What Should I Consider Before Starting a Keto Diet?
Starting a restrictive diet such as the ketogenic diet can cause some side effects to begin with. For the first couple of weeks, you may notice digestive discomforts such as constipation, diarrhoea or nausea.
You may also notice that you lack energy, feel hungrier, experience poor mental function and struggle to sleep. It may help to take things gradually, by reducing your carb intake slowly for a week or so, before eliminating or severely restricting them.
Following the keto diet long term may also increase your risk of developing a fatty liver, kidney stones, low protein levels (which may cause you to lose muscle mass or make it harder for you to gain muscle) and certain vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Taking a multivitamin supplement can help, as can a ketone supplement.
If you’re feeling unwell or you’re in any doubt, continue your normal diet again, and speak to your doctor or nutritionist.
The keto diet can be significantly beneficial for anyone looking to lose weight or improve their metabolic health to prevent or manage type 2 diabetes. So if it sounds like it could benefit you, give it a try for a month or so and see how it helps!