Low Carb Diet Disaster. Dangers of Low Carb Diets

Low Carb Diet Disaster. Dangers of Low Carb Diets

Is a low carb diet healthy?

Here is some important information you should know about low-carbohydrate diets!

Following a low carb diet is disastrous, dangerous, and above all will set you up to fail by leading you down a path of more frequent cravings and many more colossal cravings!  Carbohydrates are NOT the enemy.  Including the appropriate amounts and types of carbohydrate-rich foods in your diet is essential for long-term health and weight loss/maintenance.

When there is no glucose available for energy, the body starts using protein from food for energy.  Therefore this protein is no longer available for more important functions, such as making new cells, tissues, enzymes, hormones, and antibodies
and the regulation of fluid balance.

When carbohydrates are lacking, the body cannot burn fat in the correct way. Normally carbs combine with fat fragments to be used as energy.  When carbs are not available, there is an incomplete breakdown of fat that produces a by-product
called ketones.  These ketones accumulate in the blood and in the urine causing ketosis, which is an abnormal state.  Ketosis does cause a decrease in appetite because it’s one of the body’s protection mechanisms.  It’s an advantage to someone in a famine (which the body thinks it’s experiencing) to lack an appetite because the search for food would be a waste of time and additional energy.

Due to the lack of energy and the accumulation of ketones, low-carb diets are often accompanied by nausea, headaches, dizziness, fatigue, bad breath, and dehydration.

Because of dehydration and a lack of fiber, constipation can result.

Exercise and fitness performance is reduced on a low-carb diet.  Do not be surprised if your energy level is so low that you cannot make it through your normal workout routine.

When you severely restrict carbs, your consumption of protein and fat increases, which has several long-term effects.  The risk of many cancers increases when fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, and beans are eliminated from the diet.

Protein foods are also high in purines, which are broken down into uric acid. Elevated levels of uric acid in the blood may lead to needle-like uric acid crystals in joints, causing gout.

Kidney stones are more likely to form on high protein, ketosis-producing diets.

Over time, high protein diets can cause a loss of calcium and lead to osteoporosis.

Get lots of healthy carbohydrates from vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans, legumes and whole grains.

The more organic and less processed the better. For nuts, beans, legumes and grains, greatly boost their vitamin, energy and enzyme content and make them more digestible by soaking and sprouting.

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