JUL 03, 2018 7:52 AM PDT

Watch Out for These Keto Side Effects

The Keto diet is very popular with people who want to cut carbs and lose weight, but it’s not without its drawbacks. While the diet’s purpose is to keep the body from burning the sugar that is created when carbs are consumed and instead burn fat, it’s not as simple as it sounds. Eating lots of high protein can take a toll on the body. Like many diets, initially, those who follow them will show a weight loss that is mostly water, which can cause dehydration. It can also affect mood. Carbs contain sugars, which is an “upper” for the body. Many of those who start it, initially feel depressed, partially from carb limits and partially because socializing with friends can be difficult with the restrictions on sugar and alcohol. 

When the body enters ketosis and is using its own stores of fat, muscle can also be lost. Immune function can be altered as well, with the well-known “Keto Flu” which isn’t actually contagious or the flu, but can present as a headache, muscle cramps, nausea, and dizziness as the body adjusts to high fat and low carb intake. It also limits fruit and vegetables, which are a healthy part of most nutrition plans. If you want to try “going Keto” give a shot, but keep an eye on your health too. 

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