The keto diet, which is short for the ketone diet, is fast becoming one of the most popular diets in the world. The keto diet is a very high-fat, low-carbohydrate, adequate protein, low-calorie diet that in medicinal use is being used primarily to treat epilepsy in epileptic children. The keto diet causes the body to use ketones, a substance that is found in your own fat cells, as fuel instead of glucose. This diet may cause several side effects, including: weight loss, acne, gallstones, kidney stones, bad breath, weakness, constipation, and jaundice among others. The keto diet has been around since the 1970s and is gaining more popularity as people are realizing its benefits. Although it has many benefits, and is safe for everyone, there are certain disadvantages to the keto diet as well.
While on the keto diet, you have to strictly limit your consumption of “cemic” foods such as refined sugars, white flour, and potatoes. Carbohydrates such as breads and pasta are allowed as long as they are eaten in limited quantities and accompanied by other food. As a result of following this diet, you can eat all types of foods that are high in protein, including meats, fish, eggs, poultry, and beans but you should limit your consumption of dairy products, baked goods, and sugar-sweetened foods, as they are high in calories, fat, and carbohydrates.
Although the keto diet can be effective, especially in lowering blood sugar levels, there are some potential side effects that you need to know about. One of the possible side effects is keto dieting and weight gain. Because ketones are produced during ketosis, your body uses ketones for energy, which leads to increased hunger and cravings for starchy carbohydrates. As a result, some people on the keto diet experience significant weight loss. However, weight loss should not be a concern because ketones will soon return back to normal once you stop fasting. If you experience any negative side effects, you must stop fasting immediately and consult a doctor.