One of the diet rages today is going low carb, and, if you're considering taking on the most famous of these diet regimens, you'll need to know about some problems with the Atkins diet plan. Reducing carbs will definitely reshape your body but there are some side effects of these diets that you must know about.
The following are common problems with the Atkins diet:
- Many people who start the induction phase of the Atkins diet report severe constipation as a side effect. This very common side effect of the Atkins diet may be related to the ability to eat as much cheese as the dieters want. Cheese is binding so, to avoid constipation (especially at first), eat small amounts of cheese at first as you start in on the Atkins diet while you also reduce fiber intake by restricting certain vegetables and fruits. If you do find that constipation is occurring, take a laxative or increase your fiber intake to get things moving along.
- You might suffer from a sudden onset of bad breath. The Atkins diet works by switching your body's energy source from carbohydrates to fat. As our body burns fat for energy, it produces ketones and enters into a state called ketosis. Unfortunately, a side effect of ketosis is bad breath.
- Another common side effect of the Atkins diet is boredom in your food choices. Sure, it may seem too good to be true to pile on bacon, egg, and steak to your breakfast plate but there's only so much meat you can eat without getting tired of the menu. Research some low carb recipes online and prepare at least one new item a week to keep your diet interesting. Make interesting vegetable dishes such as a faux mashed potato dish from cauliflower. Select very flavorful cheeses, such as bleu or gorgonzola, so that you can use less yet still get the delicious flavor and richness.