Low carb diets are STILL SO popular, why?!! Because they result in quick, semi-easy weight loss that is noticeable. This is all true, but what is really going on in the body when we restrict our carbohydrate intake and overly allow our protein consumption? Most people don’t really care, they just want the weight loss, but is it worth what it’s doing to your body? Is it worth gaining all the weight back once you go back to eating normally again? Here is why I DON’T and NEVER will believe in low-car diets:
The weight you lose is water weight and you can literally breakdown your muscles!!!
Eating HIGH protein and LOW carbohydrates forces our bodies into a starvation mode because most of our tissues, including the brain, prefer to use glucose for fuel. This is supplied by carbohydrates. When we deprive the body of this type of fuel, it has to go elsewhere for that energy.
When there isn’t enough carbohydrates to convert into energy, the body is forced to used stored energy found in the muscles and liver. This creates the breakdown of muscles tissue.
Muscle is mostly water, so as you break this down for energy, you will lose weight FAST in a short period of time, but you’re losing muscle! Sure, you’ll look skinner, but you haven’t lost fat, just muscle! We work so hard to keep muscle, to build muscle, and to tone muscle, yet you’ll break it down like that when you deprive your body of carbohydrates! Crazy right?!! I agree.
It can be DANGEROUS!
If you do this type of diet for a long period of time, the brain will eventually run on fat stores for fuel. This is what you want right? WRONG! This is called ketosis and is dangerous and unpleasant.
Ketosis can cause irritability, headaches, and can make the kidneys work much harder. It can also cause heart palpitations and other heart issues.
You aren’t getting the nutrients you need.
When you cut way back on carbohydrates you restrict plant-based foods which are full of nutrients and other preventive phytochemicals and antioxidants (protect against cancer and other diseases). k
Good Luck Keeping the Weight Off when You Go Back To Eating Normally Again!
Another thing about these diets is they are unrealistic and won’t last lifelong. Because of this, when you start eating carbohydrates again, you will start seeing the pounds return + more than before! Yo-Yo dieting or losing/gaining, losing/gaining is one of the most dangerous things you can do to your body! There is no consistency and the body is constantly having to work to get back to where you take it to.
What it really comes down to and ALWAYS comes down to is when you restrict something healthy and eat TOO much of something healthy (in moderation) you are missing out on balance and nutrients that are needful, hence why they are here on earth in the first place! You will lose if you cut things out.
Think balance and moderation in ALL things and remember that slow and steady wins the race when it comes to your diet, exercise, and overall lifestyle.
A couple of things to watch out for when it comes to knowing if a diet is good or not:
1. Does it promise a quick fix?
2. Does the diet require you to restrict or eliminate a healthy (in moderation) food?
3. Does the diet go against what is known to be healthy (in moderation)?
If you answer YES to any of these, you should re-think that diet and look back to balance and moderation in all things.
*Parts of my information for this article was found on http://www.webmd.com