Everybody thinks that Low-Carb diets are good for health as you loose fat and helps protein to build muscles right…? WRONG! Carbs are in nature for a reason. So the real question for as today is, what the deal with low carb diet and sore muscles?
Can a Low Carb Diet Cause Sore Muscles?
I love swimmng, gym and in general a healthy lifestyle. So I start to cut carbs, so I can build more muscles. As some experts told me at the gym, less carbs or not carbs gives you lean muscles. So far so good. But, when I was younger I had an accident and as a result of the titanium surgical plates and screws that I have on my leg I develop Piriformis syndrome, a condition that piriformis muscle, causes spasms, buttock pain, leg pain, numbness and tingling.
Piriformis muscle is one of the causes of sciatica. In other words, Im sensitive. So after a month of Low-Carb Diet I felt a very strange pain in my left lower back. The pain gotten worse over the next week and was spring to my legs (mostly left) together with spasms and buttock pain, legs pain, numbness and tingling. I went to the doctor and after an exam and some X-Rays the physician told that was only my Piriformis muscle.
Ketosis Muscle Pain:
So, cutting out carbs can lead to fatt loss, but with a risk. Our body stores carbs in the muscles in the form of glycogen, together with fats which are used during exercise for energy. Low-Carb Diets, can cause muscle aches, cramps and pains. Leg cramps are very common when starting a low-carb diet and It is a side effect of loss minerals, (mostly magnesium).
The solution here is to increase the intake of water and salt, take a supplement with magnesium if needed and in the end increase your healthy carbohydrate intake. Don’t forget that moderation is the key for a lean muscle body. Eating too much protein can also seriously harm your kidneys. Balance your diet as your body needs healthy carbohydrates in order to break down the proteins you consume.