High-fat, low-carb diets are bad for bones

pork ribs

High-fat, low-carb diets, like the Ketogenic Diet, are problematic since they can increase bad cholesterol, cause dehydration and digestive issues, and increase the risk of cancers and diseases due to the diet’s restrictions (2). These types of diets are bad for the bones too. High-fat diets decrease bone density because they slightly increase blood acidity, which speeds the breakdown of bone (1).

Any diet that you can stick to, that reduces the amount of calories you have been eating, will work for weight loss. You don’t have to go on a Ketogenic diet, or a vegan diet to lose extra body fat. What’s good and bad, is that having extra body fat, in the realm of 18-30%, increases bone density (1). In contrast, being very lean “…promotes fractures and bone loss” (1). That’s not an excuse to avoid losing excess weight, but it certainly drives home the point that high-fat diets and being skinny have detrimental health effects that just aren’t worth the risks.

Photo: fatty, grilled pork ribs (try to avoid these!)

Sources:

(1) Source: Hatfield PhD., Frederic. Fitness: the Complete Guide. Carpinteria: International Sports Sciences Association. 9th ed., 2018. Print. Pg. 55.

(2) Risher, Brittany. “10 Things to Know Before Trying the Ketogenic Diet.” Blog Post Type. My Fitness Pal Blog. Received Aug. 12, 2018.

 

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