What Are The Side Effects of a Ketogenic Diet?
Weight loss has always been a topic of conversation, no matter what season or reason. It will always be an interesting topic regardless of what age group you belong to. Even though weight loss has been discussed for generations, even the millennials of today have questions.
What diet is best? What diet makes you lose weight the fastest? What diets are healthy? What diets have side effects?
One of the more popular weight loss programs on everyone’s lips currently is the Ketogenic Diet or the Keto Diet. Celebrities have made this diet hit the news even more. The keto diet is not that complicated and is quite straightforward. You have to cut down on your carbs and eat healthy fats and proteins. Experts claim that eating between 20 to 50 grams of carbohydrates a day will help your body get into the state known as ‘ketosis.’
While the keto diet helps people lose weight, questions arise on this diet too. One of the major concerns is, ‘What are the side effects of the keto diet?’
If you want to know the answer to this question, here are a few of the side effects that can be experienced on the keto diet.
A limited carbohydrate diet can be good for you, and if you eat too many of the wrong carbs, it will definitely good for you!
A problem can arise if you cut out too many of the ‘good carbs’ such as fruits and vegetables. These foods contain important nutrients your body needs for healthy body functioning. In your quest to go low on carbohydrates, you can expect to reduce your phytochemicals and other minerals that are important for the efficient functioning of your body.
Make sure this doesn’t happen. Monitor your micronutrients carefully.
You may have heard of the dreaded keto flu. You can expect to be a little weak and irritable when you first go on the keto diet. Others have reported some episodes of vomiting and nausea, which are all part of the side effects of this ‘flu’. Your body is adapting to new processes, such as burning fat instead of sugar, to become energized. This can make you feel weak as your mind and body deal with the transition.
Your body will also have to get rid of the waste products of the ketones, which are produced using your stored fat, so you can expect to relieve your bladder more often. Make sure you keep your fluids up during this diet!
Expect to experience some symptoms that are similar to the flu and that include soreness of the muscles, dizziness, and fatigue.
Changes in Libido
Going on a keto diet can make you lose weight, but along with it, your libido. The loss of libido occurs while in the state of ketosis, and due to hormonal changes. Don’t let this discourage you because you will most likely experience an increase in libido when you have adapted to your new lifestyle.
Not everyone experiences this side effect so don’t let it stop you.
Frequent urination may put your kidneys at risk. It’s not the continual urinating that causes problems, it is due to your body losing some of the most important electrolytes, including potassium, magnesium, and sodium. These are important for the efficient functioning of your kidneys. Again, monitor your micronutrients.
Increased consumption of meat, especially processed meat, can lead to your body becoming too acidic, which can lead to increased levels of uric acid, which means you are at risk of gout.
Increase your water consumption so you avoid developing kidney stones.
Diarrhea and Constipation
These two side effects may not appear serious, so they may not concern you, however, a lack of fiber in your diet can lead to constipation, which can become uncomfortable, and is not good for your bowel health. If you include vegetables full of fiber in your diet it will help overcome this side effect.
The Keto diet is one of the most effective weight loss programs today. However, health experts are sounding the alarm to warn people about the possible side effects. Your body works well when it is being treated right, and that includes a balanced diet, containing necessary vitamins and minerals. So you have to be careful and watch what you eat.
On the flip side, I now have a question for you. What diet is healthier? One that is low on carbs and high on healthy fats and proteins, or a diet high on processed fast foods, processed grains, processed meats, with little or no nutritional content at all? It should be an easy question to answer.