What To Expect When You Embark Upon A New Diet

January 12, 2020

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At this time of year, it's quite common for you to have just started a new diet; you might be feeling fantastic, or you might be wondering why you don't and if you should stick it out. It's important to know before starting any form of diet or making a big change in your diet or exercise routine, what to expect when you do this. Of course, it all depends on what it is that you have decided to do this new year, but here are some of the most common things you can expect when you overhaul your diet:

Stomach Issues
It's no real surprise that a drastic change in your diet can leave your stomach not knowing what is going on. Changing to a healthy diet rich in fruit and vegetables can result in you having intestinal gas, stomach bloating and cramping and especially if you add too much fibre too fast. It's a good idea to increase your fibre gradually so that your body has time to adjust and you don't need to stock up on a load of diarrhoea tablets

Low Energy
When you change your diet and find you have fewer calories or carbohydrates, you may find yourself feeling like you have less energy too. It's not uncommon and again is something that you have to allow your body to get used to. 

Loss Of Concentration
Your brain needs to use glucose in order to function properly, so if you are reducing foods, especially carbs, then your brain will be cut off from its main energy source, which can give you brain fog or really affect your mood. 

Acid Reflux
Many people find a high-fat diet can cause acid reflux so if you have started something like the Keto diet and are eating more cheese and red meat than normal these are common heartburn triggers which could become painful.

Feeling Cold
Reducing your calorie intake even slightly can affect your body temperature. If you've recently changed your diet and find that you're feeling cold a lot of the time, then, not eating enough calories could be the cause. 

Trouble Sleeping
When you are feeling hungry, or you aren't allowing yourself to have certain foods, you might find you have difficulty sleeping. Not only might you have difficulty falling asleep, but then your quality of sleep may not be as good as usual either. This is again another side effect that can be tricky when you first change your lifestyle, but it is also something that can right itself as your body gets used to it. 

Ultimately having a healthier diet is beneficial and if you're having bad side effects in the early stages, it's important that you don't get put off. In the end, when you are used to it, you'll find yourself having a fantastic sleep, you'll have clear skin, healthy hair and nails, other medical issues will have gone away and you['ll look and feel great too. It's important to speak to your doctor though about any new diet that you try, so do make sure you are eating and drinking enough.

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