Pros and Cons to a No Carb Diet
You’ve heard of the no carb diets, there of course are pros and cons to going on a no carb diet. You need to check with your doctor before you decide to go on a diet that is as extreme as a
“no carb” diet plan. Make sure you know the Pro’s and Con’s to a no carb diet before you enter into this.
Pros of a No/Low Carbohydrate Diet
- Effective weight loss – Following a low carbohydrates high protein diet to lose weight can be effective. The body uses the stored glycogen to draw energy.
- Reduced water retention – The initial weight loss is due to the loss of the water weight. The glycogen stored in the body contains water, which is eliminated when the glycogen is used for energy production.
- No limits on fat and protein intake – There is not a lot of restriction on the intake of fat and proteins.
- Cons of a No/Low Carbohydrates Diet
- Not Good Long Term – Reducing the variety of foods that can be consumed, controls the calorie intake and also the quantity of food. After the initial weight loss, continued dietary restrictions lead to boredom and may even weaken your resolve. Result – increased craving for high sugar and fat food.
- Possible Fainting – Depriving the body of the required amounts of carbohydrates can cause a rapid drop in the blood pressure, resulting in dizziness or fainting spells when you stand up quickly.
- Increased risk of heart ailments – Increased intake of high animal proteins, cholesterol and saturated fats raises the level of “bad” cholesterol, homocysteine, and iron stores in the body, increasing the risk of heart problems
- Gout – Increased intake of meat, poultry, eggs, seafood, nuts and seeds, which are high in purines, results in elevated levels of uric acid in the blood leading to gout.
- Osteoporosis – Excess protein intake from animal sources reduces the absorption of calcium, leading to osteoporosis.
- Increased blood pressure with age – A low carbohydrates diet has no restriction on the consumption of salt while reducing the intake of fibre-rich diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and dairy products. All this together causes the blood pressure to rise with advancing age.
Even though going on a low carb diet seems like a good idea let’s look at some options for a low carb diet that isn’t as restrictive. You’ve read the pros and the cons for going on a low/no carb diet. If you are set on this type of diet let’s look at the Zone or the South Beach diet which are both a little less restrictive. These diets focus more on eliminating carbohydrates that impact blood sugar levels on a sudden basis.
The chances of you losing weight quickly with a low or no carb diet is good, make sure you’re going to maintain a diet there after to keep the weight off. You cannot not eat carbs forever; because your body does need them for energy. What you can do is find a diet after doing a low carb or no carb diet that will keep your carbs at a maintainable level and aid in keeping your weight off.