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Troubleshooting Headaches On The Keto Diet

The keto diet is known to help improve brain function to achieve peak performance. You will feel more energy, and put an end to brain fog once and for all. It was initially developed as a way to treat patients suffering with epilepsy, and had great success. Click here to learn more about that! One unpleasant side effect you may experience in the beginning is headaches. These keto headaches should only last for the amount of time you are transitioning from a sugar-burner to a fat-burner. If you are experiencing headaches during the first week of starting the keto diet, it is most likely caffeine and glucose withdrawals. Your body is used to using glucose as its primary form of energy, so it will send signals to you to give it more of this quick source of energy. You may also experience flu-like symptoms, such as feeling tired and nauseous. If this is the case, these ketogenic diet headaches should dissipate within a week. During this week, do your best to reduce stress. That means physical stress (pull back on your high intensity workouts as you will not have the energy you need until you are fat-adapted), and emotional stress (don't put added pressures onto yourself, such as agreei Continue reading >>

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  1. Blackgold86

    Just wanted to say thank you to this forum in general. I have been keto-ing since the end of May (CKD and then switched to SKD when I found this forum)... Now into week 3 of no refeeds and have been struggling with a PERSISTENT headaches and foggyness. Thought my body was struggling without the refeeds, was about to plan one for this weekend!
    Tried Gatorade Zero, Tried adding salt, tried fat bombs... Nothing worked until this morning..
    I usually have a coffee when I get to work with a small amount of butter and coconut oil and salt in it. Then today, I doubled the amounts of it all, and now I have no headache and more energy than I know what to do with.
    TL;DR : I came THIS close to doing another refeed because I thought it was my body telling me I needed carbs. Took your advice about fats and feel better already... THANK YOU!

  2. Cheesius

    Awesome! Nothing is more disheartening than "But I am sure I'm doing everything right, and NOTHING is working!" It almost always turns out I'm not doing everything right after all.
    That's the thing that I learned, when I get out of keto, I spend a day eating SO much fat, and SO much salt (and plenty of potassium salt), and it really helps me get back in. But fat is really the key.

  3. JTfromOKC

    Nothing is more disheartening than "But I am sure I'm doing everything right, and NOTHING is working!" It almost always turns out I'm not doing everything right after all.
    This part of your post really stood out to me. I'm only 5.5 weeks into Keto but I'm also 3.5 weeks into zero weight loss. Yes I've read about PISS and most people say it resolves in 1-2 weeks. However going this long without weight loss is starting to make me wonder if I am indeed doing it right or not.
    I see conflicting information even here on /r/keto. Some say don't worry about calories just eat more fat, others say it's critical to keep calories below X. It's hard to know what the right things to do are.
    I dunno, I'm ketoing on but disheartening is a word that perfectly describes my mood this week.

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