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Carbohydrate Diet – the Pros and Cons

Posted on January 25, 2011 by pmruser

Many people attempt to lose weight. Being overweight can lead to many health risks, such as diabetes, cardio-vascular problems, as well as joint and muscle pain. Many people go on diets just to look better. There are many different ways to lose weight and types of diets people choose.

One diet in particular has become very popular

This diet is called the carbohydrate diet. The carbohydrate diet differs from the most common diet, which is counting the calorie intake in the food you eat. Instead of counting calories, this diet counts the amount of carbohydrates consumed.

Carbohydrates in the body are converted into fat by increasing the amount of insulin

Although insulin in the body is vital, too much insulin causes the body to store fat, which leads to weight gain. Insulin also tricks the brain into thinking the person is still hungry, which leads to over eating. Eating too much obviously leads to weight gain.

The carbohydrate diet consists of certain food groups that contain zero or very little carbohydrates

Going on this type of diet will most likely lower your weight and still allow you to eat the same amount of food you would normally eat which is quite the opposite of calorie counting.

Like almost everything, the carbohydrate diet comes with health risks

The carbohydrate diet consists of eating large amounts of protein foods which can lead to cholesterol issues. The body relies on carbohydrates for overall health and to fuel the body. The carbohydrate diet can cause major fatigue, and can lead to loss of muscle. In extreme case the carbohydrate diet can lead to heart conditions and serious intestinal and digestion issues.

Consult your physician before going on any type of diet.