If you’re currently looking for weight management solutions, you’d definitely have come across the term “ketogenic (or “keto”) diet at one point or another.
Or perhaps you’re currently on a keto diet right now — just like many people are due to it’s rising popularity in the diet world.
Whatever the case, we at Better Body Co. feel it’s important for you to know the darker side of the keto diet— so you can make better informed decisions before you try it out... or simply so you can maximise the results from going on a keto diet.
From what we’ve uncovered — the keto diet can yield some pretty good results when it comes to weight loss…
But it’s definitely not for the faint-hearted.
Keto flu”, strict dietary restrictions, potential gut issues…
These are just some of the drawbacks of the keto diet.
But the good news is:
There is an elegant solution to overcome the unwanted side effects of the keto diet… so you can enjoy a healthier body without the fuss.
We’ll get to that in a minute…
What Is The “Ketogenic” Diet?
The ketogenic (or “keto” for short) diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet which enables the body to produce ketones in the liver to be used as energy.
Typically, "fat" will make up about 70% of the keto diet, protein around 15-25%, and carbs only 5%.
This causes your body to burn fat as an energy source instead of carbs - resulting in positive weight loss.
Medical research have shown the keto diet yieldingnumerous health benefits, compared to other low-fat and high-carb diets, making the keto diet an extremely popular diet for those who are looking to lose weight and have better overall health.
How Does Going Keto Help People Manage Their Weight?
The keto diet basically involves drastically reducing carbohydrate intake and increasing fat intake — which puts the body into a metabolic state known as ketosis.
During this state, the body focuses on breaking down fats — and this process produces ketones (hence, the name ketogenic diet).
Ketones act as little workers to supply energy to both the brain and body.
Now, here’s where it gets interesting:
After a few days or weeks on a keto diet, your body and brain are trained to burn fat for energy, instead of carbs.
In other words, the body transforms into a lean, mean, fat-burning machine.
The best part?
This means people can lose weight without needing to count calories or tracking food intake.
In fact, one medical trial actually shows that women on the keto diet lost 2.2 times more weight and improved cholesterol levels than those on a calorie-restricted low-fat diet.
Another medical study also found that participants on the ketogenic diet lost 3 times more weight than those on the standard diet recommended by Diabetes UK.
It’s no wonder so many people have opted to go on this popular diet!
But Going Keto Is Not All Rainbows & Butterflies…
As with all diets or health regimes, the keto diet has a “darker” side — and it’s definitely not for everyone.
Here are some common "complaints" people shared with us when they went on a keto diet for the first time & from those who are currently going keto:
1. Very Strict Dietary Restrictions
If you want to go on a keto diet, you’d have to say goodbye to popular carb sources like grains, beans, rice, sweets, milk, cereals… and even, potatoes and corn.
To top it all off…
Even seemingly healthy food like fruits are forbidden in the keto diet — due to their inherent fructose content.
Now, the absence of all the food mentioned above in a keto diet… can create unwanted side-effects on the body.
You’re missing out on all the beneficial vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients  that’s present in all of these foods.
This might cause nutrient deficiencies in the long run…
The worst part?
With the lack of fiber in a keto diet, gut health may depreciate over time.
And research indicates a healthy gut may be vital for an iron-clad immune system, clear & youthful skin and healthy digestion.