Fad diets have painted carbs a no-no. First it was Atkins, now Paleo. Although these diets may be designed for an intense short-term fat burn, they aren’t healthful in the long-run. But what about carbs? Are they as bad as these diets claim? In fact, there is a big difference between good and bad carbs White bread, semolina pasta and white rice are nothing more than empty calories. But with whole grains our body gets the fiber and fuel it needs to stay healthy. Moreover, a total lack can have consequences. A diet with no carbohydrates will eventually raise your ketones level. Ketosis is the release of these compounds through the breath, which may result in breath that is, shall we say, less than aromatic. But this bad breath situation won’t go away with an increase in oral hygiene. No matter how much you brush and floss, it’s coming from inside your body not from the mouth itself. You can’t affect it.
Another problem is your workout. When a person’s diet is sans carbs the body looks elsewhere for nutrients. Usually, it ends up stripping the muscles. In fact, most dietitians say you should refuel with carbs after an intense workout. Carbohydrates are broken down into glucose or sugar and used as the body’s energy source. If the brain receives insufficient energy it may not work as well. A small study conducted in 2008 found that women on low-carb diets scored worse on memory tests. When they resumed eating carbs, their scores rose. Those who eat low-carb diets long-term often get cranky. According to U.S. News & World Report this may be because elements in carbohydrates may be essential to the manufacture of serotonin, the neurotransmitter which gives us a sense of satisfaction and wellbeing. Lastly, a lack of dietary fiber from carbs may lead to constipation. Adding more fibrous vegetables to the diet can help.