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How can I avoid the bad side effects of the Keto Diet?

Keto Bad Side Effects

By ‘bad side effects of the Keto Diet’, what you might be referring to is the ’Keto Flu’. Yes, these symptoms can, at the very least, be annoying, and in the worse case, can leave you physically ill.

In order to avoid Keto Flu symptoms, when starting out on the Keto Diet, I always recommend a more gradual approach to reducing your carbohydrate intake while simultaneously increasing your intake of healthy fats. Too many people try to transition into the Keto Diet too suddenly and drastically reduce their carb intake without giving their body time to adjust. Going Keto too suddenly will only shock your body and give you these dreaded Keto Flu symptoms.

Transitioning into Keto more gradually does 3 great things for you:

  1. Allows time for the enzymes involved in your body’s metabolic processes to adapt to the change from burning fat for fuel.
  2. Gives your GI tract time to adapt to a higher fat intake by developing enzymes for digesting these fats.
  3. Helps you avoid the symptoms associated with sudden ‘carb withdrawal’, such as fatigue, which I’ve written more about here.

For anybody interested in learning more about the Keto Flu and both its symptoms and treatments, definitely read my post here.

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Mary Paley

Fearless Dietitian; 30+ years as a professional dietitian; Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at the MGH Institute of Health Professions; Lead research dietitian for several major pharmaceutical companies; Currently focused on health and wellness and the benefits of ketogenic diets for both obesity and diabetes management. MS, RDN, CDE, LD/N

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