I went on the keto diet and lost 15kg in 2 months, but now am gaining weight very rapidly. I am not eating too many carbs. What can I do?
This is the main problem with ultra-low carb diets. Life always comes in the way, temptations come in the way and your mind and body start to crave carbs all over again.
Your T3 levels drop in the long run and can put you at a risk of long term metabolic damage leading to hypothyroid, which makes it harder for you to lose weight later on, in case you gain it.
There are other potential issues too. Your eyes stay protected with mucous lining made from carbohydrates. Dry irritated eyes is another side effect followed by not sleeping well and waking up many time at night.
If you’ve been on "Dirty Ketosis" which means eating the wrong kind of fats like cheese and processed oils from processed meats, there is potential damage to your total cholesterol levels and liver function too.
When you get off keto, it is very important to add carbs very very gradually and in forms that suit your gut. If you were on macros where the carbs were just 5-10 per cent, gradually increase it up by 5 per cent every week. Most people on keto (who resort to it out of desperation) do not work out. So, adding carbs means you will need to start some form of cardio activity.
Always pick diets that you think are going to be sustainable in the long run given your situation.
Rashi Chowdhary is a nutritionist, diabetes educator and creator of The Protein Bake Shop. Got a problem? Our fantastic panel of renowned experts is available to answer all your questions related to fashion, well-being, nutrition, finance and hypnotherapy. Email your queries to email@example.com.