Five Things You Need to Know About Low-Carb Dieting

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.