What Really Happens To Your Body When You Stop Eating Carbs

You might think Atkins marked the beginning
of the low-carb diet craze… “I found Atkins. I lost 30 pounds, and I did it without starving
myself.” …but carb-cutting goes way back to 1862! An obese undertaker named William Banting,
who was tired of bad hearing, looked for help from an ENT named Dr. Harvey. Harvey told Banting his problem wasn’t in
the ears, but rather, in the fat pressing on his inner ear. He put Banting on a diet of meat, vegetables,
wine and fish only — no starch or sugar, except for the wine. “How’s it going?” “It sucks!” Banting lost weight, and his hearing problem
disappeared. Since then, many low-carb diets were tested
and studied. In most cases, dieters lost weight. But are these diets safe? And what happens to your body when you deprive
it of carbs? Put down those fries, and let’s get to it! Drop it like it’s hot Critics of the low-carb diet say most of the
pounds lost is water weight. But, as former endurance athlete and Olympian
Mark Sisson points out, that might not be such a bad thing. He says, “Retained water can amount to 10,
20 or more pounds depending on how large the person is.” Since diets high in sodium and insulin-promoters,
like refined carbs, force the body to store water inside and in-between cells, when you
cut out carbs, your body gets rid of it, resulting in weight loss. Fitness and nutrition coach Abel James explains
that severely limiting or cutting out carbs completely puts 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. And yes! Low-carb plans also help the body burn fat! Doctor and best-selling author, Lori Shemek
says, “Healthy fat turns on genes involved in fat-burning, while turning off genes that
promote fat storage.” Okay, so when we think of diets, we tend to
think of: “Lay off me, I’m starving” But some experts say that a low-carb diet
actually has the opposite effect. Neurologist David Perlmutter says the tie
between wheat and cravings is like addiction, likening the chemicals in wheat and gluten
to morphine. “This is your brain.” “This is drugs.” This is your brain on drugs, any questions?” If you’re eating proteins, cruciferous vegetables,
berries, and fats, you’re likely to eliminate cravings and feel less hungry. “You’re welcome.” “You’re welcome.” “You’re welcome” “You’re welcome” Getting all science-y Researchers don’t always agree on the impact
of a low-carb diet on your health. PLOS One’s 2014 study concluded that increasing
the intake of refined carbs heightens the body’s production of palmitoleic acid, which
is a biomarker for a host of health issues like high cholesterol and diabetes. However, Emma De Fabiani, Editor at the Department
of Pharmacological Sciences at the University of Milan in Italy, argues that our understanding
of palmitoleic acid is incomplete, and that more study is needed. “Meeeeep!” Other studies, however, have examined the
health impact of a low-carb diet. One found that, in a 24-week ketogenic diet,
the subjects experienced lower total cholesterol with a significant decrease in triglycerides
and an increase in HDL levels. Those findings might mean that a low-carb
diet can help reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. “If I ever did that, I think I’d have a
heart attack-tack-tack-tack” Hitting snooze When you first cut carbs, you may find you
have a lot less energy. Your body stores carbs in the form of glycogen,
which is your brain’s energy source. When your body runs out of glycogen, and the
ketones break free, it takes you some time to adjust. In the meantime, you’ll be draggy, with flu-like
symptoms. Bummer. Dietitian Marie Spano also points out that
even when you’ve adapted to running on ketones instead of glycogen, you still might not have
the endurance you did when you ate carbs. She says, “Fat is a slow source of fuel. The body cannot access it quickly enough to
sustain high-intensity exercise.” Totally fine if you’re sitting at a computer,
not so great if you’re an endurance athlete. “Come on! That’s not running.. Let’s goooooooo!” Need a breath mint? Halitosis much? A lot of people who follow a low-carb diet
report bad breath. Those ketones that are now fueling your body? Yeah, they’re also released through your
breath. Dr. Wayne Aldredge, President of the American
Academy of Periodontology, says that during the first stage of the low-carb diet, as you
lose water weight, you can develop dry mouth. That makes for stinky breath, too. “Hee dee hee dee hee dee hee dee hee” “Ohhhhh!” Even if the dry mouth goes away, the halitosis
caused by the low-carb diet won’t. Dr. Andrew Weil, celebrity doctor and alternative
medicine guru, says the only way to ditch the bad breath is to drink a lot of water…or
to chew parsley. “This is a lot of information to process,
Beast Boy. But aren’t vegetables still just gross,
tasteless, rabbit food?” Back it up Real talk: low-carb diets can, in fact, cause
constipation. You’re not eating grains that contain fiber,
so it’s easy to get a little, um, stopped up. Fiber not only aids in digestion, it also
helps stabilize glucose levels. But if you’re committed to living that low-carb
life, Dr. Deborah Gordon’s got some tips for pepping up a sluggish system. She suggests that adequate hydration, exercise,
and supplements can help get you back on track. She also advises eating fermented greens,
leafy greens, and plenty of garlic and onions to add sulfur to gut bacteria. Already filling up on fiber? Dr. Georgia Ede says low-carb-friendly cruciferous
vegetables, nuts, and full-fat dairy are all constipating foods. Packing on the pounds Low-carb diets help shed weight, but as soon
as you start eating carbs, and your body starts producing glucose again — everything goes
right back to the way it was. The bottom line is, studies show that while
low-carb diets yield results, effectiveness can wane — and by the time a year is up,
most people go back to the way they were. In other studies, sometimes people on low-carb
diets don’t lose any more weight than people on other types of diets. That bread basket’s starting to look pretty
good, isn’t it? “I love bread” You do you There are some obvious benefits to low-carb
diets, but there are risk factors associated with it as well. Before starting any sort of diet, it’s important
to talk to your doctor about what you’re considering, since they’ll have a better idea about how
best to choose one that fits you. Whatever your healthy eating plan, enjoy your
food! Your unstoppable body will thank you. Thanks for watching! Click the List icon to subscribe to our YouTube
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98 Replies to “What Really Happens To Your Body When You Stop Eating Carbs”

  1. you need more carbs than you need fat and protein. Healthy carbs, of course. I recommend a high carb plant based diet.

  2. carbs are energy scource, u cant live whitout them. if ur considering low carb diet, please dont!!! do you research. and go on plant based vegan diet!!

  3. I like how The List presents easy to digest info from RELIABLE studies or people, not just from quack sources or fake news… GOOD JOB!!

  4. Why do people think evolution is so stupid, that we only have one system to fuel ourselves on? We never would have evolved beyond the 1st primates if we all just got weaker and died when the glucose ran out! Nothing would have survived after the first winter. Our brains run on ketones too. Nurse of 15 years here

  5. Don't be afraid of carbs, carbs is our fuel! Stay away from unhealthy fats, sugars, cholestrol and processed foods #govegan

  6. Butter makes your pants fall off. Google it folks, the government, the media and the carbohydrate industrial complex has been lying to us for half a century. Fat, including saturated fat, is GOOD for you. It makes you lean and you can, and should, eat lots of it for the rest of your life.

  7. as a child most of my diet was carbs and I was always underweight, I never understood why people were "avoiding" them

  8. I had done it and it works on me!
    Many of my health problems gradually go away and I feel my self younger than before.
    That's the choice..respect others choices as well! 🙂

  9. i had bariatric surgery…i can only eat no more than 30 grams of carb from vegetables….so yeah not going the carb route anymore

  10. There are many factors in quitting booze including eg motivation and support from family.
    One place I discovered which succeeds in merging these is the Adoette drink plan (check it out on google) definately the no.1 idea i've heard of.
    look at the site and unbelievable testimonials.

  11. Contrary to what this video suggests, I would never discuss my diet with an MD, as they have ZERO education in nutrition, according to the AMA. Diet and nutrition are not covered in medical education beyond showing everybody the FDA's latest food pyramid, plate or whatever the new graph is. I would consult a nutritionist or simply try out various dietary regimes, based on good science and the experience of people I trust. That's why I am not a vegetarian or vegan – tried that for 6 months and became ill. I am on the AutoImmune Protocol, which is an offshoot of Paleo and after 2 years and counting, my health has steadily improved. No grains, legumes, bananas or nuts for me – I discovered my body cannot tolerate them and responds with bloat, pain, insomnia, depression and blood sugar swings. Educate yourself about how your own body responds to various foods and expand on that. Eat unprocessed foods, get some exercise and sufficient rest. Your body will let you know.

  12. Nope. My favourite staples are pasta, rice and occasional potato. I'm willing to cut back sugar but not my carbs.

  13. Low carb gives you bad breath. You know what else gives you bad breath? Being a big fat dead 💀 body. People are so damn superficial. Is this just an American phenomenon?

  14. Done a keto diet for a month, already pretty lean but lost a few pounds overall, got more defined and still increased my weightlifting.
    I did experience some constipation the first 2 weeks or so, but that went away, and my hunger is down alot, so i don't have hunger based on cravings, but on when i actually need to eat.
    I don't see why so many push back on the idea, most low carb diets are success stories because they don't involve starving yourself, and don't impact your mental ability.

  15. I'm not a huge fan of all of these diets. They are tough to stick to and the one time you decide to cheat and don't stick to it, you gain a lot of the weight back. So basically, all of your work goes to waste. I do see a lot of benefit of just cutting your diet (eating less) and moving more. The math of weight loss is simple – generally speaking, less food consumed means less calories in and more calories burned means weight loss.

  16. I'm on a low carb diet. Not a no-carb diet just a low carb diet. It is really working for me. Really flattened my belly. It was really tough at first and you'll feel lethargic but after awhile you normalise and the body breaks down body fat for energy instead of needing a steady intake of carbs. It's been 2 years now and It's always kept me at my optimum weight level.

  17. We shouldn't* deprive ourselves of carbs. We just need to eat less of specific types and we're supposed to be using the energy they provide.

  18. I feel my best on keto and ive gone off several times. I do flax,chia,and green powders for added fiber and micro nutrients. When i dont do it i swell in my ankles,have irritable bowels and bladder pain and frequency.Sooo happy to have found low carb

  19. carbs arent bad for you and are really beneficial especially if youre working out. just stay away from the bad carbs and youll be fine and can lose weight just as fast as a no carb diet or low carb

  20. Most people have the " keto flu" because their sodium/ potassium /magnesium levels are depleted. You only feel ( or SHOULD) only feel sluggish on keto for the first few weeks of it ( when I started keto 6 months ago, I couldn't even lift HALF the weight I'd been lifting before it.) Also, once adapted, you will find that your body can gradually tolerate small increases in carbs while still remaining in ketosis. The constipation – make your own sugar free gummy bears.

  21. Whoever did this video has absolutely no clue. It has grain brain this book in it, but clearly they didn't read it. It's both ironic and moronic. Please read the book in your video before you post your video.

  22. I am a vegan…eating plenty of healthy carbs in the first place and then protein and healthy fats …i never felt so energized and healthy …also iam an athlete so i need carbs so i can use that energy from the carbs for my training…simple as that 😉…and actually as soon as i started eating vegan whole foods i lost weight and my body got so much stronger…i think i found my perfect eating habit 😊

  23. People don't get it it's not the carbs that's making people fat it's the kinds of carbs. The amount of carbs and the mixture of high fat and a high carbohydrate diet. Many people who have carbs in their diet also consume high fat.

  24. Low carb doesn't mean cutting out all carbs. Just the bad carbs like all grains, oatmeal, bread, pasta, pizza, sugar, potato chips etc. Eating vegetable carbs is always a good thing. Unless you are a pro athlete you don't need to eat carbs (like the ones above) ever. Most people never utilize that stored energy. You can body build while in ketosis, you can't necessarily be a powerlifter in ketosis. There's two separate needs to the muscles there.

  25. if nature offers carbs in whole foods like fruits or vegetables, you probably need it. Youtube videos aren't smarter than 4.6 billion years of evolution. Don't go low carb go low processed sugar + calorie deficit instead!

  26. Lot of misinformation in this video and comments. I’m zero carb and I have more energy than I ever did before. I do not have bad breath. In fact zero carb can cause you to have fruity breath which I do. I do not get constipated either. Lots of stuff wrong here.

  27. Just create a healthy calorific deficit you’ll lose weight. Whatever diet you choose to take up is up to you. But regardless of the diet a caloric deficit in the end is what will make you lose weight over time.

  28. I do Low carb Keto for 2 to 3 months at a time and then go to a balance diet for 1 month for this past year. The 1 month of a balanced diet i gain nor lose weight and so far i have done it 3 times. So far i am down 80 pounds from when i started this routine. NOW that i have made it to my desired weight, my target is changing my fat to muscle. I will be low carb but not keto because i plan to eat 50g of carbs a day. Only after i exercise will i eat carbs and i will push myself to limits!!!! Wish me luck for 2018.

    In conclusion: Low Carb/Keto diets work very well. Trust me, it's not JUST water weight lady's and gets… If you simply want to lose weight, stick to low carb for about 2 months and then switch to Keto until you reach the desired weight. Murder water and take fish oil pills while in Keto. Once you reach your desired weight go back to low carb. after a month of Low carb go to a balanced diet. This has been working for me flawlessly and without real effort. PLUS my groceries only come up to 114$ a month on Keto, so it is affordable.

  29. I don’t do diets, I made a lifestyle change. Also, you get plenty of carbs from fruits and vegetables…enough to sustain you just fine. I have lost 25 lbs in 2 months and will never go back to eating bread, pasta, white potatoes, rice, any grains, or sugar (other than what’s in the fruit). There is no need. I don’t weigh my food or count carbs or calories or do the keto thing. I just eat simply; only protein, veggies, fruits, berries, nuts and a little cheese (you can get creative with it). If I’m hungry, I eat. When I’m satisfied, I stop. When you over complicate your food, it gets overwhelming and is always going to be temporary.
    Keep food simple. Workout often.

  30. Meat, fish, eggs, olive oil, butter, green veg & salad + exercise + 3hrs reading + no carbs or sugar = better mental & physical health.

  31. I dropped 50 pounds in like 3 months and gained back a like 10 pounds in muscle 2 months after the weight loss, without any kinda exercise. Testosterone increases at low body fat percentage and that shit makes a huge difference in muscle mass and energy levels. Got some saggy skin now but It can be filled with muscle. Tasty food releases a lot of dopamine so it's pretty hard for the first month or so but you can do it if you get some Heavy cream and Beef or Chicken bullion cubes and you stop being a bitch. Keto is the only diet, everything else is just a product, companies trying to scam you by keeping you addicted till you buy their books and overpriced pre prepped meals.

  32. Just cut rice, pasta and unheathy bread. I just finished week 1 and already lost almost2 kilos. Stay away from suger, it’s poison.

  33. Bullshit, fiber can cause constipation especially if your not use to digesting it. I did keto and got diarrhea till my gallbladder I fully adapted to the fats. There was never constipation

  34. I have been 3 years of keto, the first thing you will see is less poo poo, even you will have one they are hard like marble, now i no longer hflc, now i eat alot starch, if you want to produce the best poo poo only starch will do, even vegetable cant come close

  35. Dr. Eric Berg has an entire YouTube channel with thousands of videos featuring current scientific research talking about keto, intermittent fasting, answering questions that arise, recommending foods and supplements, sharing tons of information. Contrary to the bottom line of this video, that after a year you'll go back to eating carbs (I haven't), and you'll have a lot of problems and fail, get better information and much more support from Dr. Berg. Keto flu, for example: how do you fix that? Do your research first. Get your B vitamins from nutritional yeast and you won't have keto flu. Watch Dr. Berg videos on how to get started on keto with no problems and then go for it! This video also leaves out a vital bit of information: it's not just the carbs you have to quit, it's the SUGAR too. Find out from Dr. Berg the definition of SUGAR and what sugar substitutes you can have. Dr. Berg saved my life.

  36. All these added comic visuals — you're trying too hard to be clever. And that syrupy smile voice. Contrary to what Disney would say, people do not always have to be entertained to remember something.

  37. Carbs are healthy and are our friends. It's meat eaters who stink. Especially those following a keto diet. Think about that for a second. All of that decaying flesh that you are consuming. It's nasty and it makes you smell nasty on the inside and does major damage to your organs. Look up Dr. John McDougall, M.D. or Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, M.D. Both doctors has actually studied nutrition as well as medicine. And they will tell you how damaging a keto diet is to your body!

  38. The fact is whether we like it or not we all eat too much food. The food taste so delicious and delicious food sales really well so not much we can do about that but have good self control.

  39. Grains NORMALLY help balance glucose levels. But,…. BUT!!!… if you are insulin resistant ( DIABETES TYPE II ), that's no longer true AT ALL!!!

    Type II diabetes turns your body into an entirely different animal. One that can no longer be fed certain things that were once beneficial to it!!! You could liken bread to "sea water.' Out on the ocean, the water is full of salt. The actual water will do your dehydrated body a whole wide world of good, but the salt will KILL you long before the water would have saved you!!! On a similar note, the nutritional value of grains ( bread, rice, oatmeal and gravies ) will do a diabetic person's body a whole lot of good. But your body transforms the sugar in your blood stream to insulin. But if your body has lost the ability to take insulin in and transform it into energy ( the body now being resistant to it's own insulin ), the insulin transforms back into SUGAR!!! Sugar is a natural deadly POISON!!! But normally, the body has the ability to transform the sugar into insulin( that's what the pancease does!!! ), and the body normally has the ability to absorb all of it before any harm is done. But if the insulin doesn't get used, it goes right back to being SUGAR!!! Bread is like 5 Snickers candy bars, once that starch gets converted to sugar!!! If your body cannot consume that insulin, !!!! Houston, we are going to have one VERY serious blood-sugar problem!!! The body will have no way to get rid of all that sugar, and the kidneys ( that get rid of toxins through your urine, will be WAY too slow to do you any good!!!! Thus, if you are a diabetic ( type I OR type II ), all grain based foods and starchy foods like potatoes, are like SEA WATER to you!!! The nutritional value of that particular food group is completely irrelevant, as your blood sugar will skyrocket, and you may DIE!!! Just like with sea water.

    BEWARE and be WARNED!!!

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