This Is What Happens to Your Body When You Stop Eating Carbs

Low-carb diets have been lauded as effective weight loss diets for years, but this year we have seen a huge surge in popularity for diets that restrict carbohydrates. We've all heard of the Whole30 and ketogenic diet. According to a recent survey by the International Food Information Council Foundation, consumers rank sugar and carbs as the top reasons for weight gain—the highest ranking since 2011. So why then are stories emerging that low-carbohydrate diets are unsafe and should be avoided?

Research by professor Maciej Banac of the Medical University of Lodz, Poland, found that "people who consumed a low carbohydrate diet were at greater risk of premature death" with an increased risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, and cancer. More research from a separate study found in Reader's Digest revealed that "low-carb dieters—people who got less than 40% of their daily calories from carbs—had a higher mortality risk during the study than did moderate carb consumers (whose diets are 50 to 55 percent carbs) and people who went carb crazy (more than 70 percent)."

So what actually happens to your body when you stop eating carbs? Keep reading to find out.