You’ve heard of the keto diet: chances are a friend, coworker, or even you yourself has been recommending it to everyone who’ll listen. Keto—short for ketogenic diet—calls for a very low-carbohydrate, high-fat eating pattern to change the way food fuels our actions, and was originally developed as a treatment for recurring seizures. While many are attracted by the potential weight-loss results, the side effects are troublesome.
According to researchers from the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, serious keto-enthusiasts experience a host of discomforts known as the as the ‘keto flu.’ Symptoms include physical and mental fatigue, headaches, irritability, constipation, nausea, vomiting, insomnia and bad breath. Moreover, there’s very limited data on the long-term effects – positive or negative – of following the diet.
Still, keto isn’t all bad. It does generally result in weight loss while improving cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels. LSU researchers say the diet could be beneficial to those who need a starting point for their health-management efforts— if they can tolerate the side-effects.
Implementing certain components of the keto diet—like consuming fewer carbs—might be something to try, but use caution to avoid coming down with the ‘keto flu.’
If you want to learn more about the “keto flu”, read the full original article here.More From: Louisiana State University
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