Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Wonders of a Low Carbohydrate Diet

Low carbohydrate diets became all the rage a few years back and oddly they still remain quite popular even after all the publicized controversy. So are low carbohydrate diets really so bad, or is the case against them nothing but hot air?

How Low Carb Diets Work

Our body uses carbohydrates as its main source of fuel. This fuel is used for many functions and is what gives us the energy to perform from day to day. When the body is starved of carbohydrates, it starts to use fat reserves in place of carbohydrates and this is how low carb diets supposedly result in weight loss.

So What Is So Bad With That?

Well when the body starts burning fat instead of carbohydrates it creates a chemical reaction that occurs within the kidneys. This results in a process known as ketosis and can be potentially harmful to the renal function. Low carb diets can also produce other side-effects, and while these are not hazardous to your health, they may make you somewhat unpopular.

Why Low Carb Equals Low Popularity

To be blunt, low carb diets make you stink! Ketosis can result halitosis, or bad breath. You may be thinner but the only time your friends will want to hear about your miracle diet is down the phone. You could knock down a deer from a mile away.

You can also expect a whole lot of gas and not the good kind that fuels your car. The only thing this gas will power is the power to drive away anyone stood within 10 feet of you. Wind energy may be eco-friendly and clean but your wind energy will be neither. Your stomach will feel more bloated than Santa’s Christmas sack and it is not going to contain the kind of present any child would want.

Weight Loss vs. Friend Loss

A low carbohydrate diet may help to reduce weight but part of the enjoyment of losing those extra pounds is being able to impress your friends and family with your new streamlined figure. Sadly, the chances are with your toxic breath, indigestion and atomic flatulence you will not be getting any party invites anytime soon.

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