The Keto diet is one of the most popular weight-loss diets last few years and its popularity continues to rise this year too. But one thing that lesser people know is that it is not all sparkly and rainbows, there are some extreme dangers associated with the keto diet which add up its risks. Unfortunately, these issues are not even related to how the keto diet is not scientifically proven healthy for weight loss or causes other health conditions for example high cholesterol or type 2 diabetes. It is a lot more than that.
Following are four dangers of the keto diet that no one will tell you. Make sure you know all of them before deciding to switch to keto.
It can affect your cognitive abilities
Weight loss is frustrating and everyone knows how dieting makes go you fuzzy. But the problem with the keto diet is that it causes ‘brain fog’ which makes you unable to think or act normally. As it changes the body’s primary source of energy from carbs to fat, it may trick the body to lose weight, but it also affects cognition.
When your carbohydrate intake is limited to 5% or less, the brain deprives you of glucose, and you feel like you can’t think properly.
While it may not be a problem for people who aren’t involved in brainy jobs but if you have exams/interviews coming up, or your job is highly demanding clarity of mind, the keto diet is not the best thing for you.
2. Your body will lose muscle mass
This is one of the most unfamiliar dangers of the keto diet that no one knows. The Keto diet focuses on the limited intake of fat, carb, and protein. If you pay attention, this ratio is weirdly odd and the protein content is extremely low which is insufficient to meet the dietary demands of an adult. It means that your body will lose muscle mass along with weight because you are not taking enough protein. Even if you are doing exercise regularly, your body will still lose muscle mass.
3. You may experience slow metabolism
The Keto diet completely limits carbohydrate content and it also accounts for good carbs too. It means you not be eating enough fiber as well and without these carb-fiber-rich diets, i.e., veggies, beans, fruits, grains, your metabolism will become inactive.
It may also lead to occasional constipation and other health issues including hemorrhoids, irritable bowel movements, abdominal distress, etc. make sure that you are hydrating your body well while following a keto diet and taking healthy carbs for your choice of carb intake in the keto plan.
4. You may experience kidney problems
One of the keto diet dangers includes increased risk of kidney diseases and infections. Everyone knows how keto plays with macros and calories but this same macro can cause kidney tissues in the body. The high-fat diet with animal protein can affect calcium as well as uric acid in the body which can increase the likelihood of having kidney stones.