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Why Low Carb High Protein Diets are Evil

Vegan Vegetarian

As someone who has run the gamut of diets over the years, I am totally against the Atkin’s Diet, and anything that is basically high protein, low carb.

Basically…

  • The body and mind needs glucose in order to function. Glucose comes from carbohydrates, so it makes sense that most of our food should be made up of carbohydrates. And protein and fats should consist of smaller amounts, smaller in ratio to carbs.
  • I have followed the infamous Zone Diet which is low in carbs and high in protein, and after about 6 months on this diet I felt like my metabolism was all screwed up and I felt sick. I’m a drummer and it came to a point in a big performance that I felt I didn’t have the energy and struggled through my gig. I vowed never to go on the Zone Diet again.
  • I’ve found out the hard way that the body needs low fat, low protein, high carb foods in order to thrive. You think Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps will thrive on a high protein diet? No, because in the long term that type of diet simply is not sustainable. We need lots of carbs to keep us going and giving us the energy to perform.
  • I’ve been consistently on a low fat, high carb Vegan Diet for my second year now and I feel great! I feel like I have the energy to do things, which in turn is good for the body to be active, which is a cycle because then the body needs more carbohydrates to function and move.
  • There is a Protein Myth that has been perpetuated by the Meat and Dairy Industry, that we need animal foods in order to survive, but more and more people are getting the top diseases of the more developed, industrialized nations: Heart Disease, Cancer, Stroke and Diabetes.
  • It’s important to keep active and move. A sedentary lifestyle (more than anything) will contribute (along with a Standard American Diet) to disease and dis-ease.

Of course, there are healthy carbs and unhealthy carbs. And carbs with saturated fats and anything that contains too much fat (i.e. deep fried carbs) are unhealthy too.



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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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