Looking for vegan diet plans? The high-fibre Eco-Atkins diet could help boost weight loss and curb heart disease.

Eco-Atkins Diet review (vegan) - Weight loss plans - PICTURE - Women's Health & Fitness

THE HYPE

A vegan take on the low-carbohydrate Atkins diet could induce weight loss and curb heart disease by up to 10% per decade by lowering bad cholesterol LDL, suggests research published in British Medical Journal Open.

It sideswipes criticisms levelled at the copious animal protein in standard low-carb diets, which may raise cholesterol. Participants in a six-month study lost two more kilos on the high-fibre Eco-Atkins than a cohort on a high-carb low-fat diet. Keen to try?

THE RULES

Aim for 26% carbohydrates, 31% proteins and 43% fat (primarily vegetable oils).

THE LIST

Carbs: oats, barley, low-starch vegies (okra, eggplant)

Protein: soy, nuts, cereals (think quinoa)

Fats: nuts, vegetable oils, soy products, avocado