The internal chemistry of human beings varies from one person to the next. Therefore, you should always consider if the diet that you are going to follow would be suitable for you or not.
Before following the Ketogenic Diet, you should also bring into consideration various factors.
You should also keep in mind that the diet’s effectiveness will also vary from one person to the next. A friend of yours might have greatly benefited from a Ketogenic Diet, while you may not! It might sound a little bit counterintuitive, but it is the truth.
Studies have shown that the following categories of people should avoid the Ketogenic
Diet at all costs!
• Pregnant women
• Individuals with liver disease
• Individuals suffering from any gallbladder related disease
• People who are suffering from pancreatic issues should avoid the diet as well
• People with kidney stones should avoid it as well
• People with a BMI of less than 20 should stay away from Keto diets as well as the additional loss of weight might be harmful to them
• People with anorexia are also required to avoid the diet as the psychological fear of gaining weight will eventually force them to avoid eating the proper fat levels altogether. This might eventually lead to some very severe consequences.
Side-Effects Of Keto To Know About
Going through such a drastic change in your diet, your body is bound to experience some physical changes due to the changes in your overall homeostatic functions.
Eventually, the body will start to habituate itself to the type of meals that you are taking in by producing more enzymes to digest those particular types of meals easily.
During the early stage of your diet, some minor side effects that you might experience include:
• Mental Fogginess Aside from those, some symptoms which you should be aware of are:
• Frequent desire to urinate: Since ketosis will cause your body to burn up more fat, the glycogen gets stored up. In this situation, your Kidneys will start to process a lot of water and excrete them, increasing your urination desire.
• Hypoglycaemia: This simply means that your sugar level might lower down
• Constipation: This is yet another side effect experienced by some, which occurs due to dehydration and lower salt presence in the body. But this can very easily be tackled by drinking more water
• Increased Sugar Craving: During the early stage of your diet, you might get a serious sugar craving. To tackle this, simply take some extra protein and Vitamin B Complex. A good and healthy walk works good, as well.
• Diarrheal: This is a common issue faced by some people during the first few days, but it automatically resolves after a few days.
• Sleep problem: This might be a result of the reduced levels of serotonin or insulin.
When the body is in a state of ketosis, it causes plenty of electrolytes to be flushed out from the body, which is why such effects occur. This diuretic effect can be tackled by increasing the level of water consumption during a Ketogenic Diet.
Another piece of advice would be to increase your normal salt intake, which will also help rejuvenate the electrolytes’ levels.
So, keep in mind that if you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, they are pretty normal. There is nothing to be worried about!