Are They Selling Us Baloney?

Converts to low-carb diets don't need scientists to tell them they can lose weight eating bunless bacon cheeseburgers for a couple of weeks. The bigger issue is the long-term health effects of protein-heavy diets. Very little data is available, but many researchers are worried that such diets can lead to kidney and liver problems. Research also suggests that too much protein can leach calcium out of the body, increasing the risk of osteoporosis. Dieters still need to be concerned about the risks of shedding pounds while slurping eggs Benedict and lobster thermidor. The bottom line is the same: calories matter, and...

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