protein diet with the same amount of fat according to a study from Denmark.

    People eating a high protein diet lost 19.6 pounds in six months compared to 11.2 pounds for those eating a low protein diet.

    Both diets containing the same amount of fat.

    Sixty-five overweight and obese people were randomized and given one of two controlled diets matched for content, in which they could eat as much as they wanted.

    Both groups started out eating 91 grams of protein per day. After six months, the high protein group was eating 108 grams per day, while the low protein group was eating 70 grams per day.

    They also found that, after adjusting for fat loss, that the high protein group actually lost less bone than the low protein group.


    Skov A, Haulrik N, Toubro S, Molgaard C, Astrup A. Effect of protein intake on bone mineralization during weight loss: a 6-month trial. Obes Res. 2002 Jun, 10(6):432-38.

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