One of the common myths that I want to dispel is that a high protein low carbs diet will help build muscle.
It's not true.
On the contrary, with a diet like that you won't make any muscle gains.
High Protein Low Carbs to Lose Weight
A high protein low carbs diet is recommended only for short periods of time if you want to lose weight.
That's the only case where I can agree.
Another important fator that you should keep in mind is that carbs are the best fuel for our body, the best source of energy.
If you put diesel in a car that runs with gas it's not going to work.
Our body is the same, it needs carbs to function properly. Carbs are very important!
Protein and Carbs Mix
Someone asked me if it was a good idea to follow a high protein low carbs diet such as: 70/75% of the daily calorie intake comes from proteins....
...no no no...
That is wrong. If you follow a diet like that it's dangerous for your colon and your intestine.
And soon you'll have big troubles when it's time to use the bathroom...
I'd say that the best protein and carbs balance should be (including also fats, don't forget it):
- 40% protein, 40% carbs, 20% fats
- 40% protein, 50% carbs, 10% fats
You can see that carbs should always provide at least the same calorie intake that is provided by proteins, if not more.
Your body needs carbs, they're indispensable.
So my suggestion is, eat your proteins, especially eat your carbs...and stay healthy!