Are Low Carb Diets Healthy?
Health and Nutrition of Low Carb Dieting

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Are Low Carb Diets Healthy?

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Some health experts are a little surprised that low-carb diets - which critics forecast would raise cholesterol levels, due to their higher fat content - have so far performed reasonably well in weight loss trials. Even so, most dietitians are adopting a "wait-and-see" approach to low carb diets, until more health data emerges from larger clinical weight loss studies. Furthermore, official dietary advice from cancer organizations remains consistent with the more orthodox lower-fat approach to dieting. Whether a low-carb diet proves more beneficial or a greater risk for cancer, remains to be seen.

A Balanced Diet is a Healthy Diet

Are low carb weight loss plans healthy? It depends on how carb-restrictive it is. Because a healthy diet is basically a balanced diet. So for example, if your low carb diet stops you from eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, chances are you're going to need supplements in order to get sufficient nutrition. And any diet - low-carb or low-fat - which requires you to eat supplements is unlikely to promote long term healthy eating habits.

Short-Term Side Effects of Low Carb Diets
With Daily Carb Intake of 20-30g

According to nutritionists, some of the short-term side effects of a low carb diet (with a recommended daily carb intake of 20-30 grams) include:

Weight Loss
Loss of fluid, caused by burning off stored carbs containing water, leads directly to short-term weight loss. Typically, this levels off after 8-12 weeks. When normal intake of carbs resumes, the weight is usually regained.

A daily carb intake of 20-30g will not permit sufficient fiber from fruits, grains or vegetables. Result? Constipation is a frequent side-effect of low carb dieting.

Dehydration and Dizziness
Excessive fluid loss in the early stage of a low carb diet regime can cause low blood pressure resulting in dizziness and fainting.

When you change from metabolizing carbs to metabolizing fat, as your main source of energy, you start producing ketones which are traceable in your urine. This process of ketosis is perfectly natural, although some diet experts point out that it is not normal to be in ketosis for a prolonged period. In any event, it may result in lack of concentration and light-headedness.

Bad Breath (Halitosis)
A common side-effect of low carb diets is bad breath, caused by excessive ketones in the body.

Carbohydrates, Blood Glucose and Diet Health

For information about carb related diet and health issues, see resources below.

Carbohydrates Definition
Carbohydrates Information
Complex Carbs Guide
Simple Carbs Guide
Starch/Starchy Carbohydrates
Sugars Carbohydrates
Carb Counting Guide
Facts About Carbohydrates
Diabetes, Carbs and Diet

Fiber in Diet
Dietary Fiber
Types of Fiber
Best Sources of Fiber
Benefits of Fiber
Daily Fiber Needs

Nutrition & Carbohydrate
Nutrition in Carbs
Minerals in Carbohydrates
Vitamins in Carbohydrates
Phytochemicals in Carbs

Carbs and Glycemic Index
Digestion of Carbs
Blood Glucose Levels
Glucose into Energy
What is Glycogen?
How is GI Measured?
What Affects Glycemic Value?
Glycemic Index Food Chart
Glycemic Index Food Pyramid
Glycemic Value of a Meal
GI Values in Carbohydrates
GI Value For Beans
GI Value For Bread
GI Value For Cereal
GI Value For Dairy Food
GI Value For Drinks
GI Value For Fruit
GI Value For Meat/Fish
GI Value For Nuts
GI Value For Snacks
GI Value For Starchy Carbs
GI Value For Sugar
GI Value For Vegetables
GI Value For Whole Grains

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Carb-Controlled Diets
Atkins Diet
South Beach Diet
Zone Diet
Low Carb Dieting
Benefits of Low Carb Diets
Low Carb Diets Health Risks
Ketosis - High Ketones in Blood
Gluconeogenesis Guide
Free Low Carb Diet Advice
Low Carb Weight Loss Diet

Diabetes, Insulin, Obesity
Diabetes Information
Hyperglycemia - High Blood Glucose
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Obesity Information
Diabesity, Diabetes and Obesity
Insulin Information
Insulin and Obesity
Types of Insulin
Hyperinsulimia - High Insulin Levels
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