The Eco-Atkins Diet Review

by The Diet Critic on March 30, 2015

The Eco-Atkins Diet review

The Eco-Atkins diet is essentially the vegetarian version of the traditional Atkins diet, which is a low-carb and high protein eating plan. This version of Atkins was created by Canadian researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. The researchers studied whether a vegetarian diet that was high in protein could promote weight loss, as well as reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol. In spite being able to lower insulin resistance and raise HDL (good) cholesterol, the standard Atkins diet has little impact on bad cholesterol.

The Eco-Atkins diet maintains the same protein and carb ratio as the regular Atkins plan, but uses vegetable protein that mainly comes from gluten and soy, instead of the high-fat animal protein.

Those who choose to follow the Eco-Atkins plan will be eating a diet that mostly consists of healthy fats, beans, seeds, nuts, fruits, vegetables, no-starch gluten products and soy foods. Protein typically comes from soy beverages, soy burgers, tofu, gluten, nuts, cereals and vegetables. Healthy fats include avocado, nuts, olive oil and canola oil, while acceptable carbs include vegetables, fruits and cereal with limited amounts of barley and oats. Starchy foods such as baked goods and enriched white rice, bread, and potatoes are off limits.


It appears that it is possible to lose weight following the Eco-Atkins diet. The Canadian researchers conducted a small and brief study that was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. In their one month study, they split 47 overweight men and women with high cholesterol into two groups. They placed one group on the Eco-Atkins diet and the second on a high-carb lacto-ovo (dairy and eggs) vegetarian diet. At the end of the month, both groups lost just over 8 pounds on average, and experienced improved cholesterol, blood pressure and triglyceride levels. However, those who followed Eco-Atkins also had a greater reduction in LDL cholesterol.


Low-carb vegetarian diets may prove to be too challenging for some people, due to the number of restrictions involved, such as eating an entirely plant-based diet, giving up all animal products and limiting carbs. This diet may be relatively expensive to follow as some vegetarian and soy products can be costly.

In addition to consulting your medical practitioner before making a drastic change to your diet, which is especially important if you have a health condition, you should also consult with a registered dietician to make sure that while following the Eco-Atkins diet all of your nutritional needs are met.

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