What The Keto Diet Actually Does To Your Body | The Human Body



The ketogenic diet, or keto, has become a popular way to lose weight. The high-fat, low-carb diet is a drastic change from the diet that the USDA recommends for Americans. It’s also a huge change for your body’s metabolism.

And while keto is proven to help you shed the pounds, the diet can come with some side effects, like the notorious keto flu.The high-fat, low-carb ketogenic diet, or keto for short, has become a popular way to lose weight. And while keto is proven to help you shed the pounds, it’s a huge change for your body’s metabolism and can come with some serious side effects.

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Step aside Atkins. There’s a new fad diet in town.

The ketogenic diet, or keto for short. Celebrities like Halle Berry, Kourtney Kardashian, and Vanessa Hudgens all swear by it.

And if losing weight is your goal, keto works! It’s proven to help you shed pounds fast. But there’s more to this diet than meets the eye.Keto basically replaces carbs with fat. A typical keto diet looks like this: 70% fat, 25% protein, 5% carbohydrates. It’s a drastic change from the diet that the USDA recommends for Americans: Less than 30% fat, 20-35% protein, at least 50% carbs, and it’s a significant change for your body’s metabolism too. Usually, when you eat carbs, like a starchy potato, enzymes in your mouth, stomach, and small intestine break them into a form of sugar energy, called glucose, which your brain and body use for fuel.

So, when you skip out on carbs, the first couple of days you might experience some strong sugar cravings. Because your body is switching gears, from burning carbs to the only energy it has left: fat.

Once you’re burning fat regularly, you’ll start to see the pounds melt away. Depending on your weight, you might lose up to 3.5 pounds within the first week. As you burn more fat, levels of insulin — the fat-storing hormone — will drop significantly. This triggers your kidneys to release large amounts of sodium into the blood.

Which can actually lead to a common side effect known as the “keto flu.” Many keto dieters report symptoms like: Nausea, Headaches, Dizziness, Muscle cramps, and low energy levels.

But most of these symptoms will only occur within the first couple weeks of starting the diet.

After the first month, the scales will look better. But some of that lost weight isn’t actually fat. It’s water.

Because some of the carbs you’ve metabolized include glycogen, which retains water and therefore helps keep you hydrated. As a result, you’ll likely pee more, which will lower your sodium levels even more, leading to: Dehydration, Constipation or diarrhea, and bad breath.

Once you’re a couple months in you might hit the notorious keto plateau. It’s a common term in the keto community and refers to when people find it harder to continue losing weight. One study, for example, found that overweight people lost an average of 15 pounds in the first month. Another 11 pounds over the next two months. But after that, they saw no change in body weight — despite sticking to the keto diet.

At this point, many people quit keto. That’s why researchers often find it hard to study the long-term effects of the diet. But, as it turns out, there is one group that typically sticks to keto.

It’s unclear why, but keto has been proven to reduce the symptoms of epilepsy. And studies show that epileptic children who stay on very restricted keto diets for several years can suffer from: Kidney stones, High cholesterol, and bone fractures.

But a typical keto diet won’t be nearly as strict and if you do want to try keto, you should talk to a doctor first. In the meantime, go ahead and enjoy that bread and remember, the best diet is a balanced one of fat, protein, and — yes, even — carbs.

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36 comments

  1. I started at 423 now im down 96lbs in 10 months eating whatever I want within keto while sitting on my ass. Good luck losing weight eating whatever you want on veganism while not exercising. I've tried every other diet and keto is the ONLY diet that you can EAT UNTIL FULL, STAY FULL, NOT EXERCISE and make a meal using only 2 ingredients. Good luck being hungry in 2 -4 hours on veganism, and making a meal that tastes good with 2 non pre-made ingredients. There fore KETO is more sustainable as its more convenient.

  2. Most people who do keto are seriously overweight if not obese. Of course they would rave about it.
    I don't understand why these female celebrities would endorse this diet, since they are as waify as a my middle finger in the first place.

  3. This video has so much information wrong it's hilarious. Less salt doesn't dehydrate you for one and even if it did nobody would have to worry because everyone in the first world eat like 3x the salt necessary to live and have health complications because of it. Now stop spreading miss information please.

  4. I honestly think Keto is is a hype. I eat a balanced diet, mostly veggies, fruits and very little meat and I add Collagen Peptides Powder from Probase Sports Nutrition. That really has helped me to stay fit and healthy at 62. Probase is probably the best Collagen Supplent you can find on the market.

  5. If you jump into any diet without easing into it you'll feel sick until your body ajusts to to lifestyle change. By slowly easing your body into it your giving yourself time to ajust and you'll have zero to minimal side affects. It's how they get diabetics to start eating low carb, as doing so straight away can mess with blood sugar so they usually ease you into it. It's the same as if you go vegetarian or vegan after being omnivorous for a long time, the sudden removal of meat can mess you up if you don't wean off it.

    Also weight is generally becoming a bad indicator of determining if someone is healthy. Scales cannot distinguish between fat, bone or muscle mass and body shape can be a factor too (and muscle weighs way more than fat!) there's better ways to messure unhealthy fat than relying on the scales.

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