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RISKS INVOLVED IN KETO DIET!



As the popular trending keto diet grows larger on the internet, is it really the secret to growing your dream body? Are there any risks? Is it worth sacrificing carbs?


In my opinion, of course not, at the end of the day if you're looking to maximise results, the keto diet isn't going to magically help you achieve the results you have so desire. If you want to really want to use a diet that will get you your dream body, it's all about the amount of calories you are eating, caloric deficit for weight loss, and caloric surplus for gaining.


Whilst keto may have some health benefits, it also has risks involved in performing this diet.



1. LACK OF NUTRIENTS


Restricting carbohydrates from the body which is your main source of energy can lead to inadequate intake of nutrients the body needs to function properly. Nutrients that are found in fruits, whole grains and legumes, and these foods that provide the essential nutrients, minerals and dietary fibre needed. Not managing and consuming enough of these can cause deficiencies in nutrients like vitamin C, potassium, and magnesium.



2. INCREASE RISK OF HEART DISEASE


There is an increase risk of heart disease when it comes to keto. The high intake of saturated fats, may cause elevated levels of "bad" cholesterol. So it is important to choose healthy fats from sources of foods like nuts, seeds, olive oil, avocados to make sure you're consuming the proper intake of saturated fats.



3. POTENTIALLY HAVE PROBLEMS WITH KIDNEY


The keto diet has been shown to potentially cause problems to kidneys. This is caused through increased protein intake and fluid loss, possibly causing kidney stones. People with chronic kidney disease should avoid the keto diet as it may weaken the kidneys more. It's always important to consult your healthcare practitioner.



4. MAY DECREASE IN BONE HEALTH


Studies proven to show that people who have been on the keto diet for sometime can lead to damage to their bone health. The keto diet often restricts certain foods with calcium, which is essential for maintaining strong bones. If you are going to continue to consume the keto diet, it is important to add the following into your diets, some including keto friendly sources of calcium.



Overall, it is important to consult a healthcare practitioner and do your research on whether the keto diet would be right for you.

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