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Keto Diet

In the sea of thousands of diet and fasting techniques, one of the most popular one is Ketogenic Diet or Keto diet. You probably have already heard of this word before, but let’s take a deeper look at this diet.

This particular diet follows a low-carb, high-fat technique. There are considerable numbers of people who live by this diet form and believe that it does give results. While it is true that Keto diet is definitely great for losing weight, there are also some complications that come with it. But first, let’s understand how Ketogenic diet actually works and what it does to our body.

WHAT DOES IT DO?

Keto diet involves drastically reducing the intake of carbs and replacing it with fat. This sudden reduction of carbs will put the body into a state called as “Ketosis”. When this process takes place, your body would burn start burning fat rather than sugar for energy.

WHY YOU SHOULD RECONSIDER FOLLWING KETO DIET

While it may seem tempting to be able to shed those extra pounds in no time, you need to think again. There is absolutely no short cut to losing weight! You HAVE to exercise and follow a balanced diet regularly in order to lose weight in a healthy way. Keto diet as a general weight loss plan is rather controversial and many doctors suggest people to go back to regular diet.

 

  • Keto flu

Yes! There is something called as a Keto flu! Many people sometimes complain that when the body starts to go into ketosis stage, they feel sick. Some say they feel nausea, some get vomiting and other gastrointestinal distresses.  While this usually passes with time, some people complain for it to have lasted longer than expected.

  • Reduced athletic performance

When body starts to burn fat, it has an effect on your athletic performance too. You may find yourself getting tired more often and in general notice that you are not able to do the tasks as easily as you would on normal diet.

  • Ketoacidosis

If you are type 1 or type 2 diabetic, then you must not follow a Keto diet without a doctor’s permission.  This is because for the people with diabetes, ketosis can trigger a very dangerous condition called Ketoacidosis. This typically when body stores too many Ketones (Acids produces as a by-product of burning fat) your blood becomes very acidic. This can damage the liver, kidneys and brain.

  • Weight Regain

Because ketogenic diet is so restrictive on so many foods, you would not possibly be able to follow it for lifetime. At some point you may start eating normal again. This is when the problem begins. Your body gets accustomed to not getting carbs, and hence when you start eating carbs again, your body will suddenly start using sugar to burn fat. This sudden change will make you regain all the weight you have lost. In some cases, people gain more weight than before.

  • Decreased Metabolism

While you think you are losing a lot of fat, you may also end up losing a lot of muscle along the process.  And because your muscles more calories than fat, it will affect your metabolism. When you stop keto diet and get back to the original weight, you will notice that it muscle and fat are not in the same proportion as before. This is because you would have gained more fat and lost a considerable amount of muscle.