With so much media attention on the obesity epidemic that is prevalent in the world today, people are frantically trying to lose weight. Although a high-protein diet might work, it has some side effects that can be mighty uncomfortable.
The most common diet today that advocates for low carbs and a high protein intake is the Atkins diet. If you're experiencing some discomfort on a high-protein diet, check out the 10 symptoms below to see if you might be eating too much meat.
1. Dehydration. With the lack of carbohydrates, your body starts to burn its own fat reserves, producing ketones. As a result, your body loses water through the kidneys, resulting in dehydration, according to MedicineNet.
2. Fatigue. Although this could prove to be temporary, the Mayo Clinic says to expect some fatigue as you cut carbs. MedicineNet points out that a high-protein diet can also create fatigue.
3. Dizziness. MedicineNet lists dizziness as another sign of too much meat in your diet.
4. Headaches. The Mayo Clinic lists headaches as a possible short-term side effect of reducing carbs, while MedicineNet includes them as an effect of eating too much meat.
5. Heart palpitations. Included in MedicineNet's list of symptoms for too much protein are heart palpitations.
6. Kidney stones. A high-protein diet causes the body to excrete excess calcium through the kidneys, according to Physicians Committee. This excess can create kidney stones.
7. Weakness. The Mayo Clinic states that muscle weakness can occur as a result of a high-protein, low-carb diet.
8. Constipation. Another possible side effect of eating too much meat is constipation, according to the Mayo Clinic.
9. Diarrhea. On the flip side, diarrhea might be what hits you instead.
10. Bad breath. WebMD states that the chemicals your body produces to burn fat, a result of low-carb dieting, create bad breath.
According to Berkeley Wellness, the key to eating healthy is "to eat mostly foods derived from plants — vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes (beans, peas, lentils) — and limit highly processed foods." By eating a balanced diet, you can avoid the uncomfortable side effects above and feel good about what you eat too!
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