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What Happens In The First Few Days Of A Ketogenic Diet?

The ketogenic diet comes with the caveat of experiencing the keto flu. The keto flu can stop you from getting into ketosis quickly as it may place a psychological barrier in from of you preventing you from continuing with the diet. Here’s a basic outline on why keto flu occurs and the simple and effective steps you can take to minimise the negative effects. The keto flu is generally a sign that the ketogenic diet is working. There are some measures you can take to firstly, speed up how quickly you get into ketosis and secondly reduce the symptoms of the keto flu. Ketosis (using fat for energy) occurs when your diet is comprised of high fat and low carb. Generally, this entails consuming 5% carbohydrates (or 50g per day). The keto flu describes the symptoms (flu-like) which come when people transition from using glucose as their primary source of fuel to ketones as their primary source of fuel. The body may fail to quickly enough as it struggles to use the dramatic change in macronutrient ratios effectively. Flu symptoms may include: Fatigue Craving for sugary foods Nausea Headaches Brain fog Problems sleeping Irritability The keto-flu duration and severity is different for everyo Continue reading >>

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  1. W. Prins

    On the initial stages of a ketogenic diet you typically keep your carb intake per day ideally less than 25g. Eating one serving of kamut therefore nearly doubles that budget all by itself, so it’s not surprising that it might interfere or disrupt ketosis.

  2. Stephen Thomas

    Hi,
    Kamut is high in carbohydrates and subtraction of its fibre content (which is essentially what the ‘net carbs’ means) does not negate its high carbohydrate contents effect on the body that much.
    To be in ketosis you need to have around 30g of carbohydrates per day (or less but some people can stay in ketosis at higher levels)
    So let’s assume you’re in the average range of needed 30g of carbohydrates to stay in ketosis. Kamut has 70g for one 100g serving. It’s simply too high in carbs for most people.

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  3. John Limansky

    Great question. In general the idea of net carbs is a farce. Net carbs are calculated taking total carbohydrate content and subtracting the fiber portion to come up with a net carb total. Unfortunately, the net carb is usually underestimating real carb intake and thus kicking you out of ketosis. It’s important to understand how the food you are consuming is impacting your body specifically. Some can tolerate 20-gm or 50 gm or 100 gm before being kicked out of ketosis, while others who are quite insulin/leptin resistant will need to significantly reduce their carbohydrate intake to achieve real ketosis. My advice would be to avoid grains in general if trying to maintain ketosis. Hope that helps!

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