Anyone who has tried a diet low in carbohydrates is likely to have experienced some type of ketosis. Ketosis is the process by which your body’s level of ketones, a certain chemical produced as a result of insufficiently breaking down carbohydrates, are released into your bloodstream. Ketosis is generally not a good condition to have arise in your body, although it is used in medicine to help treat seizures in some patients.
Ketosis contributes to a variety of symptoms that are often associated with crash diets and low-carbohydrate diet plans. Among the most important of these symptoms to those dieters is the fact that ketosis can actually cause weight gain. Additionally, it leaves people feeling nauseated and may contribute to more serious long term health issues.
Ketosis and Weight Gain
Ketosis can affect the way that your metabolism will operate. It slows down the metabolism, thereby taking your body more time to accurately and effectively break down the constituent foods that it eats. As a result of this, more of that food is unable to be processed and is converted over into fats. Sustained periods of ketosis that come about as a result of crash dieting are therefore sometimes working at direct cross purposes with the plans of the dieter herself.
Other Risks of Ketosis
In addition to the problem of slowing your metabolism and potentially leading to weight gain, ketosis can cause a host of other problems. One of these is the likelihood of bringing about a feeling of nausea. This can be accompanied by dehydration, dizziness, constipation and other generally mild symptoms. However, each of these symptoms can add up to contribute to a feeling of discomfort that precludes you from eating the food that you need to in order to stay on your diet and remain healthy. By thus blocking you from eating foods that are good for you, you make room for other health problems to come in, and you ensure that any weight that you do lose will be quickly put on again as your diet returns to normal.
Ketosis also greatly increases the levels of uric acid in the bloodstream. Uric acid is responsible for gout, kidney stones and a number of other unpleasant conditions.
The single best way to avoid ketosis is to avoid limiting the number of carbohydrates that you eat. While it’s alright to cut back on carbs if that’s a part of your doctor-approved diet plan, it’s never a good idea to cut out an entire group from the list of food groups. Eating a well balanced and nutritional meal will help to keep your body functioning properly and healthily, while simultaneously allowing you to lose weight in a sustainable way. Ask your doctor for more advice about how to set up a diet plan that will ensure that you remain healthy and avoid conditions like ketosis.