It seems like every time I turn around I see someone in my news feed who decides to try the Ketosis aka the Keto diet. Every time I see it I just cringe. I just don’t think it is safe.
Let’s take a look at some of the side effects of the Keto diet and then see how you feel about it.
1. Frequent Urination
2. Dizziness and Drowsiness
3. Low Blood Sugar
4. Cravings for Sugar
7. Muscle Cramps
9. Tiredness or Lack of motivation
11. Brain Fog or Confusion
13. Trouble Sleeping
14. Smelly Breath
15. Heart Palpitations
Who shouldn’t do Keto? Well in my opinion everyone, but these are at particular high risk:
• Pregnant and Breast feeding women
• History of gall stones
• Gallbladder removed,
• Kidney issues,
• Low blood pressure issues,
• Diabetics on insulin
Let me be crystal clear… this is a diet that should be monitored closely by a physician.
Let me repeat that… doctor, doctor, doctor… must have a doctor say ‘Yes you are a great candidate for Keto’ after he does blood work and discusses it with you. You should also be in the small number of medical conditions that it is considered to be beneficial. Then you should discuss a plan and set up a bunch of follow up appointments. If your doc says, yes go for it with no blood work or follow up appointments, find a different doctor.
Urine testing is a requirement. Why? Because we’re seeing some nasty things crop up. People that lose the weight gain it back with friends. Low blood sugar or blood pressure can cause serious health issues. Some of them permanent and in rare cases death.
We’ve even seen some people without those issues have permanent damage from it. If you want to lose weight with a more healthy approach… try the Paleo diet and skip Keto. If both are too intense, try South Beach. I even have the diet that I use and recommend: gin’s diet
Please folks for long term health avoid Keto. I get that a lot of people are pushing it. I do not know anyone personally that has had success with it that has kept the weight off. I do know people personally that have done it and had severe issues because of it. One almost died. So to be blunt… if you aren’t a doctor, don’t recommend it.
I also get that some doctors are pushing it. All the ones I’ve seen that are – doing it for profit. They are all selling some product. The specialist I see who is highly successful and even published… absolutely doesn’t recommend Keto. She recommends Paleo or Gluten free. Plus, you don’t see the Mayo Clinic recommending Keto. So to be absolutely blunt… if you see a doctor recommending it and they are selling a product to facilitate it then think ‘profit over people’.
Hope this helps debunk some of the hype.