Low Carb Diet

Low Carb Diet - Dangerous for Teens

Who would not like to loose weight and look slim? And especially the for the teenage gamut slim look is in vogue. Certainly the low carb diets having fewer calories are in major demand. But it should be noticed that these diets are low on fiber and nutrient supply thus also pose side effects. Aspiring to shed extra lbs, for most of the teenagers, bulimia and anorexia are not as unthinkable as obesity. The perils of the low carb diets are the restricted menu options contrasting to their drastically changing eating habits also, physical, mental and performance retardation symptoms are associated with it.

Short Term Negative Side Effects

In one aspect the teenagers are at a lower risk when starting of a low carb diet. Due to the 'soda culture', the intake of coke or sodas accumulates much lesser caffeine as compared to the adults thriving on tea and caffeinated beverages. Due to this the teenagers do not experience caffeine withdrawal as part of their low carb diet side effects, and thus are less prone to overtiredness, bad breath, inability to concentrate, leg cramps, and in severe cases, dizziness.

A low carb diet also affects the brain. Like the rest of the body, the brain needs fuel to function well, and obviously for teenage students this needs agile functioning. The human body is capable of adapting to changes, be it for good or bad, but for suited functioning it needs proper refueling. Adaptability to the low carb diet means ofttimes overtiredness and hazy thought process.

Carbohydrates cater to the major energy needs of the body. The carbs are first decomposed into sugar and then further broken down for energy. Also other nutrients are equally important for sustenance. The body utilizes this energy for both physical and mental growth and active functioning. As low carb diet is deficient in many of these nutrients, these should be properly substituted for.

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