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What are the disadvantages of a low-carbohydrate diet?

  1. Following a diet is very popular in the Netherlands. For example, the low-carbohydrate diet, or also called Low-carb diet, is one of the best known. Its popularity seems to have started in 1990, following the publication of the book "Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution". This book was written by Dr. Robert Atkins. With low-carbohydrate diets, one tries to reduce the number of carbohydrates that one consumes per day. While following a low-carbohydrate diet, people eat as little potatoes, pasta and bread as possible. These three food products are almost impossible to imagine our daily menus without. It is therefore quite logical that many people still doubt whether they should start on a low-carbohydrate diet. This despite the great popularity of low-carbohydrate diets. To these doubts can be added that low-carbohydrate diets have many disadvantages and are certainly not very healthy.

What is a low-carbohydrate diet?

  1. The idea behind a low-carbohydrate diet is that the number of carbohydrates consumed per day is kept to a minimum. The American Academy of Family Physicians defines a low-carbohydrate diet as follows:

Popular low-carbohydrate diets

  1. Some popular low-carbohydrate diets are:

What is actually the idea behind a low-carbohydrate diet?

  1. The idea behind a low-carbohydrate diet is that carbohydrates are converted into glucose in the body. This glucose is the fuel for the cells of the human body. The pancreas then releases the insulin. This when the glucose is absorbed from the intestines into the bloodstream. As soon as too much insulin is produced, the body cells cannot absorb it and the body switches to storing fat. It is precisely this fat absorption that many people naturally want to prevent. More information about how a low-carbohydrate diet works, can be read in the article: The carbohydrate diet, what is it and does it really work?

Disadvantages of a low-carbohydrate diet

  1. The theory behind a low-carbohydrate diet is based on scientific studies. Low-carbohydrate diets can certainly ensure that people can lose a few to many kilos. However, following a diet that limits carbohydrate intake also has many drawbacks.

Stinky breath

  1. Due to the shortage of carbohydrates, the human body can no longer rely on the carbohydrates and the body will use fat for survival. During this process, waste products are released, the so-called ketones. These ketones have an unpleasant odor. This odor is exhaled by humans and this odor then ensures that people, who follow a low-carbohydrate diet, in many cases have to deal with a bad breath. For more information, see the article Bad and Smelly Breath While Following a Diet.

Reducing risks and health complaints

  1. According to experts, a low-carbohydrate diet reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. In addition, people with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease can do at least three things to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease:

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