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The keto diet It has become one of the most popular in recent times, which consists of eliminating certain foods such as rice or bread, being careful with fats and carefully measuring the amounts we take to lose weight. However, it is important that the people who decide to carry it out know the risks that you can have in your health after implementing it.
According to the specialized health magazine Healthlinethe decrease in carbohydrates by this type of subsistence allowance calls Keto can cause our body to enter a metabolic state called ketosis due to the exponential increase of ketone bodies in the blood.
“For the body to be well nourished, energy requirements must first be covered, if this is not the case, the body will resort to proteins, but not only those that are ingested in food, but those that are in the muscles” , Raquel Valenzuela Argüelles, nutritionist at the General Directorate of University Sports at UNAM
Long-term, “subsistence allowance as the keto they produce an effect similar to that experienced by a diabetic, who lacks the necessary glucose to carry the cells. Since there are no carbohydrates, there is no glucose either, and this creates an effect on the metabolism called ‘ketosis’, through which the body produces acetone and its derivative compounds”, he detailed.
Side effects of the keto diet on our body
1. Low insulin levels
When having a normal diet, foods with glucose are consumed, insulin rises, but with the keto diet and suffer from ketosis these plummet, explains Steve Hertzler, doctor and expert nutrition scientist. “By having lower insulin levels, it is believed that fatty acids are more easily released from the body’s fatty tissue, allowing them to be more easily converted into fuel,” says the specialist.
2. Having bad breath
You may have to chew gum all day. “Some people may notice changes in their breath odor while on a ketogenic diet,” Hertzler notes. But why does this happen? “The ketone bodies that the liver produces is acetone, which has a very strong odor,” the expert explains. However, many people in nutritional ketosis do not notice any change in the odor of their breath, with the keto diet
3. Suffer from constipation
If you do not have a good intake of fiber and other nutrients, you may suffer from a digestive problem while taking the keto diet. “Those who follow it often name constipation as common, and this is due to low fiber intake,” explains Hertzler. It is best to add high-fiber, low-carb supplements to relieve symptoms and avoid these constipating foods.
4. Feeling dehydrated
Dehydration is a symptom that occurs with keto diet, Among the symptoms are headaches, tiredness, mouth and dry skin. The reason is that the body loses water when it stops consuming glycogen. In addition, ketosis causes you to eliminate more water through the urine, in the same way that when doing sports you will sweat more and dehydration will increase.
The brain’s main fuel is carbohydrates, by depriving the body of them or ingesting them in less quantity than the body needs, certain functions like this will be altered. Thus, one of the consequences of the diet ketogenic or keto It is point memory loss.
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