When it comes to trendy diets, there are few more popular than the infamous Keto Diet. The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet that was first used as a treatment for children with epilepsy, but has since made its way to the mainstream with the help of social media.
Make no mistake, this diet can be very dangerous if abused, its design effectively mimics starvation through the limiting of carbs which, in turn, cause the body to enter the metabolic state known as ketosis.
So what’s so dangerous about it?
Firstly, let’s look at what happens to the body’s Cholesterol Levels…
Since the Keto diet stipulates an increase in fat consumption, it’s no surprise that food such as bacon, butter, meat and cheese are on the menu for some people. All of these foods are high in saturated fats which if consumed in excess can be key triggers to the increase of unhealthy cholesterol.
Elevated cholesterol levels are one of the risk factors for heart disease, strokes, and peripheral artery disease.
Another danger that can arise from the misuse of the Keto Diet is the development of vitamin and mineral deficiencies. This can occur due to the “low-carb” nature of the diet, where entire food groups can be instantly eliminated.
These food groups can typically include, whole grains, beans and a great number of fruits and vegetables. Depending on which version of the Keto Diet you adopt, that’s a lot of nutrients you could potentially be missing out on.
Letting daily nutrient deficiencies go on for too long can result in many symptoms, ranging from fatigue and mouth sores, to brittle bones, amenorrhea, infertility, to negative effects on exercise performance and your mental health.
Other side effects?
In addition to a few key dangers that can come with the a keto diet, there are also some notable side-effects.
Let’s start with the most unappealing first: bad breath.
Consistent bad breath has been reported by a large percentage of keto dieters, and with so many people jumping on the diet, bad breath might be more common than ever! The reason for this occurrence is the build-up of ketones in the breath as the body burns fat. As carbohydrates aren’t available as an energy source, the body starts to use protiens and fats as fuel, often resulting in a breath problem.
Another side-effect you may experience on a Keto diet is “brain fog”.
Even if you haven’t heard the term before, I’m sure you can imaging the sensation – getting up to do something then forgetting and sitting back down again in a state of confusion? Something along those lines.
This side effect typically occurs in the first week of starting a Keto diet and is caused by the body (brain) suddenly being cut from its normal consumption of carbs, resulting in your body struggling to find an applicable energy source.
During this week you’ll likely feel unmotivated, lethargic and unfocused while your body scrounges around your fats and proteins looking for a source of energy.
Other side effects that may accompany bad breath and brain fog on a Keto diet are: sugar cravings, dizziness, nausea, difficulty getting to sleep, mood swings and an irritable stomach to name a few.
We know we have been all doom and gloom on Keto BUT there is no denying that it can be effective for weight loss, we just want to make sure people don’t just dive in headfirst and end up causing themselves harm.
Instead, contact us so we can work out a sustainable plan that will achieve you results without cutting out carbs. Do you really want to commit to never enjoying carbs when you don’t have to?