Eating low-carb diet can help you lose weight.
Your body breaks down carbohydrates to generate energy. Following a low-carb diet restricts the amount of carbohydrates you ingest, causing your body to use fats and proteins as sources of metabolic energy. This favors weight loss and a drop in the levels of bad cholesterol in your body. Seek your physician's advice before ingesting low-carb diets, however, because they can have negative impacts on your health, reports Mayoclinic.com.
Overview of Low-Carb Diets
When you consume high amounts of carbohydrates, your body stores the excess in your tissues as fat, which may cause obesity. To make up for the low carbohydrate levels, you tend to consume more proteins and fats. A plant-based, low-carb diet reduces your overall health risk, while one that encourages intake of animal products can increase your exposure to chronic diseases such as cancer, warns Dr. Frank B. Hu, a professor of nutrition at Harvard Medical School, in "US News Health."
Consumption of low-carb diets limits your intake of fiber-containing foods -- veggies, whole grains and fruits, explains the University of Maryland Medical Center resource website. Deficiency of fiber in your body hinders optimal functioning of the gastrointestinal system, leading to related health conditions such as nausea, diarrhea and constipation. Eating a low-carb diet may cause ketosis -- a condition in which your body cannot completely metabolize fat. Ketosis leads to kidney stones, gout, headaches and bad breath, says Mayoclinic.com. Doctor Arne Astrup, a Danish obesity expert, notes that you may experience skin rashes and muscle cramps if you take a low-carb diet for prolonged durations.
More research is needful to determine the long-term effects of low-carb diets. Choose your low-carb diet cautiously, remembering that low-carb does not necessarily mean low in calories. If you desire to lose weight, consume fewer calories than your body needs, and combine suitable low-carb diets with a good exercise plan, notes the University of Maryland Medical Center.
The Positive Effects
Low-carb diets may also benefit your health. They can make you feel full for longer, so you don't overeat, and they can help you avert the buildup of fat, which is the form in which your body stores surplus carbohydrates. Also, your body breaks down stored fats to generate energy, leading to weight loss. Consuming a low-carb diet that promotes intake of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats reduces levels of harmful cholesterol in your body and lowers blood pressure and the risk of cardiovascular ailments.