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Facts About Low Carb Diets

Facts About Low Carb Diets

Nearly anyone who has tried to lose weight has at some point come across the numerous low carb diets. Atkins, protein, and the Hollywood diet are some of the most common ones. So what are the facts about low carb diets, and are they healthy? There are side effects commonly linked with low carb diets that you need to know before you begin. In this article provide you with some facts about low carb diets.

The first question is will you lose weight by reducing your carbohydrate consumption? Yes, but the reason behind the weight loss is not very healthy. When you greatly reduce your body’s carbohydrate intake you will start to use its fat and protein reserves to create energy. While this does begin burning fat there is an unpleasant side effect. Not every part of your body is capable of using fat for energy, such as the brain for example, so you produce something called ketone bodies. These fuel the brain but create something called a state of ketosis. Your breath may take on a smell like that of nail polish. Fatigue and nausea are also common side effects.

A low carb diet will usually have you greatly reduce, if not cut out completely, the consumption of carbohydrates. This includes most grains as well as many fruits, vegetables, nuts. In place of these types of food you are encouraged to eat more meat and dairy products, which are generally high in fat, calories, and cholesterol. While you may be losing weight, excessive fat and cholesterol are still very unhealthy. No matter what your weight may be fat and cholesterol will still clog your arteries, and can contribute to heart disease. In the long run it can be very dangerous.

While it is common to lose small amounts of weight with a low carb diet it is definitely not a good solution for the long term. Most of the weight that is lost comes from lean muscle and water weight. Yes you can lose some fat but in the process you are losing important muscle mass also. Muscle tissue will help burn calories so you are setting yourself for quick weight gain if you stop the diet. Over time your body can actually start processing carbohydrates differently, so if you resume a normal diet the carbs you eat may make you retain more water.

Another problem with the low carb diet is the lack of vitamins, minerals, and other important nutrients. So many good sources have been cut out you may need many expensive supplements to make up for it. It’s much easier to just eat fruits and veggies, and it’s cheaper too. But on some of these diets that may not be an option.

So, now that you have these facts about low carb diets hopefully you are not as interested in one? Can they help you lose weight? Yes, if you need to drop a few pounds quickly. But I strongly recommend against a low carb diet for any long term weight loss program. You may lose a little weight but is that worth feeling unhealthy and putting your body at risk?

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