This popular diet emphasizes a high protein and fat diet that restricts carbohydrates.

It forces the body to a state of ketosis.

Ketosis makes the body to burn fat instead of carbohydrates.

Protein is used for fuel and energy.

The body begins to undergo changes usually within 48-72 hours.

A common side effect is muscle cramping due to the lack of carbohydrates.

Avoiding dehydration is essential. Skin bruising, dark colored urine and bad breath may also be experienced.

Folks tend to see a loss of belly fat first.

Taking a multivitamin is recommended during this time.

Daily exercise is essential to keep the muscles moving. As with any diet, make sure you check with your MD ahead of time.

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