Low-carb diets used to be all the rage back in the day but the trend is slowly declining as researchers discover the adverse effects of cutting out bread, pasta and rice on your health over the long haul. These low-carb diets such as the Atkin’s diet consider carbohydrates to be the biggest weight loss enemy, but shunning them from your diet completely can cause fat storage which is difficult to get rid of.
Extreme low carb diets are also unrealistic since it can become impossible to avoid breads and pastas for the rest of your life. Here’s what could happen to your body if you went on an extreme low-carb diet.
It’ll Make You Feel Terrible
Extreme low-carb diets often begin with the initial phase of limiting your carbohydrate consumption to as little as 20 grams per day – which is about what is in a small piece of bread – and the remaining 98 per cent of your 1,200 calories come from protein and fats.
By contrast to these diets, health experts recommend a daily consumption of carbohydrates no less than 45 per cent of your total calories. Low-calorie diets are often undesirable because our body starts burning muscle tissues for energy once the daily carb consumption falls below 100 grams. Only when the glycogen stores inside the muscles are completely depleted, the body turns to fat for energy.
Fat-burning isn’t the ideal way for body to produce energy which is why it leaves the process as last resort. Making blood sugar out of fat also results in unwanted byproducts such as ketones which can make you feel tired, lightheaded and even give you bad breath.
It Will Affect Your Health
Extreme low-carb diets can be beneficial for overweight or obese people who have developed an insulin resistance and stand a risk of getting diabetes. Cutting off carbs will regulate the glucose and insulin levels inside the body and even lower your blood pressure by reducing the levels of triglycerides and increasing the good HDL cholesterol. But the diet has its pitfalls as well.
Due to the muscle tissue breakdown after eliminating carbohydrates from your diet, your metabolism slows down significantly which causes the weight to creep back on once you go off the diet. Eating a lot of high saturated fats and not enough fresh vegetables and fruits may also increase your risk of cardiovascular diseases over time.
In order to burn off and breakdown the various ketones and amino acids that are built up by harmful diets, the body burns its fat in order to release energy which means that it’s kidneys end up working much harder than necessary, increasing the possibility of further medical conditions like kidney stones.
A Moderate Diet is What the Doctors Advise
According to studies, it’s not even the low carb nature of prescribed diets that lead to weight loss but the abundance of protein in them which keep your weight under check by stimulating the body to burn more calories than usual. This means that just the incorporation of a healthy amount of protein in your diet will lead to noticeable results. This however does not mean that you should not ignore carbohydrates altogether; carbohydrates are the major source of calories in our food and a major culprit responsible for fatty tissue buildup in our bodies.
An ideal diet for any person would be a balanced one which has a healthy proportion of good protein with a lower proportion of carbohydrates. This will also result in lower side effects associated with low carb diets whilst also keeping your blood pressure, sugar levels, and insulin levels in check. Keeping a balanced diet rich in protein will also help keep you full and satisfy your hunger, meaning now you can enjoy and savor your healthy diet rather than endure it.