The human body needs fuel the same way a car does. Certain types, however, will have it run better than others. Some may do more harm than good.
That is the case with the so called low-carbohydrate diets. That kind of fuel is simply not what our body was conceived to run on.
Here are 10 risks you are exposed to – in the long run – if you chose high-protein, low-carb regimen.
Low-carb diets work no magic for metabolism. With mathematical certainty, you will have to reduce your daily calories if you are to keep losing weight after the first week.
This is somewhat a side effect of decreased dietary variety. Once you limit the spectrum of foods you can eat, you will automatically reduce calorie intake.
However keep in mind that with a too narrow food spectrum, boredom and cravings are almost guaranteed in the long run.
Studies show that high-protein meals lead statistically more to binging on sugary and fatty foods later in the day.
Low-carb nutrition can cause dizziness and even fainting when standing up quickly. This is due to a loss in electrolytes and consequent reduced nervous system activity, which in turn causes a condition known as “orthostatic hypotension”,that is a sudden drop in blood pressure when you stand up from lying.
Low-carb diets are bad for athletes
It is a well known fact that enduring strenuous athletic performance can be enhanced through a high-carb diet.
This is moreover true for mountain climbers and skiers, where a high-protein diet can increase the likelihood of mountain sickness.
If your carbs intake is too low, your body will go into a process called “ketosis”. That is, it will use fat instead of carbs to produce energy. This produces a waste ketone called Acetone, which has a smell midway between nail polish and over-ripe pineapple, and gets expelled through breath and urine.
As I pointed out in my simple guide, there’s basically two things you must do to lose weight and gain health:1) increase the amount of fruits, vegetables, nonfat dairy products, whole grains and beans that you eat.2) eliminate calorie-bombs like cookies, sugary desserts, bagels, crackers, chips, fries, pizza, candies, etc.
Couple it with exercise and you are all set.
A diet high in animal protein, cholesterol and saturated fat increases significantly the risk of heart disease.
The three increase LDL – bad – cholesterol in blood. Moreover, high-carb, high-fiber plant foods, that would help lower LDL, are virtually absent in this type of diet and this adds to the problem.
High meat intake can increase omocysteine and iron levels, whose high levels seem to be related to increased heart disease risk.
Gout is caused by a surplus of uric acid in the body.
Foods high in purines get broken down into uric acid in the body.
Meat, poultry, nuts, seeds, eggs and seafood are all fairly high in purines.
Low-carb diets generally lack fruit and vegetables in sufficient amounts, which is a serious omission. Many phytochemicals – to be found in a diet rich in fruits and vegetables – have been shown by research to play an important role in cancer prevention.
Risk of many cancers is likely to increase when most fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans are eliminated from the diet. Eliminating most fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans is likely to increase risk of different types of cancer.
Scientific research on this topic is quite consolidated and the National Cancer Institute recommends a plant-based diet, high-fiber and low-fat.
Loss of calcium in the urine is observed in relation to excess protein intake protracted over time. This may contribute to osteoporosis.
Many low-carb diets do not restrict salt intake, the primary cause of blood pressure rise with age.
On the other hand, diets based on fruits, vegetables, grains and non fat dairy products were shown to lower blood pressure.
Article source : NewPhen24.
A ketogenic (where fat is used for energy) diet is more likely to lead to uric acid and calcium oxalate stones formation than a higher-carb, fruits and vegetables rich diet.