Today there are many variations of protein diet, but they are all based on minimizing the number of consumed carbohydrates, which are replaced by proteins. Such a diet provides unlimited consumption of foods high in protein (lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs). A few days after starting the diet instead of carbohydrates in the body start to burn proteins, and as a consequence, the person starts to lose weight, and fast enough.
However, this method of losing weight is not as harmless as it seems. First thing you come to the adherents of the protein diet, a disorder of the gastrointestinal tract. Because the diet is completely lacking in fiber, the intestines are not able to cope with their work. This can cause severe dysbiosis and constipation.
During the protein diet in the body produce excess products of protein breakdown – urate, oxalate, phosphates etc., They create an additional burden on the kidneys, liver and other critical organs. The daily rate of protein with optimal intake of carbohydrates is 1 gram per kilogram of body weight. If protein exceeds this figure, begins the so-called protein toxicity, resulting in serious violations in the activities of internal organs and systems.
Protein diet is the cause of beriberi and a sharp increase in the level of cholesterol in the blood. In addition, this method of weight loss, disrupts the acid-alkaline balance. Over time, the body begins a total oxidation, leading to cell death. Skin, nails and hair are rapidly losing moisture and health. High level of protein in this diet may contribute to leaching calcium from the bones, and this poses a threat of osteoporosis.
According to recent studies such a diet greatly increases the risk of cancer. It turned out that after eating just one protein food in the intestines greatly increases the concentration of metabolic products, causing the development of malignant tumors.
Thus, protein foods must be supplemented with foods containing carbohydrates and fats. Any diet should be strictly to count the amount of consumed proteins, fats and carbohydrates, following the basic rules of a balanced diet.