Risks Of High Protein Diets
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Risks Of High Protein Diets

What are the risks of high protein diets ?

Some of the most popular diets for quick weight-loss are high protein diets with low carbohydrates.

These diets are specific, as the largest number of calories come from protein- rich foods in protein such as red meat , fish , eggs , poultry and cheeses , while carbohydrate-rich foods are avoided or consumed in small measure .

Although the American Heart Association and the National Association for the Education of cholesterol do not recommend implementing this diets, they are still one of the most popular, probably because of the rapid weight loss.

Some of the most popular new high protein diets are : the Atkins diet , the South Beach diet and the Dukan diet .

How does it work

The goal of most new high protein diets is to induce a state of "positive ketosis " which results in intense fat burning as a source of energy. For this reason, this diet is also called a ketogenic diet .

More specifically, the ketogenic diet is a special diet that is based on the state of ketosis, in which the body enters after a certain time eating, mostly proteins and fats. When the body enters into a state of ketosis, instead of sugar primary source of energy becomes fat .

This occurs when the body gets a certain period of very small amounts of carbohydrates. Once you start a diet, your body goes through several changes. After about 48 hours of starting this diet, the body starts to use ketones in order to burn more efficiently the energy stored in fat cells.

In other words, the primary source of energy are not carbohydrates ( glucose), but fats and fatty acids. Therefore, during ketosis it is not a problem to eat foods with higher amounts of fat.

In ketogenic diet it is very important to eat small amounts of carbohydrates. Mostly your diet will consits of cheese, eggs, meat and fish .

This kind of diet, however, can have adverse health effects. Many individuals who kept diet excessively rich in animal protein, often have elevated cholesterol, osteoporosis or high triglycerides.

Risks of high protein diet

The most common problems and complications associated with high-protein diet are :

renal failure

Consuming too much protein burden on the kidneys, which can afect the health of people who already have problems with kidneys.

high cholesterol

It is well -known association of high protein diets (eating red meat) with high cholesterol .

osteoporosis and kidney stones

High protein diet promotes increased calcium excretion through the urine ( more than in those with a balanced diet ), which over a long period increases the risk of osteoporosis and kidney stones .

carcinoma

High-protein diet does not cause cancer, but it limits intake of fruits , vegetables , grains , and consequently of vitamins, minerals , enzymes , fiber and antioxidants , which are the biggest fighters against various forms of cancer.

Experts in nutrition and weight loss considered that those diets have more risks than benefits, and that their attraction consists mainly of promises of quick weight loss. High dietary theories are not scientifically validated .

In most cases people will prefer to choose a fast diet than change their eating habits and lifestyle. In this way, after losing, weight may return, because of returning to old eating habits that cause excessive body weight, which is contrary to the recommendations on healthy weight loss. Losing weight should result in a decrease in the percentage of body fat, and the goal of reducing the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer, not just weight loss due to look good.


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Shoaib  

Information we can all use. Thanks for sharing

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  about 5 years ago

Hey Marko, I've been interested in the high protein diets for some time, mostly trying to understand how they affect your body. You did an excellent job of explaining these issues. One reason why the high protein diet is so alluring to overweight people is because it delivers on the promise of causing you to lose at least 10-12 pounds of body weight in one week. This is irresistible to people who have struggled with their weight for a long time. What you are not told though, is that high protein consumption causes a dramatic and immediate loss of excess water retention. That's mostly how you lose 10-12 pounds in seven days. Then it slows down to one to two pounds per week. But this is without considering the dangers to a person's health that you discuss in your article. Marko, you continue to deliver on your promise to provide quality, interesting and helpful content for your readers and followers. Well done!

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  about 5 years ago

Hi Juan, I must admit that I was also dieting with high protein intake.. That was back in the days when I was younger, and started to exercise (bodybuilding), when i thought that there are no limitations about protein intake. I just wanted to have bigger muscles, and to be bigger and stronger, so I was eating 6 - 7 meals high in protein.. two or three meals where protein shakes, an the rest chicken breasts and steak. The good thing was that I also eat lots of quality carbohydrates...brown rice, oats, potato's, lots of vegetables ect.. but did not realize that so much protein is to much for my body especial for my kidneys ! I know that I got little of topic here, (because high protein diets that we are talking here about -- are low in carbohydrates and fats), but I just wont to say here, if some young bodybuilder is reading these article --- proteins are necessary for muscle growth. Don't get scared of the title here. Sometimes it is ok to decrease the intake of the proteins to 3 - 4 grams of proteins per 2,2 pounds of body weight (IF YOU ARE ADVANCED BODY BUILDER) but them you have to cycle that. Increase the first week protein intake 0,5 grams, than the next week another 0,5 grams...ect. but the cycle should not last longer than 3 to MAX 4 weeks. After that you protein intake should be MAX 1,5 to 2 grams per 2,2 pounds of body weight. Of course quality carbohydrates and fats are also super important ! Sorry that I got of topic Juan! And tank you for your comment because you mention one of the most important things here and that is losing water with high protein diets! HOPE that people gonna read the comments and see that, because losing to much water is newer good ! ! Thank you Juan !

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  about 5 years ago
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