You want to be in ketosis. That’s how you’re going to trim the fat from your body, but when starting out on the keto diet, a lot of people don’t know about some of the unfortunate side effects that come with ketosis. One of those unwanted side effects can be Keto Breath. It’s an unpleasant odor and taste that can come with achieving ketosis. Today, we’re going to look into this side effect. We’ll tell you what it is, why it happens, and how to get rid of Keto Breath! No one wants their breath all janky, so let’s dive right in so you can avoid (or remove) your keto breath and still hit your body goals!
What is Keto Breath?
It doesn’t happen for everyone. Some people actually find it useful. You can be unsure if you’re actually in ketosis so much of the time, but keto breath is a clear indicator that your body is burning fat for energy instead of carbs. To others, it’s an unpleasant odor. It can be fruity, or it can smell heavily of ammonia. If your breath smells like nail polish remover, you’ve achieved ketosis… unfortunately, your breath smells like nail polish remover, and most people don’t want that. A lot of people out there have also reported a metallic taste that comes along with it… so that’s not good either.
What Causes Keto Breath?
It’s an unpleasant side effect of how your body is getting energy now. When the body burns fat, it produces acetone as a by-product. While you usually get acetone out of your body via exhaling or urinating, when you’re burning so much fat, it can overwhelm your system and the odor can become significantly more pronounced. The result is Keto Breath. The good news is that it’s a sign you’re in ketosis, but the bad news is that it can stick around for a while.
How to Stop Keto Breath
- Mints & Gum – Cover it up! Use sugar-free gum, and if the problem isn’t particularly severe, it might be easily concealed. We can’t vouch for the taste going away when the gum loses its flavor though.
- Increase Carbs or Lower Protein Intake – This is a less popular solution for dealing with the problem since it may take you out of ketosis. Less protein may help produce less acetone which may solve the problem. Adjust your protein level before resorting to adjusting carb levels.
- Drink More Water – As we mentioned, your body can get rid of acetone via urine. Drinking more water may help flush your system of the excess.
- Time – Some people have reported that Keto Breath sticks around for months, other say it only lasts a day or two. Sometimes, your body can adjust and fix the problem itself.
Keto Breath | Final Thoughts
No diet is easy, and while this may have been an unforeseen consequence of keto, most people believe it’s worth it to just deal with Keto Breath until they hit their body goals. It all depends on your commitment and what you’re will to put into your weight loss! There’s no one singular solution to help deal with the problem, so if you found one that works for you, great! Keep at it!