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Seven Strong Arguments for Dropping High Protein, Low Carb Diets

By HealthLife Contributor
Updated: January 05, 2009
There is no denying the fact that obesity is a problem in this country. Take a look down any street, in any office, in classrooms at school and you will see just how big of an issue weight is. This is part of the reason as to why there are so many diets on the market. It seems that everyone that has ever lost weight thinks they should write and book and promote a product or certain eating strategy. Many of those diets boost eating high protein and low carbohydrates is the best way to loose weight and get healthy. Here are seven arguments as to why you should drop that high protein, low carb diet.

1. Many high protein, low carb diets increase your fat consumption and decrease the nutritionally packed foods that you body needs.

On a long term basis this form of eating will rob your body of essential minerals and vitamins that your body needs for proper functioning.

2. There is no documentation showing that high protein low carb diets deliver the promise of sustained weight loss. While they provide quick weight loss, they have not been shown to help people long term. It is important that you realize that most of the weight you loose initially is water weight, not fat, and the longer you are on the diet the more muscle you will loose.
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3. High protein low carb diets are rich in animal products that have not only protein but a lot of saturated fat. Eating large amounts of these foods over time has been shown to increase your risk of several cancers, diabetes, stroke and coronary heart disease.

4. As Americans we already eat more protein then our bodies need. This is especially dangerous for people that have any kidney or lover problems. Eating even more protein may worsen their ailment.

5. High protein low carb diets cause muscle loss and fatigue. The body needs glycogen to fuel the body. These diets force the body fluids out as it eliminates your consumption of carbohydrates causing a loss in glycogen and muscle deterioration.

6. Progression of diabetes and diabetic renal disease is also caused by the high protein low carb diets. Your liver and kidneys have to work over time to rid the body of the excess nitrogen that is being produced due to the high amounts of proteins.

7. Weaker bones result form high protein low carb diets. Harvard did an 18 year long study of over 110,000 nurses who ate a high protein diet, those that consumed large amounts of animal protein were shown to have weaker bones then nurses that did not eat a high protein diet.

Loosing water weight, destroying your heart, liver and kidneys as well as weakening your bones should be reasons enough for you to not want to continue your high protein low carb diet. There are healthy alternatives that will not only work at the beginning but will help you loose weight and maintain your lower weight for the rest of your life. Be healthy and fit, check out for your healthy options to being fit or life.
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