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By: Obi Obadike
Obi I am trying to stay lean all year round. What do you think about no-carb diets? Do you believe they are functional for the long term? I’ve implemented it in my diet plan but I am struggling with having energy throughout because of the lack of carbs.
No carb diets are one of the most dangerous diets because you are depriving yourself of nutrients that are important for you to function properly throughout the day. The carbohydrates that you intake in your body are one of the main energy sources for the human body.
It is true that the restriction of carbohydrates will result in losing weight but the positive result depends on how much carbs are restricted. A severely decreased carb intake causes liver and muscle glycogen depletion.
Also carb restriction reduces the body’s ability to concentrate urine, causing a loss of sodium through the urine. These factors cause water loss not fat loss. When you restrict too many carbohydrates the body goes into ketosis which is very dangerous and can have serious health affects on your life.
Ketosis is the high concentration of ketone bodies in the blood and urine this effect disturbs the body’s normal acid-base balance. It is imperative that this balance is maintained to avoid life-threatening consequences. To show you how dangerous no crab diets are here is a list of all the complications that can occur from this
Muscle depletion Fatigue Nausea Decreased endurance and energy in your workouts Diarrhea or constipation Loss of essential minerals through excessive urination Lack of minerals, fiber and antioxidants due to a lack of carbs. Heart disease due to the increased intake of saturated fats Elevated cholesterol and triglycerides Bad breath due the buildup of urea in the blood Kidney Failure Dehydration Electrolyte loss Calcium Depletion Death
For some reason in health and fitness people seem to be fearful of carbs as if it something that will hurt you. As long you don’t over-consume carbs it is something that is beneficial to your body. Carbs are the fuel to your body. Think of a car that has no fuel in it, now how will it run properly without the fuel. This is what carbs is to your body. As I said before your body will not function properly without carbs. The benefits of carbs are restored energy, control of blood glucose and metabolism, decreased blood pressure and lastly prevention of heart disease. The best carb diets are low carb diets which means 40 percent of your nutrients should come from carbs. Those diets are very popular in sustaining weight loss along with a consistent training routine.
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