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The Benefits of Low-Carb Dieting

Besides reducing one's waistline, a low-carb diet, such as the South Beach Diet or the Atkins Diet, can also lower "bad" cholesterol (LDL), increase energy levels, and decreased appetite as high fat diets cause a dieter to feel fuller longer.

The high doses of protein in such a diet provide energy in a way that seems more suitable for the sedentary life-style of many Americans. Carbohydrates are good energy sources when long stints of aerobic activity are necessary, but that average American does not take part in enough heart-pumping activity to burn off the carbs, never mind any fats or protein that have been consumed. When carbs are restricted, the human body is forced to break down the more complicated protein and fat molecules for energy, instead of storing them. Therefore, weight loss is inevitable.

With the American population packing pounds well over its recommended healthy weights, low carb-dieting seems to provide a solution to the national obesity epidemic. However, it does have its negative side effects.

The Dangers of Low-Carb Dieting

A common problem with low-carb dieting is the lack of important vitamins and minerals that are often missing from the diet. For example, because breads and starches are not being consumed, many dieters do not receive enough fiber in their daily diets. This can lead to constipation, which is not only uncomfortable, but can also slow weight loss.

One reason that low-carb dieters loose a lot of weight very quickly is due to a depletion of water in the body. A large portion of the initial weight lost is water weight, as carbohydrates contain, and are usually consumed with, water. This means that as soon as the dieter begins to eat carbohydrates again, his/her body will begin to store water almost in excess. The weight will pile itself back on just as fast as it came off. Also increasing the weight loss after low carb-dieting is the dieters sensitivity to carbs. The longer the dieter has been avoiding carbs, the more sensitive his/her body is to carbs, and the more weight they will gain back.

Many low-carb dieters, especially those on the Atkins Diet, are not counting calories. This is extremely dangerous. In order to loose weight, one needs to consume fewer calories than he/she burns during the day. If someone does not count calories while on the Atkins diet and consumes more than is burned, the body will continue to gain weight and store fat. This can be disastrous, especially when the diet is high in fat.

Perhaps the strongest con toward low-carb dieting is the long term dangers of a high-fat diet. It has been well documented for years that a diet high in fat drastically increases the chances of heart disease, cancer, and many other medical conditions.

Before starting or stopping any diet, consult with your doctor first to find what is best for you.

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