Pay Attention: 10 Signs You’re Eating Too Much Meat

With so much media attention on the obesity epidemic that is prevalent in the world today, people are frantically trying to lose weight. Although a high protein diet might work, it has some side effects that can be mighty uncomfortable.

The most common diet today that uses low-carbs and high-protein intake is the Atkins diet. If you're experiencing some discomfort on a high protein-diet, check out the 10 symptoms below to see if you might be eating too much meat.

1. Dehydration.

  • With the lack of carbohydrates, your body starts to burn its own fat reserves, producing ketones.
  • As a result, MedicineNet states that your body experiences a "loss of water through the kidneys," resulting in dehydration.

2. Fatigue.

  • Although this could prove to be temporary, the Mayo Clinic say to expect to see some fatigue as you cut carbs.
  • MedicineNet also points out that a high-protein diet can also create fatigue.

3. Dizziness.

  • MedicineNet lists dizziness as another sign of consuming too much meat in your diet.

4. Headaches.

  • The Mayo Clinic lists headaches as a possible short-term side effect of reducing carbs while MedicineNet includes them as an effect for too much meat.

5. Heart palpitations.

  • Also included in MedicineNet's list of symptoms for too much protein, be on the lookout for heart palpitations.

6. Kidney stones.

  • A high-protein diet causes the body to excrete excess calcium through the kidneys, according to Physicians Committee, and create kidney stones.

7. Weakness.

  • The Mayo Clinic states that muscle weakness may be noticed as a result of a high-protein, low-carb diet.

8. Constipation.

  • Another possible side effect of a too much meat is constipation according to the Mayo Clinic.

9. Diarrhea.

  • On the flip side, diarrhea may be what hits instead.

10. Bad breath.

  • WebMD states that the chemicals your body produces to burn fat create bad breath.
  • According to Berkeley Wellness, the key to eating healthy is "to eat mostly foods derived from plants—vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes (beans, peas, lentils)—and limit highly processed foods."
  • By eating a balanced diet, you can avoid the uncomfortable side effects above and feel good about what you eat too!



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