While low-carb diets have increased in popularity over the past several years, they’re not necessarily the right choice for athletes and active individuals. In fact, there are very few populations — people with neurological disorders (e.g., Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s), sedentary people, and those who are metabolically dysregulated (e.g., diabetes) — in which some research supports a lower-carb diet.
Here’s an article from Precision Nutrition titled, Carb Controversy: Why Low-Carb Diets Have Got It All Wrong. Highlights from the article include:
- Eating an appropriate amount of carbs can help you look, feel, and perform better.
- Most of us require some level of carbohydrates to function at our best over the long-term.
- Healthy thyroid function requires adequate energy and carb intake.
- Research shows that lowering carb intake can adversely affect your muscle mass even if protein remained constant — insulin is crucial for building muscle.
- The big “secret” might be a high-protein diet rather than a low-carb diet.
- There’s a difference between processed, refined carbs and whole-grain (minimally processed), high-fiber carbs.
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