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      Can the Keto Diet be dangerous?

      One of the most popular diet fads today is the Keto Diet which involves cutting down carbohydrates to 50 grams a day or less. This pushes the body to a state of ketosis where it’s forced to burn fat instead of  sugar for energy.

      The Keto flu

      During the initial stages of following the Keto Diet, some people report feeling sick with symptoms ranging from vomit, gastrointestinal distress to fatigue and lethargy.  However, many say it clears up in a few days. Drink a lot of water and get plenty of sleep.

      Diarrhea

      Some people who try a Keto Diet may get diarrhea. This is because the gall bladder feels overloaded. Some people may not have adequate fiber as they have not replaced the fiber lost from cutting down on carbohydrates with fiber-rich foods.

      May trigger Ketoacidosis

      People with Diabetes need to be careful with the Keto Diet as it can trigger a dangerous condition called ketoacidosis. This happens when the body stored too many ketones which are acids generated as a byproduct of burning fat. The result is that blood becomes too acidic and this can damage the liver, kidneys and brain.

      May increase Heart Disease and diabetes

      Ideally, the Keto Diet should consist of lean protein and lots of vegetables. However, there are many who would load up on fats while on this diet, the result is that the risk for contracting heart disease and diabetes increases.

      Drop in metabolism

      Post the Keto Diet, most would experience a decrease in metabolism especially if they have consumed more of fat than protein. The reason is that the diet would have made one drop weight but at the cost of a lot of muscle. Muscle helps in burning more calories than fat and this gets impacted.

      The conclusion is that look before you leap when it comes to the Keto Diet.

       

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