Low Carb Diets May Be Shortening Your Life

February 15, 2019

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The Keto Diet is very popular and is just one of the family of low-carbohydrate diets that many have had success with people in losing weight. But a growing voice of health professionals say cutting out a food group may have seriously harmful consequences, such as shortening your life span. According to the report, people who derived less than 40% or more than 70% of their daily calories from carbohydrates were more likely to die than people whose diet contain between 40% and 70% carbs. in other words, a balanced diet is the key to overall health. Considering that the keto diet calls for sourcing just around 5 to 10% of your daily calories with carbohydrates, with 70 to 75% of your calories coming from fat and 20% from protein, it certainly falls outside of the ideal limits determined by the study. So do paleo, Atkins, Dukan, and Whole30 diets which force your body tap into its fat stores for energy versus burning carbohydrates. Besides a shorter life, low carb diets can trigger overeating, cause social withdrawal, deprive your body of important nutrients, and lead to disordered eating habits. While keto may help you drop the weight, diets rich in plant-based whole foods such as vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts is the way to keep those pounds off and is associated with healthy aging. It's why many health professionals suggest you embrace the Mediterranean diet, which is basically a balanced diet plan that is easy to stick to in the long run.

SOURCE: Travel + Leisure

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