Dieting causes Dragon Breath
Hello there, Beautiful People!
I'm sure you're all familiar with the Low-Carbohydrate or "Low-Carb" diets. They glorify meat and cheese while severely restricting even healthy carbohydrates like fruit and quinoa. These diets are mainly geared towards people who want rapid weight loss. While low carbohydrate diets usually produce fast weight loss, at first primarily due to water weight, it comes with a host of negative side effects.
The one side effect that I want to point out today is that of bad breath/odor. It's beyond me why someone would accept this side effect just to lose weight, when there are much more pleasurable and non-stinky ways to keep the excess pounds off your belly.
For starters, you can imagine that the breakdown products of animal flesh and dairy inside your body aren't too glamorous. In addition to this, you have the smelly side effects of ketosis.
Breakdown fatty acids = Smelly Ketones
When the body is starved of carbohydrates, it then burns fat, which produces a (smelly) compound called Ketones or Ketone bodies. Thus, when someone undergoes "ketosis", their body burns fatty acids for energy instead of glucose - which, by the way, is our brain's preferred source of fuel. You basically deplete your body of glucose and glycogen stores (carbohydrate stores), then go on to burn fat.
Then, acetone is one of the breakdown products of ketones. It smells like nail polish remover. This sounds super sexy and appealing, doesnt it?
Having said that, the "keto" diet is almost the exact opposite of what I recommend for individuals wanting to optimize their health and manage their weight. As I kindly noted on my home page, adopting a phytonutrient-rich, plant-based diet actually helps you smell better.
There's a much more pleasant way to achieve optimal body composition without having to undergo bad breath. I'm living proof.
Instead of feasting on animal protein and dairy, eat lots of carbohydrates rich in fiber and phytonutrients. You'll have outstanding energy, good breath and maintain a healthy weight.
Until next time...