2015-08-23 / Health

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Protein-heavy diets became wildly popular in recent years, but many nutrition experts advise that men and women on high-protein diets avoid overdoing it when it comes to loading up on protein and reducing intake of carbohydrates. People on high-protein/low-carbohydrate diets may see their metabolisms change into a state of ketosis, which happens when the body goes from burning carbohydrates for fuel to burning its own fat. Burning fat is a goal for many people when they adopt high-protein/ low-carbohydrate diets. When fat is broken down, tiny bits of carbon known as ketones are released into the bloodstream as energy sources. This process produces weight loss by suppressing appetite and increasing the loss of water weight that stems from the increased elimination of fluids through urine that occurs during ketosis. However, a high-protein/ low-carbohydrate diet is not without its disadvantages. According to WebMD, the body produces ammonia as it breaks down protein. The long-term risks of high levels of ammonia in the body are unknown. In addition, men and women on high-protein diets excrete more calcium in their urine than people on more typical diets, and excessive calcium loss may lead to osteoporosis as men and women age. Finally, men and women who avoid carbohydrates may not be eating sufficient amounts of fruits and vegetables, which are great sources of vitamins, fiber and antioxidants.

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