Last Updated on Sep 25, 2014

What are the Disadvantages of Low Carbohydrate Diet?

Low carbohydrate diets do more harm than good to the body. Losing weight is an obsession and needs to be done in a controlled and healthy manner. It might take time but does not put its toll on the body.

Low carb diets have the following harmful effects on the body-

  • Aggravate and/or even cause gout
  • Kidney stones
  • Rise in cholesterol levels
  • Heart ailments
  • Osteoporosis
  • Loss in muscle tissue
  • Poor exercise capacity

Cutting down carbs suddenly and drastically can lead to temporary health problems like-

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness (due to nutitional deficiency)
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation (as the diet is deficient in fiber)

In the long run, following a low carbohydrate diet and eating large amounts of fat and protein from animal sources increases the risk of heart disease and cancer.

Comments

David365 Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Yes, it is true that [except for clever cooks who are good with spices and food combinations], the Atkins (low-carb) diet is very boring. But consider these points: * Those who need to eat a lot can eat lots of very high protein foods with no problem and no hunger! * For most people, no more worries about weight gain, diabetes, or lipid imbalances that can lead to death from circulatory and cardiac illnesses. * More energy, better sleep, and less depression for many, especially when combined with regular meditation and exercise. You decide.

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