By now, most of you have probably already heard of the Ketogenic diet, also known as the “Keto diet.” While it may have recently emerged in popularity, the Keto diet has been around since the 1920’s. Though, the people in the ’20s weren’t using it to lose the pounds. No, it was created to treat children with epilepsy. Still, that won’t stop so-called dieting gurus from using it to sell books and weight-loss programs. This extremely low-carb diet mainly focuses on high-fat foods. Similar to the Atkins diet, the Keto diet might help a person lose weight by putting their body into a metabolic state called ketosis. But is it safe? Here are 16 Keto diet dangers you need to know about.
Sticking to a diet is hard. Sticking to a diet that doesn’t allow carbs is even harder. Research shows that more than half the people who tried the Keto diet gave up within the first week. On top of that, people are more likely gain back more weight than they originally lost.
Servere mood swings
People who tried the Keto diet complained about mood swings. Trying to fight cravings and being hungry even after you finished your meal is aggravating. The Keto diet may cause low blood sugar which triggers the brain to panic, leading to depression and anxiety.
Ketoacidosis occurs when ketosis is over-done. Once ketosis gets built up in the blood stream it can become acidic which then may lead to a coma or death.
Decrease in sodium intake
Sodium is good for our bodies. It helps our muscles contract and helps to regulate our fluids. While on the Keto diet, some participants struggled to get enough sodium in their systems. This resulted in leg cramping, low energy, and a foggy brain.
The actual flu
Part of having a healthy immune system is eating a healthy diet. Foods that are rich in omega-3 fats, like fruit and whole grains, sadly, are not part of the Keto diet. This leaves your immune system at risk. It also causes a disruption with your body’s good and bad bacteria.