What To Do When You Can't Poop on Keto Diet?
With the ketogenic diet, a person starves their body of carbohydrates and forces it to burn fat for energy instead. As a result, people can lose weight and get in shape at the same time. If they are scrupulous in adhering to the diet, their body will achieve a more or less permanent state of ketosis where the burning of fats becomes the norm, rather than the emergency fallback position nature intended. It's a proven way to lose weight and keep it off, but it's not without its side effects. Perhaps the best known of these is what's called the "Keto Flu." It's not actually the flu but rather a collection of symptoms that mimic the flu including a runny nose, nausea, fatigue, and headaches. A lesser known but perhaps more vexing side effect of the diet is constipation, and in this article we're going to look at the issue of not pooping on the keto diet.
Are You Constipated on Keto? Here’s What to Do...
The keto/poop connection is not talked about all that much because, well, who wants to make their bowel movements the topic of conversation when meeting up with friends?
“Hi, how are you?”
"I haven't had a bowel movement in a week."
All kidding aside though becoming seriously constipated is no joke so we need to take a look at the issue of not pooping on keto and what you can do about this particular side-effect.
If you experience constipation as a result of being on the low-carb diet, don't despair. There are a number of steps you can take to resolve the keto poop issue, including all of the above. If you work your way through this entire list however and are still constipated it's then time to see your doctor and discuss the issue with him or her, since there may be something else going on. Keep in mind too that if you revert to OTC solutions you don't want those to become standard operating procedure. They'll do in a pinch but it's important to find long-term, natural solutions within the confines of the diet itself.