Diets that cut out of carbs have been around for a while, but carb shunning has seem to have a comeback, likely due to the popularity of trending diets such as Paleo or Keto. However, as tempting as they may sound, there are some dangerous things that can happen to your body if you cut back too drastically on carbs, and with any change in your health, it's important to make sure you do it cautiously and carefully.
"Our body’s preferred source of fuel is carbohydrate, and it is especially what the brain needs to function," says Kimberly Gomer MS, RD, LDN over email. "When you cut out carbohydrates, you always have a diet high in fat. One can’t live on veggies and fish alone, so heavier, fattier, meats, cheese, nuts, etc. come in which negatively impacts heart health, weight, immune function, and cancer risk."
What type of carbs you eat are crucial. You want to stick to whole, unprocessed carbohydrates including fruit and whole grains, and avoid refined carbohydrates such as white rice and white bread. If you're thinking of completing ditching those carbs, you might want to think again. Here are nine surprising and dangerous things that can happen to your body if you dramatically cut back too much on carbs.