Last month we discussed fad diets. This month we want to pay particular
attention to a diet that has swept the nation and is currently all the
rage: the high-protein/low carbohydrate diet. Why are untold thousands
of people on this diet? Quite simply, because it works. People do lose
weight. But the question remains: at what cost?
The ingesting of high levels of animal fat increases cholesterol and lipid levels in the blood. This can lead to an increase risk of heart disease. The limiting of carbohydrates reduces the amount of fiber in the system. This usually causes constipation, which means all this fat and cholesterol is not flushed out of the body in a timely fashion. What’s more, important anti-oxidants are contained in fibrous complex carbohydrates. By cutting out certain vegetables and fruits, they are also eliminated. These anti-oxidants play a critical role in combating certain cancers, most specifically breast and colon.
Saturated fat aside, a protein-rich diet is stressful to the kidneys. This is particularly serious when the individual is older. Overtaxing these organs may lead to kidney stones and kidney failure. Along similar lines, large quantities of protein increase the production of bile acids, which may result in gall stones.
Losing unwanted weight is not a bad thing. However, sometimes the end does not justify the means. Be smart. Investigate the long-term consequences of a new diet before deciding it’s right for you. Make sure your weight loss today will not lead to serious health problems tomorrow.
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