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The Truth About Low Carb Diets?

The Truth About Low Carb Diets?

Almost everyone who has tried to lose weight has come across the numerous low carb diets.  Atkins, High Protein, and the Hollywood diet are some of the most popular ones.  So the question is do low carb diets work and are they healthy?  There are side effects associated with low carb diets that you need to be aware of before you begin.  In this article I will show you the truth about low carb diets.

Will you lose weight by reducing your carbohydrate intake?  Yes, but the reason behind the weight loss isn’t very healthy.  When you greatly reduce your body will start to use its fat and protein reserves to create energy for the body.  While this does burn up fat there is another not so pleasant side effect.  Not every part of your body can use fat for energy, the brain for example, so you produce ketone bodies.  These will fuel the brain but create something called a state of ketosis.  Your breath can take on a smell like nail polish.  Fatigue and nausea are also common side effects.

A low carb diet usually has you greatly reduce, if not stop all together, the eating of carbohydrates.  This includes most grains as well as many fruits, vegetables, nuts.  In place of these foods you are encouraged to eat more meat and dairy products, which are generally high in fat, calories, and cholesterol.  Since weight is being lost many people forget that fat and cholesterol is still very unhealthy.  No matter what your weight in excess fat and cholesterol will clog your arteries, and can lead to heart disease.  In the long run it can be quite dangerous.

While it is possible to lose a small amount of weight with a low carb diet it is definitely not a good long term program.  Most of the weight loss is from lean muscle and water weight.  Yes you do lose some fat but in the process you are losing important muscle as well.  Muscle tissue helps burn calories so you are setting yourself for quick weight gain down the road.  Over time your body can actually start processing carbohydrates differently.  If you resume a normal diet the carbs you eat may make you retain more water.

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

So, what is the truth about low carb diets?  Can they help you lose weight?  Yes, if you need to drop a few pounds quick.  But I would strongly recommend against a low carb diet for any long term weight loss.  You may lose weight but is that worth feeling unhealthy and putting your body at risk?

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