Keto Diet Side Effects

In this day and age, there are thousands of ways to lose weight. Because we live in such a fast-paced society where people want instant gratification, fast acting remedies are what people tend to turn towards. Yes, there is always the option to work out and eat a healthier diet, but most people don’t have the time or the motivation to fit that into their schedules. Instead, individuals turn to extreme weight loss remedies, such as the one we are discussing today.

Keto Diet Side Effects

In short, The Keto Diet is either a low-or-no carbohydrate diet that puts your body into the state of Ketosis. Essentially, Ketosis happens when molecules know as ketones build up in the bloodstream. Low carbs cause blood sugar levels to drop which forces the body to break down fat and convert it into energy. As you can imagine, this is a fast way to drop a few pounds and boost energy levels. Although some experts say the diet is harmless, there are other specialists that would disagree. Here are some of the side effects outlined from previous individuals that used the Ketos method to lose weight.

Keto Diet Side EffectsFatigue & Dizzy Spells

During the first few days of keto dieting, you will experience frequent urination due to the fact that your body has to burn up extra glycogen (stored glucose) in your body. When you break down glucose it releases water. As you start losing all this water, you’ll also lose essential minerals such as salt, potassium & iron. When levels of theses minerals drop, you can start to feel tired, light headed or dizzy. To avoid this problem, you can eat meals containing more salt or potassium enriched foods. If you start to feel serious fatigue & headaches, stop the diet and consult a specialist about ways to improve your diet & salt intake.


Constipation is a common side effect from the keto diet. This is often times a result of dehydration, lack of sodium and consuming too much dairy foods. If you are experiencing constipation or want to prevent this from happening to you, specialists suggest to drink lots of water, cut back on your dairy & nut consumption and drink plenty of fluids to soften your stool. You could also try taking magnesium citrate supplements (400mg).

Hair Loss

Although hair loss on the keto diet is uncommon, it is a potential side effect. Studies have shown that certain people will experience accelerated hair loss on low carb diets. This may or may not be related directly to the keto diet, but to dieting in general. Major changes in your diet routine can cause changes to your hormones or metabolism which can induce hair loss.

Accelerated Heart Beat/Palpitations

Heart palpitations may occur at some point while doing the keto diet. This is a serious condition that must be dealt with immediately should it happen to you. It is more likely to occur in individuals that already have low blood pressure. Nutrient deficiencies can cause increased heart rates as well as in imbalance in the minerals in your body. That is why dieticians recommend taking a multi-vitamin before starting a keto diet.