The benefits of ketones are obvious and beyond, but getting into ketosis is not all rainbows and unicorns. A lot of risks are heavily dependent on your current lifestyle and health baseline.
Remember, knowledge is power. Becoming aware of the risks is the first step in making appropriate choices and action for your body and your life.
1. Keto Flu
Many people (not everyone!) who start a low carb diet experience what’s called the “keto flu” or the “induction flu” while the body is adapting to burning ketones instead of glucose. The basic symptoms are:
- upset stomach
It’s called the “keto flu” for a reason: you feel sick. We are all different, and some people handle switching over better than others. Nevertheless, there are remedies for keto flu to support the transition. More here.
Triglycerides, sometimes called lipids, are important to life and are the main form of fat in the body. When you think of fat developing and being stored in your hips or belly, you’re thinking of triglycerides.
As soon as you start to eat boatloads of grass-fed butter, peanut butter, almond butter, animal meats, and oils, and if you are NOT very selective in the quality of those fats, it is a definite shortcut to throwing your triglycerides through the roof. High levels of circulating triglycerides mean getting more fat fast and you are inadvertently exposing your body to risks of heart disease, heart attacks and stroke.
Check out the FAT guide here.
If you happen to have a high level of cholesterol, no matter how may healthy fats you’re eating on Keto, these fats may actually come back to bite you if you’re also creating high inflammation from too much exercise, not enough sleep, exposure to toxins and pollutants, or a high-stress lifestyle.
4. Cholesterol Damage
Another typical and also seriously dangerous mistake people often make on a keto diet is to eat a high-fat diet but also have chocolate bars, overdo it on the red wine, or have weekly “cheat days” with pizza, pasta, or sugar-laden ice cream, since our liver cannot properly process cholesterol when it has a glucose molecule attached to it.
The longer cholesterol circulates in your bloodstream, the higher the likelihood that it will dig its way into an endothelial wall and potentially circulate to atherosclerosis or plaque formation.
So on a high-fat diet, you need to ensure your fasted blood glucose levels are staying at around 70-90mg/dL, and your haemoglobin A 1 C (a 3-month “snapshot” of your glucose) is staying below 5.5. Maintaining a stable and low blood glucose levels is as important as keeping your ketones high.
5. Thyroid issues
First of all, there are about 27 million Americans with thyroid dysfunction whether it’s hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, thyroid nodules, thyroid cancer and about 60% of people don’t even know that they have it.
Scientists have known that carbohydrates are necessary for the conversation of inactive thyroid hormone to active thyroid hormones, so an extremely strict low carb diet may actually be limiting this conversion. It means that your low carb/high fat diet should include thyroid supporting foods rich in iodine and selenium.
6. Low carb limbo
I am going to be honest here, going Keto, a perfectly healthy and safe diet can actually be hard and socially “limiting”. Gone any reservation at your favourite local Italian eatery. Travelling with Keto is disruptive. It’s not possible to fly with jars of coconut oil and butter. Speaking from a personal experience, we simply became obsessive with our dietary restrictions to the point that it had started to become exhausting.
Lastly, becoming fully Keto-adapted takes time and efforts.
Low carb limbo is essentially a grey area between keto dieting and a normal carb based diet. Carbs refeeding throws you out of ketosis and can take you a while to get back into it, which ruins the effectiveness of the diet. Eating too much protein will throw you out of ketosis and ruin the effectiveness of the diet. Not eating enough fat stalls your body from producing enough ketones and you are not in ketosis.
Ketones displace glucose only when the body has no source of glucose.
Doesn’t sound too fun anymore, does it?
IF ONLY WE CAN REAP ALL THE BENEFITS OF KETO DIET WITH NONE OF THE CHALLENGES AND RISKS…
For now, ponder a bit further on the information that you just read. Allow me to introduce Exogenous Ketones since I am going to again CHANGE your way of thinking when it comes to Ketones.
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