Protein rich diets

Several diets focus on eating or drinking more protein. Some of these diets are protein-enriched with the aim of losing weight, while others are protein rich to gain weight. Usually, there is a difference in how the diet deals with carbohydrates and fats.

An important factor of a high-protein diet is that it focuses on muscle support, maintenance or building.

On this page you will find a list of high-protein diets and some more specific lists. Some diets in the lists contain a link to a page with more information about that diet. You can also compare these diets on the homepage.

Protein rich diets

Below a list of diets that recommend eating or drinking more protein. We have ignored here whether the diets are low in carbohydrates or high in carbohydrates. Of course, this page also contains lists where we have separated this.

Comment from the dietician

Following a protein-enriched diet can be useful in many cases, but in a number of situations it is definitely not advisable to increase the daily protein intake substantially. Always consult your doctor or dietician before starting a protein-enriched diet.

Carbs and fats

Protein-rich diets sometimes recommend fewer carbohydrates or less/more fat. Examples are given in the lists below. These diets are all aimed at losing weight, not gaining it. 

More protein and ...

... less carbs

... less fat and less carbs

... less fat

Protein rich diet & gaining weight

Currently, there is only one high-protein diet on the site that focuses on gaining weight rather than losing it, namely 'Become your own dietician - more protein'.

Protein rich diets with many shakes

Some diets involve drinking protein shakes to increase protein intake. We have two examples of this: The Alizonne diet and the Two shakes a day diet. Both diets are aimed at losing weight.


With the professional help of a dietitian it should be easier to reach your goals. Please contact a dietician in your area or talk to a doctor before starting any diet.

General warnings

Please take note that most diets do not have a scientific basis.

Consult your doctor or dietician before starting a diet, especially if you have a chronic condition like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, lung disease or kidney disease.

Eating disorders

If you think you might have an eating disorder (like anorexia or bulimia), it is important to look for professional help. Contact your (house) doctor or find help elsewhere. Here you can find a list of several websites that can provide (online) help. These sites also provide information for people that know someone with an eating disorder.