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Keto Diet Negatives: Dizziness, Low Energy & Malaise

The most common complaint about the Keto diet is fatigue, dizziness, and malaise.  Here's why.  When you consume carbs, your body produces both glucose and insulin, which work together to give someone more energy. When taking on this low-carb diet, you are putting your body in a natural process known as ketosis, which makes your body produce ketones to further break down the fats within the liver. The goal of this diet is to force your body into a metabolic state, which is caused by the low amount of carbohydrates. But, the keto diet also involves eating a lot of protein, in a short period of time.

Some experts are worried about the high amount of protein that’s being consumed. Many users reported feeling dizzy or lightheaded due to the lack of carbs as compared to what their bodies were used to before. While in some cases the Keto diet can cut down on fat in a relatively short amount of time, it could have negative long-term impacts on users because of its emphasis on protein, and because it’s simply not feasible. 20 carbs a day – the prescribed amount – is less than what’s in an apple.

This is where the Keto diet becomes unhealthy:

  • Most of the weight lost is water weight: The keto diet doesn't only make you lose the weight, but it can also make you loss muscle mass and feel fatigued. So, this isn't necessarily a diet you should do if you are trying to gain more muscle.
  • It's used more often with serious illnesses: Sometimes the Keto diet is used for much more serious illnesses like type 2 diabetes and certain cancers. The weight loss and and reduced carbs does help diabetes patients, as it improves their sensitivity towards insulin. However, for cancer patients, this diet has been used for certain circumstances like to shrink their tumors. It is not recommended for patients who have kidney and liver issues, and it can cause damage to the hearts as well.