Carbohydrates are one of three main nutrients our body needs after fats and proteins. Our body breaks down carbohydrates into glucose or blood sugar which in turn becomes the main source of energy for our body's cells, tissues, and organs. However, in order to maintain and/or achieve the desirable body, people nowadays have started cutting down on carbohydrates. A ketogenic diet is one of the biggest trends these days. But what happens when a person stops eating carbs entirely?
Importance of Carbs In Our Daily Diet
1. Risks of keto flu
Keto flu or carbohydrate flu is the condition that primarily happens at the beginning of a ketogenic diet. Ketosis can lead to health ailments like weakness, fatigue, dizziness, and headaches. However, more serious side effects can happen as well if a person stops eating carbohydrates altogether. This includes stomach pain, nausea, and vomiting. Therefore, doctors and health experts advise on getting enough nutrients. Fruits, vegetables, and whole rains are the best sources of nutrients.
2. Brain fog
In simple terms, brain fog refers to the uncomfortable feeling of being spaced out unwittingly. On a no-carb diet, a person may feel foggy as the body tries to keep up normal blood sugar levels. The immediate symptom of brain fog is insomnia and/or sleeping disorders. Constant tiredness will in turn make the brain feel even fuzzier and more confused.
3. Bloated belly
The prime reason for a bloated belly in a no-carb diet is because the body is missing out on the required amount of fibre. A low on fibre diet can cause constipation that can take weeks to clear. Constipation can lead to the formation of gas in the stomach which makes it feel full and can even cause pain. This is when doctors advise you to stay hydrated and get enough electrolytes.
4. Stinky breath
Bad breath in the low/no-carb diet is often caused by certain chemicals that are released in the breath as the body burns out body’s stored fat. This happens because often there isn’t enough saliva to get rid of bacteria and extra food particles that tend to stay in the mouth. Hydration is the real culprit here.
5. Sugar levels might dip
A super low/no-carb diet can lower the body's blood sugar levels. This phenomena can help if a person has diabetes. However in true ketosis, hypoglycemia is a risk. This tends to happen when the blood sugar level dips too low. The go-to treatment is to have at least 15 grams of carbs to raise it. If it’s still too low after 15 minutes, you shall need another 15 grams of carbohydrates. If you have diabetes, check your sugar levels more frequently to know if there's a need to adjust your medication while on a no/low-carb diet.