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The Benefits Of A High Protein Diet

Updated on September 24, 2016

High protein low carb diets have become popular in the passing years. There is also a lot of controversy around it. Everything has its pros and cons. In this article I will go through some of them and help you to decide if a high protein low carb diet is right for you.


The Pros

Helps Prevent Heart Disease/Lowers Triglycerides

Triglycerides are crafted from glycerol and fatty acids. Triglycerides are the primary materials of fats and oils. It helps allow the bidirectional distribution of blood glucose and fat from the liver. Having too many of these in our blood is a heart risk factor. According to the Journal of American medical association, the levels of triglycerides in our blood can be elevated by carbs, more so from simple sugars such as fructose. By cutting the amount of carbs we intake, we can also cut the level of triglycerides in our blood thus lowering our risk factor for heart disease caused by high levels of triglycerides.

Helps With Type 2 diabetes

Carbs are broken down into simple sugars, usually glucose. These sugars then enter our blood stream and can raise our blood sugar levels. High blood sugar is toxic, to counter this, our body releases insulin. Insulin stores the sugar into our cells so that our body can either store it or use it for energy. According to the American diabetes association, there are people whose bodies are resistant to the insulin; as a result, it makes it tougher for the body to absorb blood sugar in its cells. This is what causes type2 diabetes. By cutting carbs from your diet, you remove the need for your body to create as much insulin. This is because your blood sugar is lowered from the minimized amount of carbs in your diet.

Quick Weight loss

Our body typically uses Carbohydrates as its first source of energy. However when they are cut from our diet, our body goes into a state known as ketosis. Ketosis causes our body to start burning its own fat for fuel. This is because there is now a lack of carbs coming into the body, this cause our body to burn fat for energy, thus lowering our body fat ratio.

The Cons

While the benefits of a high protein low carb diet are numerous, the dangers presented by this diet are also high. High protein low carb diets are believed to be linked to many issues as well such as:

Kidney Issues: Although more research is required on this topic, it is believed by some experts that high protein low carb diets can cause kidney issues.

Seizures: high amounts of protein can lead to seizures if you don't get a sufficient amount of water.

Intestinal irritation: Experts have linked high protein low carb diets to many digestive issues. Some of which include, diarrhea, constipation and excessive gas.

High protein diets can be beneficial, but should also be approached with caution. Some high protein diets can be dangerous as they include unhealthy foods that just happen to be high in protein. Some experts also suggest that this diet should not be done by anyone for more than 6 months.

Sources

https://www.google.bs/search?q=sarcopenia&oq=sarcopenia&aqs=chrome..69i57.76363j0j9&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=207954

http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/14/3/173.short

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