What would happen if I cut out carbs?
Most people who are interested in cutting carbs out are doing so to lose weight. Anecdotal and scientific research suggests that it's a pretty good strategy to take to drop some pounds. But carbs are also hiding out in fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, milk, legumes, and plenty else. With that being the case, you can imagine that cutting your carb intake to virtually nothing would be very difficult indeed and there's research suggesting that it's potentially dangerous. Here are some of the things that would happen if you ditched carbs to consume butter, bacon, and bourbon to your heart's content.
If you try a very low-carb diet and notice that all of your pants are loosening almost immediately, someone is going to piss on your parade by telling you that what you've lost is merely water weight.
You'll lose water weight first; the reason you shed water weight first is that carbs hold a lot of water. People tend to forget that food is a main source of water. The other main reason is that when glucose is gone, the body looks for stored forms of it. "This stored form is called glycogen and utilizing or metabolizing it utilizes water." This is why on any low-carb diet, you lose water first, the loss of stored glycogen truly is what is releasing all that water."
The effects of the loss of water weight shouldn't be discounted, though. First of all, the water loss can be significant; five, ten, or even 15 pounds in some cases, What the really noticeable loss does, is motivate people to commit to a program of working out consistently. It's like a preview of the changes that can happen with a dedication to your diet and your workout plan."
Yeah, they can be effective in helping people slim down but they can also give you hellacious breath in the process. The aforementioned ketones that are fueling a keto-adapted person's body are released through your breath and reportedly smell like acetone or rotting fruit. But that's not the only reason people want to hear about your sudden slim down at arm's length. Losing water weight can also mean a persistently dry mouth; a situation that can also result in bad breath.
Severely limiting or cutting out carbs completely will, after a few days, put the body into a state of ketosis. In ketosis, small fragments of carbon called ketones are released into the blood because the body is burning fat instead of carbohydrates.
If and when you get through an often uncomfortable adaptation period, you may still find that you don't have as much gas in the tank when performing any type of physical activity. Provided that you made it into ketogenesis and stayed there, your body will now be running on ketones, a byproduct of busting up fat cells, While on the surface, burning off an unwanted paunch sounds awesome, fat is a slower source of fuel than glucose. That means that the body can't access it quickly enough to sustain high-intensity exercise.