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The Risks of Eating Low Carb Diet

# Glucose is the easiest and most convenient source of energy. If your body does not get the energy from the glucose, it will turn to the protein in your diet which can no longer fulfill its usual functions like creating, repairing and maintaining new cells, creating new antibodies or boosting the immune system.

# The other source of energy in your diet is the fats. In the absence of carbs, fats are metabolized in an incomplete fashion producing a group of compounds called ketones. Ketones accumulate in the blood causing ketosis. This leads to a decrease in appetite. Your body thinks that you are living in a famine condition. Hence the appetite is suppressed. However, prolonged accumulation of ketones in the bloodstream can lead to health complications.

# As the body cannot get good energy, nausea and headaches are commonly experienced.

# Carbs are also the richest source of fiber. When you cut out carbs, you are also eliminating fiber from your diet. This leads to constipation.

# Extreme low levels of energy hamper your normal activities. You may not be able to complete even normal chores.

# Most diets which cut down carbs increase the amount of proteins in the diet. This is done so that the body does not break down your muscle mass in search of energy. However, eating too much protein leads to the synthesis of a substance called purines. They may affect the ability of the kidneys to metabolize the protein. It leads to the production of uric acid. Too much uric acid hampers proper kidney function. If uric acid begins to accumulate in the blood, they join together to form needle like crystals which can cause gout.

# As the kidneys are affected and also more and more ketones are produced, possibility of kidney stones increase.

# High protein and low carb can also lead to loss of calcium which affects the bone health of the body.

# Fruits and vegetables often contain simple carbs like fructose. If you cut out all fruits and veggies from your diet in a bid to eliminate carbs your body will also miss out on important vitamins and minerals which can lead to a number of health problems.