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.
After your body breaks down the high fat foods from the Keto diet, it turns them into ketone bodies, compounds such as acetone and acetoacetic acid. Your body will naturally try and balance itself and the excess ketones will eventually be exhaled causing smelly breath. While this is not a dangerous side effect, it is a negative.
Cholesterol is found in the fats in your blood. Having high cholesterol can increase your risk of heart disease. The Keto diet emphasis on high-fat foods, like protein and dairy, could lead to high cholesterol when over eaten.
Having a healthy normal menstrual cycle is a sign that your body is functioning properly. Periods also provide the female body with hormones that keep them healthy. Women who lose weight rapidly on the Keto diet may notice irregular cycles which could lead to depression and anxiety.
I’m sorry to tell you, but the Keto diet has been linked to diarrhea and constipation. Not being able to eat foods filled with fiber like fruit, grains and beans causes constipation. On the other hand, the high-fat foods you are allowed to eat like dairy, meat and oils sometimes causes diarrhea.
Many people have said that they felt lethargic when they began the Keto diet. Your body needs time to adjust to the loss of carbs. Feeling sluggish and tired the first few weeks of a new diet isn’t a good way to start a life style change. It may lead to discouragement and over eating.