Many years ago, during one of my many attempts to lose weight, I followed the Atkins diet. Consuming large amounts of fatty animal protein left me feeling sick, bloated, malnourished, and fatigued. I can only imagine how much cholesterol and plaque built up in my arteries, plus the strain I placed on my liver. High levels of protein are unnecessary, not healthy, and can be incredibly dangerous. Dr. John McDougall calls high protein diets as a "way to trade your health for temporary weight loss."
Our brain requires at least 130 grams of carbohydrate a day - the food of choice for our mind is glucose...and our body can only make that glucose from carbs. Without it we can experience side effects like headaches, memory loss, bone loss, muscle atrophy, and more. Registered Dietitian Devrie Pettit talks about the dangers of metabolic acidosis, digestive complaints, and the 'keto flu' in a KSL article posted July 31, 2018, read it here.
I've made plenty of dietary mistakes in my life believing that I was eating for my health, and have also eaten poorly in direct disregard for my health. Learning from my mistakes and applying sound principals have saved my life and given me a higher quality of life. If you are feeling poorly - take a close look at your diet. You are in charge of your health and can make changes to improve it.
Be Well! ~Tiffany