Some people see great results with the keto diet, but what are the long-term effects of the keto diet, really? These side effects of extreme low-carb diets are something to consider.

By Julia Malacoff
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By now, you've probably heard all about the ketogenic diet, the high-fat, low-carb eating style everyone's talking about. And while the benefits of keto are pretty well-known-weight loss and a suppressed appetite-the downsides are usually minimized by keto advocates. "The positive aspects of a ketogenic diet are spoken about much more than the drawbacks," says Alix Turoff, R.D., C.D.N., C.P.T., a dietitian and personal trainer.

"The diet was introduced in the 1920s as a way to treat epilepsy and then sort of fell out of popularity with the introduction of anti-seizure drugs," Turoff says. What's more, ketosis (the goal of keto, a state where the body uses fat for energy instead of carbs) is something seen in people during periods of starvation-including in people with anorexia nervosa. "The body is deprived of carbohydrates and thus has to turn to ketone bodies as a fuel source," Turoff explains. "People really need to understand that it's not just a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet-it actually changes the way your body uses fuel."

Turoff doesn't think the keto diet should be a go-to solution for weight loss, and she's not alone in this opinion. Many of the dietitians Shape spoke to for this story had similar thoughts on the keto diet, which is why many of them strongly encourage anyone who is thinking about trying a ketogenic diet to chat with a registered dietitian first. (Related: Why This Dietitian Is Completely Against the Keto Diet)

In the meantime, here are some things to keep in mind before you go full-on keto:

No one knows what the long-term effects are.

The side effects of extreme low-carb diets are still a mystery. "The first major drawback is the fact that we really don't have any long-term research about how keto followers fare 10, 20, 30 years down the line," Turoff says. "What will the results look like? Will they regain the weight? Will they suffer health consequences? We also thought smoking and diet pills were a good idea, until long-term studies showed us that we were wrong."

"Keto flu" is not a fun experience.

Keto dieters often commiserate about experiencing symptoms as their bodies adjust to the diet, but experts say this period of transition is no joke. "When your body first enters ketosis, you may experience a series of side effects termed the 'keto flu,'" says Jennifer M. Brown, R.D., a faculty associate at Arizona State University's School of Nutrition and Health Promotion. "These include fatigue, dizziness, lightheadedness, poor sleep, difficulty with exercise, and constipation, all resulting from extreme restriction of carbohydrates." While these symptoms usually subside after the body adjusts to relying on fat for fuel, it can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Is losing weight really worth potentially feeling ill for three weeks?! "Given that low-carb diets have not been shown to have an advantage when it comes to weight loss, I would say these side effects aren't worth it and are unnecessary," Brown says. (Related: Is It Possible to Follow a Vegetarian Keto Diet?)

It can throw your body's hydration levels out of whack.

"Electrolyte imbalances can also be common if keto followers aren't aware of hydration needs," Turoff says. It's important to stay hydrated on keto, she says, especially in the beginning. "As you limit carbohydrates, your body produces less insulin, and glycogen stores (how carbs are stored) in the muscles and liver are depleted. For every 1 gram of glycogen that's depleted, you lose about 3 grams of water." This causes the kidneys to flush out more water, and along with it, electrolytes your body needs like magnesium, calcium, sodium, and potassium. "Imbalanced electrolytes can lead to muscle cramps, irregular heartbeat, fatigue, cognitive distortions, and lack of body temperature control," Turoff says. Some people may also be more likely to get kidney stones while on keto due to inadequate hydration, according to Turoff. (PS: These Are the Hydration Tips Every Fit Girl Needs.)

The initial weight loss is mostly water.

Your kidneys flushing out all that water is also part of the reason people see dramatic scale drops in the beginning of their keto journeys. "I wish people knew that the weight loss they will initially experience on this diet is largely due to water loss," Brown says. That means you're most likely not actually losing fat in the first couple of weeks, but instead losing water that will come back in the form of glycogen stores if and when you start eating carbs again. (BTW, Here's How to Safely and Effectively Come Off the Keto Diet.)

You could have some seriously funky breath.

This one might not seem like a big deal, but it's worth knowing about. "When the body goes into ketosis, it's common for the breath to start smelling like acetone because of the breakdown of acetoacetic acid," Turoff says. For reference: "Acetone is the chemical that gives nail polish its smell." Uh, noted.

The brain fog you've heard about is a real thing.

"Your brain runs on glucose (a simple form of carbohydrates)," notes Adrien Paczosa, R.D., L.D., a registered dietitian and eating disorder specialist. "When you cut out carbs, your body has to 'make' carbs from breaking down other parts of the body. This results in what I like to call a hungry brain. You experience slower cognition, memory loss, headaches, and confusion." That doesn't sound so great, right? "Also, those who suffer from depression and anxiety may have higher levels of those periods when not eating carbs on a regular basis." Because of this, keto might not be the best choice for those with mental health issues.

You'll eat fewer fruits and vegetables.

"On a ketogenic diet, your intake of fruits and vegetables is extremely limited, and we all know how important the fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other compounds in fruits and veggies are," says Libby Parker, R.D., a dietitian who specializes in treatment and prevention of eating disorders. It's true: There are a lot of healthy but high-carb foods you can't eat on the ketogenic diet. That's one of the reasons keto is usually pretty low in fiber, which isn't so great long-term. "Fiber is not only protective against many gastrointestinal cancers, it is also a big factor in fullness and weight loss," Parker explains. "Furthermore, constipation is very common on low-fiber diets like the keto diet." (That said, These Healthy, High-Fat Foods Can Help You Feel Full Longer.)

It may negatively affect your athletic performance.

There are people who say that keto helps your athletic performance, and those who say it hurts it. "The literature is mixed on how an ultra low-carbohydrate diet like the keto diet affects athletic performance," says Grant Cox, C.S.C.S., head coach at Iron Tribe Fitness. But one thing is pretty clear: "A lot of it points to consistent decreases when athletes are looking for maximal power output (in weightlifting, vertical jumps, sprinting, etc.). Along the same lines, you'd be hard-pressed to put on weight and strength on such a low carbohydrate diet," he says.

That might be part of the reason the keto diet is thought to be a better fit for endurance athletes. But even for them, evidence is mixed. "The keto diet has been popular with athletes that engage in long endurance events, because it requires them to rely on less frequent carbohydrate feedings to fuel their exercise (think gummies, drinks, and goos) and more on their body fat stores," Brown explains. "This can decrease uncomfortable gastrointestinal symptoms (fewer stops at the porta-potties!), but a keto diet can be as challenging to maintain for an athlete as it is for a layperson."

Plus, "some research has found that athletes on a keto diet become less efficient in their exercise," Brown says. Because of this, the researchers involved in the study recommended that instead of going for a keto diet, athletes who want to take advantage of their body's ability to use fat as fuel alternate between training in a carb-depleted state (for example, doing a fasted workout in the morning after not eating carbs the night before) and eating carbs as normal. (Related: 8 Things You Need to Know About Exercising on The Keto Diet)

It may trigger disordered eating.

Keto is pretty much a no-go for those who are prone to disordered eating. "Being on such a restrictive diet can quickly turn obsessive and if you're prone to disordered eating, this can be even more dangerous," Turoff says. To be fair, this isn't exclusive to the keto diet, but it applies to any eating style that restricts entire food groups.

Even if you don't have a history with eating disorders, keto can still leave some people (although certainly not everyone!) with negative feelings around food. "For the vast majority of people, keto is not sustainable, meaning they don't stick with it for more than a few months," Brown says. "Not 'succeeding' with this diet and returning to one's usual eating habits can trigger feelings of guilt and failure." Those two feelings can actually trigger disordered eating in some people in the worst-case scenario, says Brown. (Also, We Seriously Need to Stop Thinking of Foods As "Good" and "Bad")

It can be emotionally exhausting.

"Most people who wind up trying a ketogenic diet and then deciding not to continue do so because of the emotional and lifestyle consequences," Turoff says. To put it simply, people miss eating carbohydrates. "That doesn't mean that you should be eating pizza or cupcakes every day, but what about having a sweet potato with a meal, or beans in a chili? Or fresh watermelon in the summer?" Turoff asks. "Whether or not we want to admit it, food plays much more than just a physical role in our lives and having such restrictions on the types of foods you can and can't eat can really take a toll. It might be easy in the short-term to go for carb-free foods but at a certain point, the thought of not being able to eat your favorite foods again can become daunting."

Eating in a restrictive way can be socially isolating, Brown says. "You may avoid parties and other gatherings because you may worry about what food will be available for you, or even what foods may tempt you. Having to plan and control what you are eating so closely may lead to increased anxiety and stress. And who doesn't want to enjoy a beer with a friend or a piece of cake on your birthday?" As you probably know, emotional well-being and physical health are closely linked, which is all the more reason to choose foods that make you feel good both mentally and physically. If keto does that for you, great! But if it doesn't, know you're not alone.

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Wow Some of the things are true. Keto Flue it is real but once you are fat adapted it won’t be coming back. Hydration, yes there is a problem with that but that is easily fixed by drinking water with electrolytes. Simple. Also you exercise a lot this causes problem with Hydration as well Initial weight loss is water. Yes that true with most diets. And if you got back to carbs the water will come back. It will take several weeks to show weight loss. The diet is not just about weight loss it is about health and what is dose still blows me away especially for a diabetic. Brain Fog. This is completely wrong. I am not sure where you got this from. During transition sure body is somewhat confused but the body is good at this change and only last for a little while. Fewer fruits and vegetables. Yes fewer fruits because most have to much sugar in them. However if you worried about vitamin C not to wander eat broccoli it has more vitamin C than a orange not to mention Red Bell Peppers. Athletic Performance. Interesting I have never been able to do more 5 pushups in my life but after 5 months on this diet I was able to do ten without any problem. I did this because people were saying that the diet makes you stronger. I am not sure if it made me stronger but what I think is that my muscles simply just work better on this diet. Eating disorders. Seems to me that many people have problems with this because there is a lot of fat people. I use to look down on people that were fat not anymore because the reason they are fat is really mostly not there faults. But it is because of people that wright things like you have written. Emotionally Exhausting. Really, Ok continued to eat the way you have been eating and stay fat. Wow This last thing I will say most of what I have learned about this diet is there for anyone to see and studies show many benefits and very few negatives. But this is true that this diet will work for anyone who will do it right. Remember this Fat cannot make you Fat only sugar and cabs can and mixing high carbs with high fat is dangerous.
Anonymous
September 16, 2018
Uhm your comment on brain fog is totally reversed the brain fog is before ketosis the brain actually feeds off of the ketones usually better than glucose not to mention the other benefits like reduction of inflammation, loss of fat mass, and better regulation of glucose and insulin levels along with cortisol. Ketosis also slows down the loss of muscle mass naturally and the lifestyle does allow enough protein to counter any losses encountered during the transition phase. As far as disorder eating that is what caused all of the obesity that has driven people to try Keto rethink your logic and pay attention to the truth and you might learn something valuable. Too much negative propaganda in this article and warped facts there is no definitive medical facts on any known health issues associated with Keto at all, but a slew of positives that far out weigh negatives in general.
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August 20, 2018
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July 27, 2018
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Anonymous
July 18, 2018
Who wrote this article and how many days out of the University of Phoenix were they? BAD info this is the best and most fun diet I have ever been on 48 lbs in 3 months and Brain and Athletic activity are back. Idiot. 51 yrs old too.
Anonymous
June 8, 2018
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Anonymous
June 6, 2018
I was planning to go on this diet, but after reading the pros and cons, and thinking it through really well, I decided I just don't want to. Oh, I plan to cut way down on sugar and refined carbs, but I love fruits, and veggies, and I just don't dig high fat consumption. So, no, I will pass.
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Anonymous
May 13, 2018
This article is so full of holes that it's fascinating that it would 'hold water' with anyone reading it! So this is a 'professional dietitian'? Wow, what school - oh wait, I forgot that all school curriculum have been bought and paid for close to a hundred years ago by the Rockefeller family who wanted into the medical field and to cut a long story short (a fascinating one you can read about at your leisure) they muscled their way into our educational system and changed the way doctors and medical practitioners learned to support what it now a global behemoth where health is a pharmaceutical drug, symptom-control based machine. "Do no harm" should really be removed from a doctor's oath. I digress.... So the first comment: "The diet was introduced in the 1920s as a way to treat epilepsy and then sort of fell out of popularity with the introduction of anti-seizure drugs," Because anti-seizure drugs are so universally effective with no harmful side effects.... Ok - so food and diet worked until there was a lot of money to be made selling drugs for that ailment. But the real kicker, that almost made my gag on my coffee because I was laughing so hard was this one: "The first major drawback is the fact that we really don't have any long-term research about how keto followers fare 10, 20, 30 years down the line," Really? Seriously? I mean, did you even think about this before you wrote it down? You used the word 'fact' like you knew what you you were talking about, yet you were spewing nothing more than fear and speculation. Look at the history of humans (you know, that little few thousand years before now - "10,20,30 years down the line" LOL!!) prior to the introduction of large scale commercial agriculture and pharmaceutical industries. I wonder what we ate? Hmmmm........ Oh yeah, meat from animals and vegetables and fruits that grew from the earth. It wasn't grains, processed flour (that "enriched" stuff that means it really has nothing left in it that's good for you - but good for shelf life=profit) Yet, somehow we are still here. Fancy that. But let me sit down and strap myself into your little train of brainwashed thought (I do feel sorry for you, you didn't know that your training was bought and paid for by people who needed your qualifications to make the masses think you were helping) regarding the 10,20,30 year thing. Since we don't have a crystal ball, let's look BACK - maybe 50 or 60 years. Heck, let's go 100. Now look at photographs of humans - some funky fashion and hairstyles, but pay particular attention to their stature. See anything different? Forget 10,20 or 30 years from now - look at right now. People are bloated, obese, tired and sick. Humans literally eating themselves into wheelchairs, and it's not all their own fault. The foods are addictive, and the repressed and depressed nature of society makes these addictions so much stronger. We have plethora of new diseases that present a scourge on our species. It seems a new one every year! Auto-immune disordered sky rocketing - new names for new diseases that come with very expensive drugs to manage the symptoms of those diseases, with manufactured foods claiming to provide the body with the nutrients it needs. No, we don't need to look forward 1-3 decades to see what might happen. We need to focus on now and see what IS HAPPENING because of the cycling fads of stupid diets designed to make more people rich and keep out society sick and repressed. There's an interesting documentary that you all might want to watch on Netflix if you want simple, common sense information beyond this well intentioned, but ultimately contradictory advice. It's called "The Magic Pill", which is a fitting name for our society that strives for some magic fix in a pill, diet or supplement. One part should strike home pretty quickly - it's when they spend time with the ancient, indigenous aboriginal tribes in Australia. They are talking with them, asking them about their current health, their past generations health and there's a lot of images to tell this story. These poor people didn't know better, thought giving their kids "western foods" was good for them, but they too are afflicted with obesity, disease and early painful deaths. Diabetes, heart disease, cancers, auto-immune disorders. When a large group of them were asked what was the biggest killer of their grandparents and generations before, the answers really spoke the truth. "Accidents, maybe a fall from a cliff or attack from a crocodile or wild animal", but the undeniable majority answer was "Old age". So what's really wrong here? If all these so called professionals have been giving us advice on our health all these years, and we thought that advice was correct, yet we ended up here - sick, obese, tired and dying premature painful deaths. How good was that advice? And was it helpful? We all know the answers, it's simple and if we look at our society right now it's pretty obvious it's not the way ahead if we want to survive another few millennia. The correct answers are often incredibly simple, you just have to pull back from the web of fear mongering and misinformation> Your body intuitively knows how to survive. I'm not necessarily advocating meat eating - there's plenty of amazing natural fats for non meat eaters. It's common sense. Back to basics.
Anonymous
March 27, 2018
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Anonymous
March 20, 2018
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Anonymous
March 9, 2018
Alix Turoff is full of MANURE. If the author of this article agrees with Ms. Turoff she too is demonstrating ignorance. Humans evolved on a diet primarily consisting of animal fats and animal proteins. Carbohydrates are the Foundational Cause of Cardiovascular Disease. Humans can manufacture glucose if it is needed. Humans cannot manufacture fats or proteins. That's why they are called Essential. There is no such thing as an Essential Carbohydrate. By the way, piling a bunch of letters after your name does not lend credibility to your misinformation. Suggesting ketogenesis is in any way related to anorexia only demonstrates Abject Ignorance. Also choosing to cite research from the 1920's to support opinion without foundation is IGNORANCE ON DISPLAY.
Anonymous
February 28, 2018
I went keto in April 2017 and lost 32 pounds over 8 months. Even better, the keto diet has freed me from my carb addiction. I used to crave sweets and bread. I was helpless in the face of a chocolate chip cookie. Free at last! I don't care about ANY of that stuff. I make low-carb cookies and bread now which are yummy but I don't have any need to overeat them like I did. I never want to go off this diet! I feel great, I have great mental clarity, I never get cranky or sleepy because I haven't eaten, and I'm a size 2! It's all good -- It's all GREAT! One of the criticisms of this diet is that "it's so extreme no one can stick with it." Set aside that lots of people have gone keto and are sticking with it. What diet would these critics suggest as one that has been proven to be easy for a person with a weight problem to stick with??? They point us to the diets of naturally thin people. Guess what, geniuses -- it doesn't work for us! Not everyone handles carbs the same! Go keto and you will be less hungry and no longer crave carbs. You will feel full and satisfied all the time, with much fewer calories. The critics just don't want to admit that they have been dishing out terrible advice for years -- and we have an obesity epidemic to prove it.
Anonymous
February 28, 2018
This "dietician" is a joke. The keto "gurus" always talk about the downsides and how to correct almost every problem mentioned by this so called dietician lmao.
Anonymous
February 28, 2018
wow. First, this diet has been tested over the long term because it's the diet that our hunter gatherer ancestors lived on it is the diet from which our our physiology evolved. Keto flu symptoms are difficult, but make no mistake these are the symptoms of going through sugar withdrawal. This is the painful process of weaning your body off of its addiction to sugar and yes it sucks. Yes, drink more water; regardless of what diet you are on you should be doing this. brain fog will go away along with the other symptoms of the so-called keto flu. On the other side of this first and very difficult week of the keto diet, is a life where you will sleep better, you will have better focus, and you will metabolize stored fat.
Anonymous
February 28, 2018
You can replace the word "keto" with "vegetarian" and the article wouldn't change much. A lot of this is bogus. I've been keto for almost two years and I still eat fruits and vegetables. Sure I'm not eating a pound of grapes or drinking bottles of apple juice... But I do have some watermelon and cantaloupe. I also eat broccoli, celery, spinach, kale, cauliflower, tomatoes bell peppers... Many vegetables. Not to mention if you're eating quality meats you're getting quality vitamins and minerals already. The flesh of those animals contains the vitamins and minerals they ate while alive
Anonymous
February 28, 2018
Keto brings me more mental clarity than I have ever had! I had huge brain fog every time I did The Master Cleanse, which supplies lots of glucose (maple syrup) and zero fat, so I can tell you 100% the brain works better when fueled by fat. The only thing I agree with in this article is you have to boost your electrolyte supplements via he zillion products out there ie emergen-c electro packets, magnesium oil, etc.
Anonymous
February 28, 2018
All diets work for someone. I'm a believer in a diet that you can make into a lifestyle for the rest of your life. I believe just eating healthy, and not eating till you're full is all it really takes. Lot of people eat more in a meal than necessary. Eat till you're not hungry anymore, not till you lay back and feel like resting. Of course getting some kinda exercise in daily helps to build muscle and burn fat.
Anonymous
February 28, 2018
As an 8 month ketoer, I have to admit to feeling dehydrated most of the time, no matter how much water I consume, it just goes right through me. I also have had low energy levels and can't figure out why everybody always talks about how incredibly energetic they feel doing keto. I am going to just up my carbs a little at a time and see how I feel. Did I mention the dry skin also? Really dry! And at my age the last thing I want is more wrinkles! I don't think eating mostly fat has been very beneficial to me. I've o my list 8 pounds in all these months and frankly, I also believe most of that was water!
Anonymous
February 28, 2018
Cool, now do one that presents all the benefits of the keto diet in an unbiased way, because, you know, journalism!
Anonymous
February 27, 2018
My favorite part was when you confessed that the diet has been around since the 20's but then later 'revealed' that the long term effects haven't been studied yet. Sheesh how lazy can you get? Literally every single scare tactic you've written about has been debunked - numerous times. To call yourself a magazine that offers the latest health and fitness tips is laughable.
Anonymous
February 27, 2018
Did you just have space that you needed to fill on this issue of Shape? All of those points you brought up (nice straw-man argument in the first one, by the way) were debunked long ago. This seriously sounds like you just dug up talking points from 2001 and decided to recycle them.