Move over Paleo, there is a new popular diet fad in town, one that’s much higher in fat, lower in protein and has virtually no carbs.
Ketogenic diet was first designed with the intention of treating epilepsy in children but the trend quickly caught on with the rest of the world once famous celebrities like Venessa Hudgens and Kim Kardashian started promoting it for fat loss.
The diet solely relies on the process of ketosis which is when your body completely depletes its glycogen stores and has to convert the stored fat into ketones which can then be used up as an energy source. Ketosis may theoretically sound appealing but the process can have some nasty side effects like bad breath that doesn’t go away even when you brush your teeth a dozen times.
However, if you’re trying out the keto diet then the bad breath could be considered a welcoming sign which shows that the diet is actually doing what it’s meant to do. If you really want to be sure that your low-carb diet is melting away excess fat in your body, look out for these clear signs of ketosis.
Probably the most prominent sign you’ll notice when you go into ketosis is that your breath starts stinking more than usual – and the smell lingers even after you brush your teeth. It is an undesirable but a crucial part of the process which signals that your liver has already started breaking down fat into ketones as energy fuel.
One of the byproducts of this fat-breakdown process is acetone – an ingredient that is commonly found in nail polish remover – which needs to expelled from your body through your breath. A little bit of acetone in your body can give your breath a slightly fruity smell whereas too much of it can be very unpleasant for those around you. So, when someone complains about your breath while you’re on ketosis, think of it as a sign that your diet is working.
Low Energy Levels
When you suddenly cut out all the carbs from your diet, you throw your body in a state of confusion where it doesn’t what source to turn to in order to get energy. If you’re new to Keto, you’re bound to feel a clear lack of energy in the beginning while your body learns to use other sources like fat and protein as fuel.
Your Energy Will Start to Return
It will take some time for your body to adapt to the new diet but once it figures out how to use other nutrients as an energy source, you’ll start feeling super-energized once again. Some health experts say that this is a placebo effect since it is just the fatigue from the initial phase of the diet that is wearing off with time and you’re no longer feeling tired and worn out all the time like you previously did.
Loss of Appetite
It is true that people on a ketogenic diet tend to lose their appetite after banishing the carbs from their lives, although it’s not clear why this phenomenon occurs. One of the theories proposed by researchers is that the new diet affects the gut bacteria, thereby suppressing hunger.
Others think that ketosis has a direct impact on the region of the brain which is responsible for sending out hunger cues. Whatever the reason may be, ketosis suppresses your appetite which is probably why you’ve been feeling a lot less hungry lately.
You Need to Take Several Trips to the Bathroom
People who follow a ketogenic diet tend to consumer higher quantities of fat than others and their body isn’t really prepared for the sudden change. When the fat intake abruptly increases, your body is unable to digest the food properly and the bacteria in your gut need time to adapt to the changing dynamics of your diet.
This can lead to a disorder called steatorrhea or poop with a strong smell. Your bowel movements return to normal once your body gets used to the new diet.