Low carb diets are everywhere. And it’s not just those of us who go to the gym that’s been on low carb diets but a lot of people outside the fitness community are either limiting their carb intake or trying to eliminate carbs altogether in order to burn fat and lose weight.
I myself are currently on a low carb diet as I’m working hard to get really shredded. And it works. Lowering my carb intake, increasing either training frequency and/or cardio and really looking at my macros have led to me being in my very best shape ever. Low carb works for shredding, no doubt.
So when a new study gets released that states that low carb diets (and high carb diets) can raise the risk of early death.. Well.. You got my attention.
What I found interesting about this study was how it was carried out, which in many ways differs from previous studies that have tried to shed a light on the same subject.
“Essential nutrients should be consumed above a minimal level to avoid deficiency and below a maximal level to avoid toxicity. This approach maintains physiological processes and health (ie, a so-called sweet spot). Although carbohydrates are technically not an essential nutrient (unlike protein and fats), a certain amount is probably required to meet short-term energy demands during physical activity and to maintain fat and protein intakes within their respective sweet spots.”
Without sharing too many details on the contents of the study, I´ll direct you to the study itself over here:
Dietary carbohydrate intake and mortality: a prospective cohort study and meta-analysis.
And a summary of the study on Guardians website here: Both low and high-carb diets can raise risk of early death, study finds
Well worth the time to read!