low carb diet

The low carb diet, not so effective after all

Among the many diet trends in past years, the low carb diet was touted to be the most successful. Starting with the Atkins Diets, low carb diets were the trends in the diet world. However, at this point, low carb diets have become passé. Why? Because low carb diets have noted risks after prolonged use. It is a regimen that lasts only for a short time.

The long-term health risks that a low carb diet may pose is not clear; however, some health experts believe that if you eat large amounts of fat and protein from animal sources, your risk of heart disease or certain cancers may actually increase.” www.mayoclinic.org

The most popular low carb diet is the Atkins diet which introduced us, on a larger scale, to cut carbs in order to lose weight. Carbs or carbohydrates are basically sugar and starch that are found in cereals, pastries, and bread. Eliminating these foods from your diet can assist in the weight loss battle which is essentially the basis of the Atkins diet.

According to the Atkins “a carbohydrate is any of a large group of organic compounds occurring in foods including sugars, starch, and cellulose.” Foods such as refined bread, cereals, and pastries that quickly raise blood sugar.

These carbs are not only higher in sugar but they also break down more rapidly into glucose and enter your bloodstream far faster than vegetables and other complex/higher fiber carbs, like vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, and whole grains. So eating refined carbs causes your blood sugar to go high and low like a roller coaster ride. www.atkins.com

Low carb diets essentially entail cutting out carbs out of your diet and sometimes lowering calories. The body uses carbs for energy so when you cut them your body eats its own fat for the needed energy thereby allowing weight loss.

This is a good diet if it were effective in the long term. In the short term of a low carb diet, there are obvious health benefits to low carb diets, one of which is weight loss. Weight loss in itself will improve most health issues like lowering blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels.

The downside to a low carb diet involves a plan that may be higher in fat and protein. This means consuming healthy unsaturated fats and proteins.

A high carb diet will cause the foods like pasta to convert into sugar and what is not used by the body is stored as fat. Excess fat is weight gain.

Before take on a low carb diet, be sure this is where you want to start a diet regimen because it is a short-term solution to weight loss.

About Mary Parsons

Mary Parsons. I have a master's degree in health sciences, a bachelor degree with a certificate in bioethics. I am employed by a large healthcare facility. I enjoy writing and covering various topics in particular health.

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