3 Common Dangers of a Low-Carbohydrates Diet.



How many times have you been advised to cut on your carbohydrates intake in order to lose weight? A common misconception!

Losing weight is not about eating less, rather it’s about eating more nutrient-rich foods that outdo the unnecessary calories you get from junk food. So every time someone tries to talk you into reducing your carbohydrate intake, just go ahead and ask them what type of carbohydrates they mean? We have the healthy lot and the unhealthy lot.

The fact that excess carbohydrates are stored as fats in the body doesn’t mean that your diet should have less carbohydrates. A diet that is low in carbs only destroys your metabolism gradually and you may end up adding even more weight.

Let’s take a look at the 3 main dangers of a low carbohydrate diet:-

  1. Smelly Breath – When your diet is deficient in carbohydrates (sources of energy), your body turns to use the stored fat as a source of energy. However, there are parts of the body such as the brain and red blood cells that cannot use up fats for energy. The body therefore goes to a state of ketosis to produce Ketone bodies which act as energy source to these body parts. The side effects of ketosis are a smelly breath (acetone),fatigue and nausea.

    Turn-off: Bad breath affects some 55 to 65 per cent of adults.

    Diet low in carbohydrates causes bad breath.

  2. Loss of water and muscle tissue – First, a low carbohydrate diet sends a signal to your brain saying “I am starving”, then the body responds with a slowed-down metabolism. If the starving continues, the body stops using the stored fat and instead starts burning its muscle tissues.The fat tissue consequently gets a chance to claim more territory.
  3.  Heart Diseases – A diet that’s low in carbohydrates tends to be high in saturated fats, which increase the risk of heart diseases such as stroke, atherosclerosis and high blood pressure.

Low-carbohydrate diet increases risk of atherosclerosis

N.B: Carbohydrates are what provide energy for the body to burn fats, thus, without them you’re never going to lose that extra weight.

Other side effects of a low-carb diet apart from bad breath, risk of heart disease and gaining unwanted weight include;- loss of appetite, nausea, lethargy, dizziness, dehydration, irritability and constipation.

Strive to increase your intake of healthy carbohydrates such as rice, sweet potatoes, whole grains, whole wheat and cereals; while cutting on unhealthy carbs such as pasta, cakes, biscuits, bread, buggers and french fries.




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