If you've ever been on a Low Carb program, you're bound to have heard of the dreaded Keto Breath. What is it exactly?
The first time I did the keto program, it was an instant sucess for me. I hit ketosis the SECOND DAY!! Oh I was ecstatic and it motivated me to keep going. Then one day and I was exclaiming about my success and how well the program was going and how I was going to continue doing it, my husband burst my bubble. I had NO idea how badly my breath smelled during this program. What??? How could that be? I was eating more fats then meat so it shouldn't smell that bad. Well it does.
According to our friends at WebMD, "Bad breath in the low/no-carb sect is often caused by certain chemicals that are released in the breath as the body burns fat. They are called ketones, and entering into a fat-burning state of ketosis is the hallmark of the Keto or Atkins diet. So the good news is that if your breath stinks, you're probably doing a good job of sticking to that low-carb diet." You are a fat-burning machine and that is definitely a GOOD THING and that's where you want to be. It's not so great for others in your life though.
Let's be realistic though. If you have a spouse, significant other or just talk to people in general, you can't go around with bad breath and expect them too applaud your "fat burning" abilities. No one cares about that when they have to smell something unpleasant. That's why I made the video for you...so you don't have to go through what I went through.
That is a quick fix that I highly recommend. Not only because it will help with the breath issues, but also because it will help with sweet cravings. YUMMY.
Our friends over at Diet Doctor also have a few suggestions as well.
- Use a breath freshener regularly.
- Wait another week or two and hope that it’s temporary (most often it is).
- Reduce the ketosis. If the smell is a long-term problem in your case and you want to get rid of it the easy way is to reduce the ketosis. This means eating a bit more carbs, 50-70 grams per day is usually enough to get out of ketosis. Of course this will somewhat reduce the effect of the low-carb diet, when it comes to weight loss and diabetes etc., but for some people it can still be powerful enough. Another option is to eat 50-70 grams of carbs per day and add some intermittent fasting. This can get you the same effect as a strict low-carb diet… without the smell.
Either way you decide to go, this is evidence that this program works. Be proud of yourself and keep eating that fat!