High-protein, low-carbohydrate diets are very common especially with body builders and those who want to lose fat. For some, it is the best way to keep their bodies trim and full of muscles.
Body-building experts suggest eating only protein (and very limited carbohydrates), combined with continued weightlifting can effectively make your muscle grow bigger.
The Zone Diet, Atkins, Sugar Busters and Protein Powers are among the popular high-protein diets. The concept of all of these diets is the extended protein consumption and lessened carbohydrate intake.
A report released by the American Journal of Physiology states that individuals consuming very high amounts of protein can help burn tremendous amount of fats. However, a high-protein diet is not always advisable. It may cause a lot of side effects.
Known Side Effects
Excessive intake of protein, especially animal protein, is not recommended because it promotes nutritional imbalance and deficiency. If your nutrition is not balanced, then your health will be compromised. High-protein diet might be helpful if you want to lose weight, but it might raise your risk of having degenerative diseases, as well.
If you are in a high-protein diet, and your protein contains high levels of animal fats, then you will have a greater chance of developing gout and kidney stones.
It is also more likely for you to have liver problems. High-protein diet could also promote high-blood pressure, and development of fatty tissues around the heart, which may cause heart diseases.
Animal protein can also make you smell bad. This is because of the ketones produced by the proteins. Ketones are accumulated inside the body, which are then released by the body through the sweat and salivary glands. In addition to the foul breath and body fumes, you will experience nausea and dizziness during your initial state of Ketosis.
People who only eat protein tend to develop vitamin deficiencies, such as Beriberi. Since high-protein dieters avoid fruits and vegetables, vitamins and other nutrients that might be present only in this food group will be lacking in their system, hence the vitamin deficiency. Fruits and veggies are the main source of antioxidants like beta carotene, bioflavonoids and Vitamin C. If you cut your intake of antioxidant-rich foods, your body will be exposed to a whole new range of diseases.
Additionally, if you are in a high-protein diet, but do only minimal to no exercise, then your body mass would not develop. Bulking up on muscles does not only involve eating protein, you also need to burn the fat deposits to develop lean body mass. If you do not follow your diet with enough exercise, then chances are, youâ€™ll only end up with a large mass of fat around your body.
Therefore, if you are planning to follow a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet, then you should see to it that you are under a physicianâ€™s supervision.
No matter how much you want to lose weight and gain muscle, it is always a must to put your health first before anything else. If your doctor thinks that a high-protein diet is not the best weight loss method for you, then you should follow his or her advice. There are other available weight loss methods that can be very effective without needing to compromise your health.