Benefits and Risks of Low-Carb, High-Fat Diets for Athletes


Low-carb and high-fat diets may provide some benefits for athletes and the rest of us.

A low carbohydrate diet is a diet where less than 25% of the caloric intake comes from a carbohydrate source. (Juniper Publishers)

There is some evidence that a low-carbohydrate diet has helped people lose weight more quickly than a low-fat diet and helped them maintain that weight loss.

Thus, low-carb, high-fat diets improve athletic performance, particularly for endurance sports, by teaching the body to burn fat as a primary fuel source.

Low-carb and high-fat diets have positive effects on blood sugar control & insulin sensitivity. This is beneficial for people with type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

Low-carb, high-fat diets increase the risk of developing nutrient deficiencies, particularly for athletes who need higher carbohydrate intake to support their training.

Following a low-carb, high-fat diet for an extended period of time increases the risk of developing health issues like fatty liver disease and kidney problems.

Low-carb, high-fat diets increase the risk of muscle cramps, fatigue, and injury as a result of decreased glycogen stores.

Low-carb, high-fat diets increase the risk of developing kidney problems and fatty liver disease due to the consumption of high amounts of saturated fats and protein.

For individuals with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or a history of heart disease, it is advised to consult a healthcare professional before starting any new diet.

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