Are Low-Carb Diets Safe and Effective?

by Ricardo d Argence

In the past view years people have been doing Low carb diets again since the 70s where it was unpopular. The Atkins and the Zone diets have had the luxury of aggressive marketing and book sales which have kept them popular and in the consumers eye. Is there a way for us to tell if they work and are safe as well?

There are many different versions of low carb diets. It is then considered that all of these versions of the low carb diet have one thing in common, and that is a very strict diminution in the intake of carbohydrates. This particular thing is common among low carb diets and is actually part of what makes them low carb.

The premise of this diets is to eat mostly protein from some sort of animal fat. The body goes into a state of ketosis, which causes it to burn stored fat for fuel instead of the carbohydrates. It sounds to good to be true, just eat protein and burn off the stored fat and not eat the carbohydrates. What could that hurt? Ketosis is a state that is unhealthy for the body, it can cause kidney failure, kidney stones, gout and organ failure.

Most of these kinds of diet largely replace the carbohydrates with fats and proteins. Even though the diet differ in their recommendations, it is very nice to recognize that the low carb diet, as the general rule applies, is synonymous with a high-fat and moderate protein diet. It is then noted that those on such kind of diet must get at least sixty to seventy percent of their regular calorie consumption from fat. The carbohydrates should then make up for less than ten percent, and in some instances, for less than five percent of their daily calorie consumption.

Lastly, on the low carb diet, you are given the opportunity to eat until you are full, as long as you eat only those foods that are allowed for your diet. So to mention, some of the allowed foods for low carb diet include meats, fish, poultry, and cheese, which are then coupled with a limited amount of green vegetables. It is just necessary to stay away from those not allowed foods if you want to have the best results.

So, are low-carb diets, like the Atkins Diet, good for you? In my opinion, low carb diets could be good or bad for you depending on what you eat. Even though lots of dieters take on these diets this way, low carb does not mean “all meat, eggs and cheese, but no fruits or vegetables”.

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