The low-carb craze wasn’t much fun while it lasted, and its after-effects now have many people running for Paleo diets as fast as they possibly can. It all began with the late Dr. Richard Atkins’ low-carb diet, which advocated steaks and egg yolks in place of grains and other carbs. And although people did seem to lose weight on the diet, it had a darker underbelly: It often led to heart disease.
Yet that’s just the first of several reasons why the low carb diet might not be right for you. Here are the top 3:
- Your Body Needs Carbs for Energy: And when it doesn’t have carbohydrates to burn for fuel, it can actually resort to burning your muscles, which store glycogen in their tissue. Only when that glycogen runs low will the body begin burning fat—otherwise it preserves fat for protection against starvation. So although inducing a state of fat burning may seem like a fun challenge, it’s one that is highly unnatural, and extremely stressful for the body to maintain.
- Decreased Carbs, Increased Cholesterol: Eliminating carbs usually means upping levels of animal proteins and saturated fats, which quickly raise levels of LDL, the “bad” cholesterol. High LDL can lead to elevated blood pressure, heart disease, and a host of other life-threatening symptoms.
- Complex Carbs Can Be Good For You: Many grains, fruits and vegetables contain phytonutrients, fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and natural sugars that are essential building blocks of human health, digestion, and immunity. Removing these nutritive components not only makes it more difficult for your body to tap into its natural energy reserves, but also less capable of fending off illness and disease.
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