For some, the low carb ketogenic diet is a quick way to shed excess weight. Even if you lose weight while eating lots of cheese, bacon and fat may sound good, you will finally pay the price in another way: popping problems.
Although dietary changes will remove bowel movements, keto dieters are particularly prone to diarrhea or constipation. If you are going to try the trendy diet for yourself, here's a summary of what to expect.
You may be constipated on keto
"Most people immediately become quite constipated," says Liz Weinandy, R.D. at Ohio State University. This is especially true for people who usually eat a lot of fiber from whole grains and fruits, which are limited to the ketodite. Carbohydrates are typically limited to 30 grams per day, making it difficult to enjoy a bowl of oatmeal or an apple.
You may experience diarrhea on keto
Alternatively, some people may have the opposite problem. Barbie Boules, R.D.N., Founder of Nyoutrition, previously told Men's Health this occurs when people do not digest all the fat they consume. In addition, many keto-friendly foods contain non-nutritious sweeteners or sugar alcohols, which can cause indigestion in some people. "Sorbitol in particular is notorious for causing GI upset," she says.
Your poop is likely to look different
Pallets will have less bulk, due to fiber deficiency, and be smaller in size, which is not perfect. As a reference, this would be level one on the Bristol Pallet Chart.
"Ideal poop is soft but shaped," says Weinandy. "Not to lose and not to solid."
Dr. John Whyte, M.D., MPH and Chief Medical Officer at WebMd say your poop can also be brighter due to high fat content.
Your pope could smell differently
Anecdotally, Weinandy says that some patients say their bowel movements are more, oh, sharp. "I have a lot of patients complaining that it smells worse," she says. This is because eating a lot of food with a high fat content makes the stool slower through the gastrointestinal tract. As a result, the stool in your system sits for extended periods of time and can be more easily inserted, especially if you eat a lot of protein.
You Can See Blood From Hemorrhoids
Again, this is anecdotal, but some of Weinandy's patients develop hemorrhoids from being hard-constituted. Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the anal canal that have been inflamed from exertion or sitting on the toilet for extended periods, as previously reported. This is because sitting all sitting puts on the connective tissue that keeps the veins in place. People with hemorrhoids may notice some blood when they are dried.
So, how do you prevent these horrible side effects?
Weinandy recommends that you drink a lot of water and take a fiber supplement like psyllium shell. Many keto dieters rely on magnesium powder or pills for poop, which Whyte advises.
"I'm not a fan of just taking supplements or minerals without talking to a doctor," he says. "Depending on an underlying medical condition, they may affect the kidneys or the heart when taken over."
Or you can just give up being ketol-like of Weinandy's patients.
"That [constipation] may be a business deal for some," she says.