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Dec 2022

Is the keto diet safe? - know the side effects

Posted By Suborna Fermi Posted on Dec 25, 2022

At this present time, we all want a fit and healthy body. And if you are planning to lose weight, you must have heard of the famous keto diet. Yes, ket diet is pretty much popular as it has very beneficial effects for losing weight. But what most of us do not know is that this diet has certain side effects as well.

So, keto diet mainly prefers a diet which is low in carbs but high in protein and fat. After following a low carb diet, our body would go into the ketosis state where your body burns fat for energy. This is when your body starts to lose weight.

However, recent studies have found that this diet may be the reason for a drastic drop in your libido, and you will also experience symptoms of carb withdrawal and the keto flu. Here is a detailed understanding of the side effects of ketogenic diet or keto diet.

  • The keto flu: The starting days of the keto diet can be a little harsh on certain people. As this diet focuses on low carbohydrates, a sudden drop in the carbohydrate intake can cause side effects to some people. Hence, when your body is going into a ketosis state that is when you may feel the symptoms of keto flu. The symptoms may include headache, nausea, tiredness, insomnia, constipation and lightheadedness. Drinking a lot of fluid may help in easing the symptoms. The keto flu is a temporary side effect, some people may feel improvement within a few days.
  • Effect on heart and kidney: In this diet your body runs low in electrolytes, and also drinking a lot of water may increase urination. Decreased levels of sodium, potassium and magnesium may increase your chance to develop kidney stones. Also, low electrolytes can cause irregular heartbeats which can be dangerous.

The keto flu can be a short-term side effect of the keto diet, but the long term effects (of) this diet has on your heart, kidney and nutrition level is horrendous. So, going for this diet might not be a good idea if you have a health condition.