Sunday, 9 June 2013

The downside of wrong dieting
So you think you can diet? Well. Here's something you SHOULD know!

High-protein, low-carb diet has become a popular method of losing weight. This will make you lose weight, but in a very unhealthy way. 
One of the reasons you lose weight on a high protein/low carbohydrate diet is that when the body is deprived of glucose from carbs, it turns to fat for fuel, thus you lose weight but at the expense of your health. The breakdown products of burning large quantities of body fat for fuel are called ketones. They will begin to accumulate in the body. A build-up of ketones in the body can cause damage to organs such as the liver and the kidneys. The increased ketones affect the body’s balance of acids and alkalines, causing a condition called acidosis.

When the levels of ketones in the body reach dangerous proportions, the dieter finds herself in the same state as a diabetic who has not used any insulin. Unless immediate treatment is applied, he/she can slip into a coma. The increase in the amount of protein consumed from meat and dairy products, raises the levels of uric acid and urea in the blood. These are toxic by-products of protein breakdown and metabolism. The body eliminates this uric acid and urea by pumping lots of water into the kidneys and urinary tract to help it flush out. This leads to a loss of essential minerals from the body, including calcium. The high intake of protein leaches calcium from the bones, leading to osteoporosis. Following this diet will lead to loss of muscle tissue. Metabolizing protein does require a higher amount of water than carbohydrates or fats, so it’s important to consume a lot of water when on a high protein diet. Carbohydrates such as fruit, vegetables, grains and cereals, are the main source of dietary fibre in the diet; eliminating these foods will cause constipation, which in the long-run can lead to diverticulitis and irritable bowel syndrome.  Balanced, low fat diets are the right choice for weight loss!

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