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  • on 07.04.2012
  • at 06:44 PM
  • by Jessy Troy

Low Carb Diet: Great for Weight Loss, Bad for Romance!

Apr7

Ever wondered why milk, cheese, and meat products are bad breath offenders? Well, for starters they all come from rich protein sources found in low carb diets. Foods that produce bad breath are caused by sulfur compounds created in the body and released out the mouth or pores of the skin.

Happily, the cause can be easily remedied. None of us want to be faced with the choice of losing weight or losing the chance of attracting the right person in our lives.

That’s why you should take a closer look at what a low carb (carbohydrate) diet program does to your body chemistry, changing the pheromones that nature intended to attract the opposite sex.

Low Carb Diets’ Link to Unpleasant Odors

A low carb diet restricts the amount of bread, pasta, legumes and fruits you can eat, and replaces them with high proteins as the main food source. The infamous Atkins Diet is known for its high protein, low carbs, and successful short-term weight loss. The Atkins Diet flips the natural order of eating upon its head. Instead, dense proteins such as dairy, poultry, beef, and seafood are eaten at every meal.  Although the diet allows you to burn calories faster each day by as much as 80-100 calories, it is at a social cost.

When fats and protein form major portions of a meal with only a small selection of water based vegetables, namely: celery, watercress, and iceberg lettuce, your body is forced to convert fat for fuel, rather than carbs. As fat is metabolized, ketones are produced and build up in the body. Most are excreted in the urine while the rest are eliminated through the pores of the skin and mouth, often with a pungent odor.

This interferes with any romantic overtures hoped for from the opposite sex.

Pheromones: Link to Mating

Pheromones are chemical molecules produced by humans (and animals) to stimulate, for the most part, sexual attraction to the opposite sex.

We tend to forget the emotional impact certain foods have in the way we develop instant attraction or dislike for someone; and this response has much to do with unconscious aroma cues guiding us along the choices we make every day. The chemistry of food and its effect on the brain is the reason why chocolate for example, is a widely known aphrodisiac; garlic a known deterrent. The sense of smell is part of nature’s secret weapon, working with the brain to evoke powerful, instinctive emotions.

Undoubtedly smell affects human behavior; now, imagine your diet giving off the wrong chemical signals, changing the way nature designed it to function.

Reaching a Compromise with your Diet Plan

If your low carb diet is working for you—don’t give it up—compromise! It is too difficult to find a diet that produces results, only to quit because of its interference with your love life.  Be smart about how you approach your diet by making small changes.

  • Try switching to another popular low carb diet, such as the South Beach diet, which gives more allowance for carbohydrates, and is better balanced
  • Stay hydrated, drink 8 to 12 glasses (8 ounces) of water daily
  • Take care of mouth odors by flossing, brushing, and gargling

In the end, a more realistic long-term way of losing weight is through a diet program that incorporates a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts, fiber, and protein with less coming from animal sources. And don’t forget to count calories; it’s the most basic way of knowing whether you had too much food for the day.

Karen SC Ashley is a freelance writer and health enthusiast who simply enjoys presenting thought-provoking, motivational topics for readers’ pleasure. To learn more, visit her at: Wellness Sultana or About.me page.

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