Controversial US diet guru Dr Robert Atkins has died, aged 72, a week after he injured his head in a fall.
Robert Atkins' diet was controversial
Dr Atkins died at New York's Weill-Cornell Medical Center and was
surrounded by his wife and close friends, said Richard Rothstein,
He had suffered a severe head injury on 8 April after falling
on an icy pavement while walking to his office in New York.
The doctor shot to fame in the early 1970s with his Atkins diet, a low-carbohydrate, high-protein eating regime.
Followers of the Atkins diet are allowed to eat unlimited meat, eggs, fish and shellfish.
But they can only eat small amounts of carbohydrates, such as bread, potatoes and pasta.
Dr Atkins first advocated his unorthodox weight-loss plan in his 1972 book, Dr. Atkins' Diet Revolution."
Its publication came at a time when the medical establishment
was encouraging a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet - and it attracted much controversy.
Brad and Jennifer are said to be devotees of low-carb diets
Despite this, his books sold 15 million copies, and millions of
people tried the diet.
Dr Atkins' philosophy enjoyed a resurgence in the 1990s with another book Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution, which sold more than 10 million copies worldwide and spent five years on The New York Times best-seller list.
Stars such as Brad Pitt, Jennifer Anniston and Geri Halliwell are all said to be on Atkins-type diets.
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It becomes rather disgusting after a week and your body starts crying for carbohydrates
But recently, United States researchers found that high-protein diets can accelerate kidney disease in those at risk.
In a survey of women aged between 42 and 68, women who already had a mild kidney problem and ate a high-protein diet, particularly one high in meat protein, showed some kidney deterioration.
Other critics say diets with lots of meat eating and high in
protein are linked to diseases such as osteoporosis and heart