It is obvious to assume that weird sounding diets like the blood type or lemonade diet are fad diets, but did you know that even popular ones like low-carb diet can be damaging to your body? Expert dietitian and sports nutritionist, Deepshikha Agarwal suggests low carbohydrate diets can be replaced by a medium carbohydrates one if you wish to see better results. Here’s how a low-carb diet harms your body.
Shortens lifespan: A low-carb and high protein diet can lead to poor cardiometabolic health and reduce your lifespan, according to an Australian study. According to the researchers, a diet that is moderate in good quality protein, low in fat and high in carbohydrates is the best combination for longevity and metabolic health.
Makes you dumb: Rice and dal are memory boosting foods. Soly James, Chief Dietitian at Raheja Hospital Mumbai says that ‘Our brain solely functions on glucose, which is the end product of carbohydrate metabolism’. Depriving the body of carbohydrates means less availability of glucose for the brain and therefore poor concentration and memory.
Does not aid weightloss: A study published in the journal Cell Metabolism states that opting for a low-carb diet does not really aid weight loss but restricting intake of fats does. Not including fibre in your diet leads to a rise in cravings or hunger pangs in short durations post meals. This way you end up snacking or eating more and sabotage your weight loss goals.
Digestion problems: Reduction in intake of carbohydrates means less intake of fibre, which is extremely essential for good digestive health. The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition suggests that carbohydrate foods that are low in sugars but rich in dietary fibres must be consumed everyday to aid digestion and prevent other diseases too.
Bad for the heart: According to a research conducted in Sweden for over 25 years, a low carb is like a fad diet and increases cholesterol level which in turn impacts your heart health.