Your breath might smell
One of the by-products of the breakdown of ketones is acetone. Acetone is exhaled through the lungs, thus making your breath smell a little. Aside from the need to use breath mints, this is not harmful and is a sure-fire sign that your body is in ketosis.
You might have constipation
Many high-fibre foods are excluded on a ketogenic diet, so a common complaint from followers is they can get bound up. It is possible to consume enough fibre from non-starchy vegies or you may need to take a fibre supplement.
You’ll lose weight
Although it seems counter-intuitive to be eating more fat and losing weight, now that your body is burning body fat as its main fuel source, you can lose weight very quickly. In addition, your appetite is suppressed so you’re less likely to overeat or go back for seconds.
You’ll get control of your blood sugar levels and your insulin levels drop
On a ketogenic diet, you’ll limit the spikes in blood sugars that come with frequent carbohydrate and sugar intake. As a result, your body doesn’t need to produce as much insulin. Low insulin levels mean your body is better able to break down fat to be used as fuel.
Now that you are using fat as fuel, you are not short of an energy supply and no longer relying on your dietary intake as your main source of energy.
At Be Fit Food, our meals will induce a state of mild nutritional ketosis. This means you will get the fat burning benefits without the extreme keto side effects. We recommend 50-70g of carbs per day, which is in line with the CSIRO low carb diet philosophy. Contact our team of Dietitians at email@example.com for more information or phone 1300 263 257.
Kate Save is an accredited practising dietitian, exercise physiologist and co-director of Be Fit Food in Mornington. For more info go to befitfood.com.au or phone 1300 2 MEALS (63257)