Possible After Effects Of Following The Keto Diet

Weight loss always takes effort. That is why the less effort it takes for people to lose weight via dieting, the better they are perceived. This is one reason why one of the most popular weight loss diets that a lot of people seem to follow nowadays is through the ketogenic diet.

This high-fat, low-carb diet is considered by many to be quite effective in getting the best results in a short period of time when it comes to getting rid of excess weight. But what many may not tell you is that it can come with certain consequences in terms of how the body reacts to it. Here are some of the more common not-so-good experiences associated with following the keto diet.

Metabolism Slows Down

A keto diet can lead to decreased body metabolism. This happens when the body starts burning fat as fuel. This process is more commonly known as ketosis. During this process, one may feel a bit sluggish since the body muscles are more efficient in burning calories rather than fats. Eventually it can increase as the body starts to lose muscle as a result of this.

Loose Bowel Movement

Those who follow a keto diet may experience increased bouts of diarrhea. It may be due to the reduced amount of fiber intake. Fiber is usually available when eating carb-rich foods such as whole grains, bread, and pasta. Another reason for this is when the gallbladder, the organ that produces bile to break down fats, becomes overwhelmed with its increased function.

Impaired Athletic Performance

Many can attest to the benefits of the keto diet in terms of weight loss. But the same cannot be said as beneficial when it comes to  their athletic performance in some ways. A study among cyclists suggests that participants indicated reduced performance in high-intensity cycling and running after four days on a ketogenic diet, compared to participants who spent four days on a high-carb diet. The fuel source the body uses may be a factor into this.