During your first few days of Keto you can have symptoms and think keto just isn’t right for you, don’t worry it WILL pass.
The keto flu is a collection of flu like symptoms that you can experience when you first start the ketogenic diet because of the reduction in carbs.
Signs of the keto flu can start within the first few days of cutting back on your carbs. That feeling of having the flu is because your body is essentially going through withdrawal while it switches over to using fat as its primary fuel source instead of Carbohydrates. But you have to remember that changing from a high carb to a very low-carb diet is a huge change, your body needs time to make the adjustment to this new way of eating.
The symptoms of the Keto Flu range from mild to severe and vary from person to person. Some people can changeover to this way of eating without any side effects at all. The symptoms usually only last about a week, but some people can experience them for longer.
Having these side effects can make you want to give up, but there are ways to reduce your symptoms by:
· staying hydrated
· keeping up on your electrolytes
· getting adequate sleep every night
· avoiding strenuous activities
· making sure you get enough fat
· cutting out your carbs gradually instead of all at once.
When you are following the ketogenic diet, you are giving your body exactly what it needs while removing the toxins that will slow it down.
Since eliminating most carbs means you are already consuming healthier foods and reducing your insulin spikes, you will also be consuming fewer calories and running on a better fuel source. This helps you lose weight, and improve your overall health.