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WARNING: THE LOW CARB DIET

Hey Guys!
 
I thought I would write a blog post on one of the most popular diets, The Low Carb Diet! We have all heard of it and how popular it is. So here is some info on it....
 
The Theory:
 
If minimal carbohydrate is available for energy, then the fat stores will be accessed more readily. Also high fat/protien diets diets generate excess by products of incomplete fat breakdown which suppress the appetite and cause urinay loss of unused calories. Its claimed this will account for significant weight loss, despite a high calorie intake. Dieters are told they can eat as much as they wish, so long as carbohydrate intake is restricted.
 
Benefits:
 
Inclusion of rich foods have a phycological appeal and rapid weight loss of water may be an incentive.
 
Drawbacks:
 
The amount of calories lost through urine per day is around 100-150 at most each day. This means losing about 0.45kg a month. Definatly not appealing when the fat content can be as high as 60-70%. You can lose muscle tissue as protien is the main fuel to maintain blood glucose. This diet can lower pottassium levels that can facilitate cardiac arrhythmia. It can also aggravate the kidneys, and also elevate blood lipid levels which increases the chance of Chronic Heart Disease.
 
Nothing beats a well balanced diet, and as a rule of thumb 55% of calorie intake should come from carbohydrates!