Going on a keto diet? Know the risks

Keto diet- a term that has become ever more popular in this age of social media and fad diets but did you know that keto diet didn’t come with social media? Yes! You read that right! Keto diet is existent since 1920s.

A diet low in carbs and high in fats that promises quick weight loss is known as ketogenic diet or “keto diet” or just “keto”.

While the popularity of this diet plan is rapidly increasing, there are a lot of dangers of doing keto wrong.

#1 May cause keto flu

In this diet plan you are supposed to limit carbohydrates to less than 50 grams per day and the body burns fat instead of sugar. As your body breaks ketones, you might feel flu like symptoms such as dizziness, fatigue, nausea and constipation.

#2 May affect your kidney

Kidney stones are also some of the major dangers of doing keto wrong as this diet plan includes high fat animal foods, such as eggs, meat and cheese. If you eat high animal protein, then you might experience acidic urine as chemicals and uric levels are increased. If you have an underlying kidney disease, ensure that your doctor gives you green signal for keto diet plan.

#3 May cause gastrointestinal issues

When you go on a keto diet, you are supposed to cut down carbs level to just 50 grams (even less) in a day. With decrease in whole grains and fibrous fruits or vegetables, you might experience gastrointestinal issues like diarrhea. Since you would be eating high number of dairy products and artificial sweeteners, so this can also lead to an upset stomach.

#4 May cause nutrient deficiencies

Since you will be cutting a majority of nutrient dense food groups altogether, you might experience vitamins and minerals deficiency. Note that a diet rich in healthy carbohydrates such as avocados, nuts, and non-starchy vegetables are considered more healthy than processed animal proteins and keto supplements.

#5 May increase risk of chronic diseases

One of the major dangers of doing keto wrong way is that you will be eating more of trans fats, saturated fats, artificial sugar and processed foods to get your high fat content. These ingredients will increase your bad cholesterol level and lower good cholesterol as well. This can further lead to chronic heart diseases. While vegetable based low carb diets can do good for the cholesterol levels, an animal based low carb diets may increase your risks of heart attacks.

If you are thinking about going on a ketogenic diet, then it always best to check it with your doctor before making such a major change in your overall diet plan.