A low-carb diet can help you lose weight because it turns on fat-burning processes, known as “dietary ketosis.” These ketones are also thought to have an appetite suppressant effect.
But when large amounts of ketones are produced, your body can become quickly dehydrated — a major problem faced by those on a low-carb diet, says Doris Pasteur, MD, director of the Nutrition Wellness program at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City.
The solution: Drink more water.
“The lower your carb intake, the greater your risk of dehydration and subsequently the greater your need for water,” says Pasteur. Most low-carb diet experts suggest drinking at least 2 quarts of water daily.
In addition to keeping you adequately hydrated — which can also help alleviate constipation — drinking lots of water can also help offset still another low-carb diet problem: bad breath. The ketones produced during the diet can lead to what is sometimes described as a fruity odor although it is often described as having an almost “chemical” odor similar to acetone or nail polish remover. Continue reading…