Low-carbohydrate diets continue to be a contentious subject, but they can be useful in certain applications. A well-designed low-carbohydrate diet can provide all the raw materials the body needs to function optimally; however, if not judiciously planned and implemented, it can wreak havoc on the endocrine and immune systems—and seriously detract from athletic performance. Over the past decade, research has revealed that an improperly designed low-carbohydrate diet can also inflict severe, long-lasting damage upon

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