Here is a guest post by Romayne Warner.
Low Carb Diet. Is it healthy?
Nowadays, going on a diet in order to lose weight has become synonymous with restricting carbohydrate intake. With the enormous popularity of nutritional programs such as the Atkins Diet, more and more people are skipping the bread, rice and pasta and instead loading up on protein in the form of meat and eggs. Sometimes it seems as if few people question the healthfulness of a low carb diet. This is worrying as there is medical evidence that restricting your carb intake can result in some unpleasant side effects and even some serious medical conditions. Here are some reasons the low carb diet may not be as healthy as you think.
Low carb diets can cause emotional stress
It might sound crazy, but it’s true. Restricting your carb intake can cause you to feel more stressed out and more emotionally unstable. Carbs cause your brain to release certain chemicals that help you to combat stress and regulate your emotions. People on low carb diets tend to feel less in control of their emotions, and this leads to a reduced quality of life.
Restricting carbs causes constipation and bloating
One of the well-documented effects of a low carb diet is constipation, which can occur because your body is no longer getting many of the foods it used to. Constipation leads to bloating, which can make you feel as if you’re gaining weight rather than losing weight.
Restricting carb intake can cause cravings
Craving carbs or sugar (especially when you’re feeling low) is a normal part of everyday life, but these cravings can become much more frequent when you’re on a low carb diet. This is due to the fact that your moods become more unstable when your body lacks carbs, and also because not getting enough carbs makes your body automatically start to crave more. You may fall prey to cravings that can lead to binge eating, which can then lead to guilt and weight gain.
Low carb foods may be full of saturated fat and calories
Many people make the mistake of assuming that just because the food they’re eating is low carb, they can eat as much as they want without having to worry about gaining weight or endangering their health. This is dangerously misleading as many low carb foods are full of saturated fats and high in calories. This means such foods should be taken in moderation as they can cause not only weight gain but also other health problems such as diabetes.
Low carb diets can cause nutritional deficiencies
When you deliberately restrict your carb intake, you may also inadvertently end up reducing your intake of many vital vitamins and nutrients. For instance, restricting your carb intake may also cause you to become deficient in fiber. Nutritional deficiencies may be quite serious and can cause unpleasant side effects such as headaches, dizziness and fatigue.
As you can see, low carb diets come with many potential dangers and may not be as healthy as you might think. It is important to do your research before you embark on any such diet and also continue to monitor your health at all times should you decide to restrict your carb intake.
Romayne Warner is a full time self-employed blogging fanatic. Obsessed with finding small ways to save money every day, she enjoys sharing her frugal lifestyle tips and tricks with the world, she regularly writes about healthy living and Health Cover related topics.