The Downsides Of The Keto Diet

Weight loss programs like the ketogenic diet have recently become quite popular among those who wish to shed off excess pounds. It is generally a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet. The diet’s appealing factor is because it offers quick results while allowing people to continue eating foods that other diet programs would otherwise not allow. But despite the benefits, going into a keto diet may not always be a good idea. Here are some of the common disadvantages of keto diet that you should know about.

Effects Of Disrupted Eating

Any diet that restricts the consumption of certain food groups are more likely to cause rebound eating in people. In the case of the keto diet, the restriction of carbohydrates can gradually make this food group all the more tempting. The restriction causes a psychological as well as a physical reaction that make carbohydrates all the more desirable to eat. This can lead to increased chances of rebound eating the longer a person follows a keto diet.

Effects On Muscle Mass

Unlike what others may think, the keto diet is not considered as a high-protein plan. Those who follow it try to cut down on both carbohydrates and protein to lose weight. A protein deficit can wreak havoc to your muscles. And when you follow a low carbohydrate diet, your body starts to convert protein into energy.  With the protein deficit, the body starts to source it from other tissues like your muscles. Over time, this can lead to reduced muscle mass, which tends to make you feel weaker.

Effects On Hydration

A keto diet can lead to dehydration as the body starts to burn protein for energy instead of carbs. The process can lead to increased nitrogen levels. The free floating nitrogen in the body can be quite toxic. So the body tries to flush it out through frequent urination. The water loss as a result can also be the reason why people who follow a keto diet experience a quick weight loss.

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