KETO DIET and its negative effects
The keto diet is about managing carbs to stay in ketosis, but it isn't always safe.
The ketogenic diet is getting wild popularity for its positive weight loss effects. However, its potential negative, and even harmful effects are getting less attention. The keto diet is an extreme strategy that can bring on many complications, and you should be aware of them if you're considering trying it out.
You may not have seen or heard of the negative effects this intense low-carb, high-fat diet can have on the human body.
The diet is called "keto" in reference to the ketogenic state your body triggers when it gets essentially no carbs. If you think about keto, that's a pretty dramatic shift to make overnight. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that aside from hastened weight loss, keto can bring with it some significant complications.
With that being said, before you get your customized keto diet plan, make sure you understand how this diet can negatively affect the daily functions of your body.
Keto isn't built to be a long-term plan. This plan eliminates your ability to eat many fruits and vegetables, as many of them contain natural carbs. But that doesn't mean they're not good for you. In fact, they're part of what you should be eating to maintain a balanced diet.
It can trigger "keto flu."
Your body can have an initially negative physical reaction. The dramatic shift from carbs can shock your system - and for some people, that shock comes in the form of the keto flu."The keto flu is a very real side effect as the body transitions to a ketogenic diet" Some side effects include fatigue, dizziness, and insomnia.
It can cause dehydration.
A lot of the initial weight loss from the keto diet is water weight. One of the reasons people on the keto diet see weight loss results so quickly is because most of the initial loss is water weight. That, of course, can result in dehydration if you're not drinking enough water to combat it. The water weight loss is partially due to the kidneys flushing the water retention that can be the result of consuming extra carbs, which is why it "will come back in the form of glycogen stores if and when you start eating carbs again,"
It can cause you to lose muscle.
When you take carbs away from your body's energy fueling system, it begins burning fat as fuel. But if and when it runs out of that, it can also start to steal muscle tissue. "Since your body starts to eat away at muscles as it enters ketosis, your heart, being a muscle, may also be damaged in the process,"
But most of all, it can make you sad/moody
It can make it tough to live a normal life. Keto makes it really hard to live a normal social life. Drinks with friends will propose a challenge. Birthday party? No cake for you. You may just want to enjoy a slice of watermelon on a hot summer's day. Guess what? It has too many carbs.
This tedious tracking of carbs can be exhausting, emotionally, mentally, and physically."Most people who wind up trying a ketogenic diet and then deciding not to continue do so because of the emotional and lifestyle"
Written By Dr. Muhammad Israr