Reasons to Avoid Low Carb, High Protein Diets
Low-carb diets have been the hype in the last two decades. With massive, well calculated media-led brainwashing, they have had enormous success, in terms sales.
However, their real value is a grim reality. Many of these diets have no scientific facts to support their claims. In addition, most of the low-carb proponents lack basic nutrition expertise.
Regrettably, most people behind these diets make inferences to existing research to try and justify their diet plans.
For instance, credible studies have shown that people with insulin resistance can benefit from a low carb diet, but the recommended minimum dietary consumption of carbohydrates would not good for their condition.
Clearly, carbohydrates, not insulin, would appear to be the culprit in such cases, as with many other overweight health problems. Thus, this can be used as justification for a low-carb diet.
While that is the case, other people have sworn by these diets. Initially, a person may appear to lose weight, but that is usually temporary weight loss linked to muscle loss and dehydration. There are many reasons why you should steer clear of low carb, high protein diets.
They are not balanced. Low carb, high protein diets violate everything there is about a balanced diet and that should signal the first danger.
A high protein diet contains high amounts of saturated fats, which increase cholesterol levels in blood, thus higher incidence for a heart attack.
There is an increased risk of osteoporosis due to elimination of calcium through excreta, especially in urine. High protein diets cause excess nitrogen in the body, which overworks the kidney in trying to rid the body of nitrogen.
A low carb diet results in ketosis, a state in which the body can not completely burn fat for energy. It causes an accumulation of ketones, which in this state are used for energy, instead of glucose. This results in undesirable effects like bad breath, fatigue, dizziness and light headedness. Ketosis is as a result of low insulin levels in blood.
Low carb diets lead to the depletion of glycogen in muscles, the usable form of energy in muscles. The effect of this is fatigue and lack of endurance during physical activity. It also causes the body’s metabolic rate to slow down considerably.
As a result of glycogen depletion, the body will use protein for energy (muscle) and fat. The increase in catabolic processes causes a halt to protein synthesis. This causes visibly saggy muscles, even if fat has been reduced.
You will be deprived of the potential health benefits of fiber, which is derived from carbohydrates (cellulose). Fiber is a content of almost all plant foods, whereas meats have no fiber. Lack of fiber exposes your digestive system to a whole load of ailments, e.g. constipation, bowel irritation and cancer risk.
Low carb diets should be a no go area during pregnancy. Aside from leading to poor growth, they hinder breast milk production during lactation.
It ought to be said that successful weight loss is achieved through a balanced diet and proper exercise, without necessarily restricting carbohydrates. Healthier eating choices should be the focus, like eating whole grain and fibrous foods instead of refined grains.