Five Things You Need to Know About Low-Carb Dieting
HealthCentral Editorial Team Oct 3, 2012 (updated Sep 28, 2013)
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Eating low carb increases cholesterol
A 25-year Swedish study reveals that over time, reducing animal fat intake decreased blood cholesterol levels, and that a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet increased blood cholesterol levels.
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Naturally occurring carbs are not responsible for obesity epidemic
Many proponents of low-carb dieting suggest that carbohydrate-rich foods are the cause of our nation's obesity problem; however, the Japanese, who enjoy the lowest obesity rates in the world, consume far more carbohydrates than Americans.
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Giving up bread and pasta is not a way to lose weight
Eliminating carbs from your diet will likely result in digestive problems, including constipation, due to the lack of fiber consumption.
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You need carbs to build muscles
Many people are under the assumption that protein is the key ingredient in building muscle. However, low-carb diets tend to make muscles flatter and less dense - you need the carbs to increase your muscle mass.
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Too much protein can cause serious damage
Low-carb diets can cause your body to go into a dangerous metabolic state called ketosis, since your body burns fat instead of glucose for energy. Further, too much protein can put a strain on kidneys, putting you at risk for several kidney-related diseases.