Trouble with Keto?

Does keto cause diarrhea?

Keto should not cause diarrhea. However it can happen. There are a couple of reasons why diarrhea may occur.

First, you may not be used to digesting the amount of saturated fat required on keto. Your body will produce more bile, which lubricates your colon. Cut back on your oil consumption, especially if it’s in a liquid form like MCT oil. Also reduce the amount of butter and coconut oil you’re consuming. See if that helps.

A more likely reason is that you’re not used to digesting the quantity of vegetables that are recommended in Healthy Keto®. Certain compounds in some vegetables can overwhelm the microbes in your small intestine. Switch the type of vegetables you’re consuming to safer ones: lettuce, cucumber, tomato (which is OK in moderate amounts on keto), zucchini, bell pepper and bean sprouts. And for now, avoid consuming onions, garlic, artichokes, beet root, leeks, Brussels sprouts and cabbage. Also temporarily avoid green beans, avocados, blackberries, cauliflower, mushrooms and fennel.

Stick with the safe vegetables named above, and try consuming fermented vegetables as well.

As your microbes start multiplying and adapting to the safe vegetables, you’ll be able to gradually include more of the ones you were temporarily avoiding. Ease more of them in after three or four weeks. You should no longer get diarrhea on keto.

Last updated: Mar 30, 2023 02:45 AM