If you are doing or planning on doing a “no carb diet” you could harm your body. With so many diets and fads it is often hard to decipher if the information you are receiving is in the best interest of your health or if it is a marketing ploy to get you to buy health products and programs. No carb diets fall into a category that can indeed cause you to lose weight, but not in a way that is healthy for you.
You NEED carbohydrates to LIVE because they are essential for several life-sustaining functions required by your body. In fact, of all the macronutrients—Carbs, Proteins and Fats—carbohydrates are the one you need the most of; the USDA recommends that 45% – 65% of your calories should come from carbohydrates.
What happens to you when you eliminate carbohydrates from your diet?
- You become lethargic, tired and have reduced energy. Carbohydrates are the body’s main source of fuel, and are the easiest nutrient for your body to utilize as energy. As a result your body is unable to sustain the fun and healthy activities that keep your body in great shape.
- Your body cannot function properly. Without carbohydrates your central nervous system, brain, kidneys and even your heart become adversely affected over time.
- Digestive issues occur. Carbohydrates play a major role in your intestinal health and your body’s ability to eliminate waste.
Moderation is the key to a healthy body; extremes of one kind or another tend to have extreme effects on your body. Completely eliminating carbohydrates or adding in overwhelming amounts of proteins are examples of excessive behaviors that ultimately lead to results that negatively impact your health. That is why you often read the following; it is not just a disclaimer, it is really good advice.
Before starting any fitness, diet or exercise program check with your doctor to find out if that program is truly right for you. Be sure to give your doctor details about the program you are interested in and they are certain to guide you in the right direction.
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