The Negative Effects of a Ketogenic Diet

The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, low-carbohydrate eating plan that has been widely accepted for its ability to produce the body’s called ketones. These ketones lower the body’s glucose production and put the body into ketosis.

Unfortunately, this diet also has several negative effects that you need to be aware of if you plan on following it. These effects will probably put you off trying this eating plan, but know that you may experience some of them if you adopt it yourself. If you decide to adopt it for your health and well-being, keep reading to know what side effects you can expect from a ketogenic diet.

What Are the Side Effects of a Ketogenic Diet?

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The Negative Effects of a Ketogenic Diet

The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, low-carbohydrate eating plan that has been widely accepted for its ability to produce the body’s called ketones. These ketones lower the body’s glucose production and put the body into ketosis.

Unfortunately, this diet also has several negative effects that you need to be aware of if you plan on following it. These effects will probably put you off trying this eating plan, but know that you may experience some of them if you adopt it yourself. If you decide to adopt it for your health and well-being, keep reading to know what side effects you can expect from a ketogenic diet.

What Are the Side Effects of a Ketogenic Diet?

The side effects of a ketogenic diet are similar to those of any other diet: water retention, headaches, and nausea. If you experience one of these side effects, double-check if you’re not eating the right things. If you’re still experiencing side effects, try eating a different item.

Reduced Blood Glucose Levels

On a ketogenic diet, glucose is the main source of energy. When the body doesn’t have enough glucose to burn, it turns to fat as an energy source. When the body doesn’t have enough fat to burn, it produces high insulin levels to store the extra fat. This means that the body may experience a drop in blood sugar. Low blood sugar is great, but high levels mean that you’re at risk for developing diabetes.

Impaired Digestion

On a ketogenic diet, the body can’t produce digestive enzymes. As a result, you’re likely to develop digestive problems if you adopt this eating plan.

For example, you may end up with digestive cancers (obedience), inflammation in your gut (gut and liver diseases), or digestive problems that don’t respond well to medication (persistent diarrhea and constipation). If you experience these side effects, you should consider adding a bit of fiber to your diet.

Lack of Energy

When the body doesn’t have enough glucose to burn, it looks for other energy sources. This is where the ketones come into the picture. Unfortunately, the body can’t produce them independently and must get them from somewhere.

When the body can’t get enough glucose from food, it turns to fat for energy and produces elevated pressure levels in the body’s tendons and ligaments. People who adopt a ketogenic diet often have a reduced energy level.

Skin Problems

The body forms ketones in the skin, hair, and nails on a ketogenic diet. The excess levels of ketones in the body may cause problems such as acne, dark skin, and nail-heading. If you experience these side effects, try to reduce your animal-based products and dairy intake.

Belly Fat Storage

Because the body burns through calories and fat simultaneously, a ketogenic diet can help you reduce your body fat. However, this comes with a trade-off: increased hunger.

Because the body is seeking more energy, it’ll be more likely to break down stored body fat, which will give you a sense of increased energy. However, dietitians recommend that you avoid eating large meals or snacks just before bedtime.

Summary

The negative effects of a ketogenic diet are similar to those of any other diet: reduction in blood sugar, increased metabolic rate, increased satiety, and increased risk of developing conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.

Despite all these benefits, the ketogenic diet is gaining popularity as an effective way to treat pediatric epilepsy. This is likely because it’s easy to follow and produces few side effects. However, while the diet has a few positive effects, it’s important to note that it has also been proven to have negative side effects. If you decide to try it for yourself, follow the advice above and know what to avoid.

The article was written by: Asad Saimon

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