The ketogenic diet, a method to lose weight that I have tried in the past (I’m talking about it here ) and which consists in eliminating carbohydrates to eat more fat, in order to push the body to greater lipolysis, would have some side effects.
Well, more than a few side effects.
Previous studies had already pointed out in the past that following a ketogenic diet led to:
- an increase in stress hormones ,
- a reduction in thyroid hormones (especially T3),
- a drop in libido in men and women,
- a reduction in testosterone in men and a reduction in progesterone in women (resulting in menstrual problems).
- Plus, you wouldn’t lose any more body fat. Nor would the metabolism rise.
Not to mention one last study, last but not least given the amount of data analyzed, which reveals how reducing carbohydrates to a minimum can lead to a reduction in life expectancy.
But apparently, the ketogenic diet does not fall short in terms of popularity . Used by many stars, it is often at the center of media interest because many people use it to lose weight.
From the Sylicon Valley kids who associate it with intermittent fasting to the overweight employees who are put on a diet by the supermarket chain they work for, people everywhere are told that this diet works wonders.
Except in the bathroom, though.
Among the side effects of the ketogenic diet, intestinal problems are also included in the package . Constipation, for example, for many, but others experience colic, which is the result of both excess fat being eliminated from the intestine, and excess sweeteners, and low-carbohydrate dieters use and abuse in order to create sweets.
Mind you: a ketogenic diet, or in general low-carb, does not create harmful effects for the first few weeks.
Intestinal problems yes, it only takes a few days, but otherwise it is harmless if used for a limited period of time.
One month, maximum six weeks, then lower fat by 10/15 grams per week, and increase carbohydrates by 20/25 grams per week.