Diets And Low Carbohydrate, High Protein Diets
Starvation diets (less than 800
calories per day) and skipping meals cause more harm than good.
Starvation diets of 500 calories or less can lead to gallstones.
When you eat too little your body will switch into starvation mode
and store fat rather than use it, slowing your metabolism down.
Starvation diets leave dieters hungry and those on this type of
diet tend to overeat as
well as make unwise decisions. "I didn't eat breakfast or lunch
so I can afford to eat an extra helping of cake."
A person following any type of starvation diet can be left weak,
dizzy, and undernourished. This type of dieting can lead to more
severe starvation diets like Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa.
When the body reaches starvation mode complications occur such as:
Many of these new low carbohydrate
and high protein diets are tricking the body into starvation.
- Electrolyte imbalances causing dehydration,
muscle spasms, and in severe cases cardiac arrest
- Hypokalemia (potassium deficiency) &
- Depression, anxiety, irritability, and anger
"An attempt to improve on the poor success rates found with
dieting has resulted in the development of a very unhealthy approach
to dealing with the hunger drive and losing weight: low-carbohydrate,
high-protein diets. The basic mechanisms of this popular approach
involves suppressing the hunger drive by tricking the body into
making adjustments usually brought on only by disease or starvation."
(The McDougall Plan for Super Health and Life-Long Weight Loss)
Ketosis, which is a process whereby the body burns stored fat for
fuel occurs when carbohydrates are cut completely out of a diet,
is thought to put the body in a state of starvation. The body then
will turn to its own vital organs and rob it of fuel.
A well-balanced, low-fat,
high in complex carbohydrates diet is the best diet approach.
Eat a variety of foods in small portions. Instead of simple carbohydrates
(fructose, and sucrose), eat complex carbohydrates such as: vegetables,
whole grains, beans, and peas. Reduce your fat and alcohol intake.
A well balanced diet and exercise is the safest and ultimately most
effective way to lose weight permanently.
Many people are turning to alternative
therapies for treatment.
One weight loss health tip from
the Prescription for Nutritional Healing is to use one
part pure virgin olive oil and two parts apple cider vinegar to
massage on the body to get rid of fat. "Knead lightly but firmly
over the fat areas at least three times weekly. This treatment is
also good for sore and stiff joints." Also suggested in the
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