Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Why No Carb Diets Should Be a No-Go

 Usually when people decide to go on a diet, the first thing they want to eliminate is carbs. This is actually doing them more harm than good, however. If someone is looking to lose a few pounds, decreasing the intake of carbs is not going to have major effects on the body. If a person is looking to lose a significant amount of weight, however, removing carbohydrates from his or her diet will cause tiredness due to depletion in nutrients.

The typical “Carb-Free” diet tends to eliminate foods, such as, grains, flour, and sugar. What people fail to realize is that most carbohydrates come from a plant source via fruits, veggies, nuts, and seeds. These types of foods contain vital nutrients and minerals needed for a healthy metabolism. Completely eliminating carbs from your diet can prove to be detrimental to the human body. It can also cause setbacks in the weight loss process.

Carbohydrates are the first and easiest nutrient to be broken down by the body for energy. When carbs are consumed, they are broken down into glucose and then released into the bloodstream.  After it is released into the bloodstream, some will be used for immediate energy, while the rest of it will be stored as glycogen in the muscles and the liver until needed. The excess carbohydrates will eventually be converted into fat and stored into adipose tissue. So, if carbs are eliminated from a person’s diet, the body must find other ways to gain its energy. These options are usually harder for the body to breakdown and not as easy to utilize.

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