After months of hearing celebs and wellness influencers rave about the ketogenic diet, you may be thinking of taking it for a test drive yourself. In theory, it shouldn’t be that hard—all you’ve gotta do is scale down on the carbs, dial up the protein, and eat a lot more fat to reap the ah-mazing benefits, right?
Er, not so fast. The truth is that the ketogenic diet isn’t all avocado roses. In fact, many who take it on without fully understanding the mechanics wind up without the improvements they’d had hoped for—increased energy and focus, improved moods, weight loss—and instead end up suffering from nasty side-effects, warns ketogenic dietitian and Nutricia Keto Ambassador Vanessa Aldaz, MPH, RD, CDE.