High-protein diets are a "big mistake" for athletes

10/14/2003 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Athletes who put themselves on high-protein, low-carbohydrate diets to lose weight often end up losing muscle mass. Dieticians caution carbohydrates are essential to active lifestyles, as they are converted into glucose to power muscles and also promote the production of insulin, which helps build, repair and maintain muscle mass.

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