A recent study suggests you may die from prolonged use of a low-carb diet. To be precise, you’ll have a greater chance of dying with a low-carb diet.
Now I’m not a fan of low-carb.
I don’t believe in eliminating any food groups when you diet. Because I just don’t think it’s healthy.
But I know a lot of people swear by low-carb diets.
So Exactly What Did These Researchers Find?
Well, according to a study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers from the University of Athens in Greece analyzed the diets of almost 23,000 Greek adults.
Using questionnaires, the researchers looked at how much protein and carbohydrates the participants ate versus their rates of death.
Over a 10-year period, people who ate low-carb, high-protein diets were more likely to die — by about 22%. They suffered more cardiovascular and cancer deaths.
Now the researchers didn’t say their results applied to short-term use of a low-carb diet. They were talking about long-term diet habits.
So How Do You View The Results Of This Study?
For the people who’ve heard of the study, there seems to be something of a fight to the death.
Many low-carb dieters don’t want to hear anything negative about their weight loss choice. Especially if it’s working for them.
On the other side, the low-carb critics can latch onto this study as another reason that low-carb is inadvisable, if not downright dangerous.
I don’t know if the conclusions drawn by the researchers are valid or not.
But Here’s My Question:
If you’re obese and you want to use a low-carb diet over a long period of time, does the risk of dying from the low-carb diet outweigh (no pun intended) the risk of dying from the unhealthy effects of obesity?
As far as I know, no one’s studied that.
But what if low-carb is the diet that fits your lifestyle and personality? Do you think it’s worth the risk?
Or do you think this study is flawed?
If You’re On Low-Carb, Would This Study Make You Switch Diets?
I don’t know how many low-carb dieters read this blog. But if you’re out there, give me your opinion.
Even if you’re not a low-carb dieter, let me know what you think.
What If Your Diet Had Been The One Implicated In This Study?
Suppose you’re obese and on a diet that’s working for you. You’ve tried just about everything else with no success. Then a study comes out saying you have a greater risk of dying if you continue with your diet.
Would you stay on it or would you switch to a supposedly safer diet?