Living Low Carb: Pros and Cons

For many decades the nutritional specialists cannot come to a definite conclusion whether the low-carb diets have more benefits or disadvantages. They have different opinions concerning the potential of low-carb eating regimens in losing and maintaining weight and certainly produce their theoretical arguments for and against.

In her Living Low-Carb, the award-winning author and the cookbook editor Fran McCullough, doesn’t represent a completely new low-carb diet, she describes the existing ones, comparing them and trying to find the golden mean of living low-carb.

The following points can be considered the main pros of the Living Low-Carb approach:

  1. Quick and effective weight loss. As many dieters and nutritionists have discovered, it is easy to lose weight on the low-carb diet and for some people it is the most desirable and long-expected outcome;
  2. The book is full of motivational suggestions and practical tips for the real-life situations. The author goes beyond the framework of theory and gives nice examples how to eat low-carb at the parties, restaurants or banquets;
  3. Dieting can be really delicious with the tasty and not complicated recipes of the author. The specialty of Fran McCulloughis the creation of savoury and palatable low-carb dishes.
  4. Health benefits: low-carb diet brings substantial improvements to the dieter’s health in form of lowering high blood pressure, levels of bad cholesterol and blood sugar and improving of immune function.

To the main cons can be related the following points:

  1. No guarantee for long-term results. The weight loss is indeed quick but keeping the weight off is a bit more complicated issue. Though the dieters sticking to low-carb diets claim to have lost an excess weight rapidly the diets lack for the data and proofs that ensure weight maintenance. Many dietitians are convinced that the low-carb diets are not working in the long-term because they are highly restrictive. Moreover there are no sufficient scientific explanations and long-term research on the effectiveness and safety of these diets.
  2. Possible damaging effects to the kidneys due to the high amounts of protein. The restriction of carbs presupposes the increase of fat or protein consumption in the dieter’s ration. While on the low-carb diet the dieter should consume about one-half gram of protein for every pound of his or her ideal weight, that is somewhere between 60 and 85 grams. All this protein makes the kidneys work really hard.
  3. Severe restriction of carbs deprives the organism of some essential minerals and vitamins. In fact, complex carbs such as whole grains, most fruits and vegetables provide our body with some necessary nutrients, the lack of which may cause health problems.
  4. The restriction of many favorite foods and lack of food choices which results in difficulty for some people to stay with the diet for long.
  5. The absence of specific diet plan and precise menus. It can be a problem for some dieters who love precision and accuracy in everything and who are used to follow the specific instructions. Besides instead of counting calories the dieter should learn to count carbs.

It is a positive sign that nutritional specialists and dietitians are constantly disputing and leading the debates, producing their argumentations for and against. It is their way to look for new and maybe more suitable solutions. We know that truth is born of arguments. So, let us hope that someday they will find their truth.

Lyudmyla

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