Thursday, January 16, 2014
Facts the Weight Loss Industry Fails to Tell You, Part 1
FACT #1: Huge Side Effects to Low Carb Diets
The fact of the matter is that there are side effects to any diet, not just low carb, but the effects to low carb dieting can be more fatal than others. As with any diet, you should consult your doctor before you take the action of adopting and starting that diet. The problem with low carb diets like the Atkins is that you may have feelings of fogginess in the brain, light headed, body fog, constipation, dehydration, and death.
The feeling of fogginess in the brain and body is caused by the fact that you have lower amounts of carbs in your body. Your body is run primarily from carbohydrates. When you decrease your intake of carbs, your mind may feel like you stare into space, or like your body is in a constant funk that you can't shake. The feeling of being light headed has to do with the intake of carbs as well because lower carbs means lower blood pressure. Lower blood pressure means that it could go too low and then you are stuck with feeling light headed.
Constipation comes into play when you begin to exclude beans, whole grains, legumes, and other foods that contain fiber. Fiber is what pushes your food and stomach matter through your intestines to eventually get rid of it. When you get rid of that, you have blockages in the intestines, or constipation.
Diuretics are common with low carb diets. You may jump for joy when you see that you lost weight when you first weighed yourself while being on the diet. Don't get too excited because it just means that you peed out that weight, not that you burned it off. When you purge the stomach and intestines through diuretics and the like, you lose a lot of weight because water carries more weight than fat does. You get rid of that water and in turn lose weight. It is just the wrong kind of weight.
Death is a side effect that can be caused by any weight loss program or diet. The things to watch out for in low carb diets is dehydration and consuming too low of carbs for your body to function. Dehydration was something huge that I dealt with. I was dieting a while back and I wasn't drinking enough fluids. I was losing weight like crazy, but my blood pressure was DANGEROUSLY low. It was because I was dehydrated. One way to check to see if you are dehydrated is to hold your arm out with the under side up, press your thumb on the underside of your arm firmly, and let go of your thumb after a moment. If your skin color comes back immediately or within a second, then you are hydrated. If it takes a while to come back, then you're dehydrated.
Please take this first fact that the weight loss industry won't tell you to heart. I ask that you share this blog post with your friends that may be in danger of these side effects. Keep going on the weight loss and join us for another fact later on!