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Impact of low Carbohydrates & the Effects that Ketosis has…..

The purpose of a Low Carb Diet

Low-carbohydrate diets are essentially very simple. The idea is that by restricting daily carbohydrate intake, cravings for carbohydrates will eventually subside, resulting in a lower amount of food consumption and weight loss. Low-carb diets are meant to be used as general weight loss plans, especially for people who are considered “Carbohydrate Addicts”. These addicts have consistent and uncontrollable cravings for carbohydrates, resulting in carbohydrate binges. I am sure that there are a lot of us that can relate to that.. If we have not had carbohydrates we often crave them!!!(http://www.dietician.com/faddiet.ntml). The majority of low-carb diets are based on the assumption that “obesity and most of its related problems are often (maybe even usually) caused by an insulin problem, not chronic overeating, fat consumption, or refined sugars per se” (http://www.syndicomm.com/lowcarb.html). Therefore, a low-carb diet seeks to curb carbohydrate cravings by lowering overall carbohydrate intake. The philosophy of low-carb diets is that when the cravings have subsided, not only will carbohydrate intake be substantially lower, but food intake in general will decline, resulting in weight loss. There are many low-carb diet plans that are available. But the long term effects are not always what we want!


Will I lose weight on a low carb diet

The web contains countless testimonials from people who have successfully tried low-carb diets. They maintain that they no longer crave cookies and junk, nor do they have carbohydrate binges any longer, Questionable.. The dieters report that once their cravings for carbohydrates had ended, they also experienced a decline in uncontrollable cravings for any particular foods. Significant weight loss is reported, especially for people that remain on the diet for an extended length of time. Besides personal accounts given by dieters, the web also contains several documents published by specialists from health centers. These papers support the fact that a low-carbohydrate diet will result in weight loss. However, although the dieter will probably lose some weight, the changes are “entirely due to changes in water balanceNo other differences in body composition or weight loss are observed” (http://www.med.Stanford.edu/school/DGIM/Teaching/Modules/obesity.html#RTFToC7).Therefore, these diets would not be suitable for long term weight loss because once the dieter resumes their normal eating habits the weight will return very quickly!!!!!!  You need to be in control and have a good relationship with all food groups, as human beings we require the four food groups as part of our diet, Fat, Protein, Minerals and Carbohydrates in order to function in everyday life and especially when you are active…

Side Effects associated with Low Carb Diets

The most reported negative side effect associated with low-carb diets is the “unhealthy metabolic mode called ketosis” (http://homearts.com/depts/health/049afl.htm). Although it is also associated with many other conditions such as diabetes, ketosis can be caused by a deficiency of carbohydrates in the body. Ketosis is a metabolic disorder, characterized by a build up of chemicals known as ketones, which are produced by the body as a by-product of combusting fat (Leung 1995). An increase in the level of ketones in the body results in larger than normal excretion of sodium and water loss. These symptoms produce most of the weight loss that is reported by low-carb dieters. During ketosis, many people tend to feel sluggish and tired and will experience low levels of energy. Other, less severe side effects include constipation, gas, and excess protein in the body. Too much protein is rejected and the body then stores it as fat!!

What is Ketosis?

Ketosis is a state the body may find itself in either as a result of raised blood glucose levels or as a part of low carb dieting.

Low levels of ketosis is perfectly normal. However, high levels of ketosis in the short term can be serious and the long term effects of regular moderate ketosis are only partially known at the moment.

Ketosis is a state the body goes into if it needs to break down body fat for energy, due to the lack of carboydrates in your diet. The state is marked by raised levels of ketones in the blood which can be used by the body as fuel.

Ketones which are not used for fuel are excreted out of the body via the kidneys and the urine putting the kidneys under a lot of pressure.

When does Ketosis Occur?

Ketosis will take place when the body needs energy and there is not sufficient glucose available for the body.(Glucose comes from Carbohydrate foods)

This can typically happen when the body is lacking insulin and blood glucose levels become high.

Other causes can be the result of being on a low carb diet

A low level of carbohydrate will lead to low levels of insulin, and therefore the body will produce ketones which do not rely on insulin to get into and fuel the body’s cells.et.

A further cause of ketosis, is a result of excessive alcohol consumption.    


Is Ketosis Dangerous?

The NHS describes ketosis as a potentially serious condition, whereas a number of popular diets cite ketosis as being an essential part of weight loss.

Ketosis is described as being potentially dangerous as very high level of ketones can make the blood acidic, a state known as ketoacidosis, which can lead to serious illness in a relatively short space of time.

Reference; Diabetes.co.uk


So when you are looking for a diet with a quick fix, a quick fix is not going to allow you to sustain high weight loss for a long period of time plus you are more likely to regain the weight and MORE once you start eating normally again…. You will often find people on and off diets for the rest of their lives… Not when you work with PMA Fitness!!! 😉 “Lose weight, stay fit without a FAD Diet