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Keto Flu: What It Is And What To Do

Keto flu is the name given to a set of symptoms that some people experience when starting the ketogenic diet. It can last a week or two or sometimes longer, depending on the individual. Sometimes people think this means the keto diet is not healthy, doesn’t work for them, or even that their body needs carbohydrates. Don’t allow yourself to believe that. These symptoms simply mean that your body has been dependent on carbs and is now experiencing carb withdrawal. This happens because you are making a metabolic change to your body by causing it to switch from burning glucose to burning fat. The intensity of the keto flu may vary based on how many carbs you ate previously. Or, you may be one of those fortunate people who experience no symptoms. However, it’s best to be prepared and know what to do in case you do have them. Symptoms of keto flu can include the following: Headaches Nausea Constipation or diarrhea Dizziness Fatigue/weakness Irritability Brain fog Insomnia Heart palpitations Muscles cramps Carb cravings There are specific things you can do to help your body adjust to keto and to minimize keto flu symptoms. I will discuss these below. The number one thing is to drink Continue reading >>

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  1. taymozz

    Hi ladies, I just started low carbing about three weeks ago.I kind of started doing it accidently because I was trying to calorie count and keep below 1400 cals a day and decided it would be easiest if I stopped having lots of carbs to keep calories down. This kind of morphed into atkins over a few days ( after reading up about low carbing), so I didnt exaactly do a strict induction. At first I lost about 7lbs but seem to have stopped losing already ( stayed at 9,8 for last few days) . I started at 10 stone 1 and went down to 9 stone 8. At first I felt really tired and found myself having the odd nap when I could which is very out of character for me. I got some keto sticks and found I was in keto so think I had a keto flu. Anyway, after a few days of feeling totally shattered, all of a sudden I couldnt get to sleep at all. I've spent the last four nights lying awake and probably got about two hours sleep each night. The weirdest thing is that I wasn't at all tired during the day, but I love my sleep ( I have a two year old so sleep is my sanctury ) I looked this up on tinternet and found out this is quite common with atkins. People advised to eat some carbs, called carb cycling, to help me sleep so yesterday I had a bit of toast for breakfast and half a baked pot for lunch. Last night I slept like a dream and my weight hadnt changed this morning but I'm terrified I will pile weight back on if I eat any more carbs. I feel really emotional today and confused as to what to do! Theres so much conflicting advice out there. Sorry about the long rant but I was just wondering if anyones had experiance of this. Should I start over again or have a little carb. Argghh! Why can't I make bloody decisions!

  2. strawmama

    I would suggest starting back over. You've only been at it for a short while, and it will take a little time for all the benefits of keto to kick in. I know once I got past the keto flu and all that (about 5 weeks in initially), I slept like a baby and still do. I've also noticed where before I needed at least 8+ hours of sleep, I now only need about 4-6.

  3. MzSmythe

    I would suggest starting back over. You've only been at it for a short while, and it will take a little time for all the benefits of keto to kick in. I know once I got past the keto flu and all that (about 5 weeks in initially), I slept like a baby and still do. I've also noticed where before I needed at least 8+ hours of sleep, I now only need about 4-6.
    ^ This
    I had the same problems last time I did keto properly, and it took me 5 or 6 weeks to properly adjust. Now I get naturally tired about 10pm and sleep straight through til the alarm at 6.30am, but no longer need to hit snooze!
    Also - are you still having caffeine? I found it a struggle to give up, but it seemed to help me

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Ketogenic Diet Side Effects

Keto side effects So we know that a side effect of ketosis is weight loss, but what other side effects are there? Not everyone will experience any of these or all of these. It really depends on your body chemistry. Well, here is the positive and the negative of it! The Negatives: Keto flu – Usually occurs in the first week, but really can happen anytime we are not ensuring electrolytes and water are in check! It really does feel like the flu, headaches, brain fog, feeling tired, nausea and muscle cramps. Muscle Cramps – This is a side effect of mineral loss, in particular magnesium. Making sure to drink plenty of water and managing electrolytes is key to warding of muscle cramps. Bad Breath – This is caused by ketones. It produces a fruity smell similar to nail polish remover. It is usually temporary while the body becomes more adapted to ketosis. This is NOT a dental problem, the smell is actually coming from your lungs. Maintaining good oral health and drinking plenty of water can help. As it keeps the mouth fresh and prevents other odors from mixing with the acetone smells. If it becomes a real issue try reducing your ketosis by increasing your carbohydrate intake. Fatigue Continue reading >>

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  1. AshSimmonds

    This will be a huge field in coming years, I was a bit "meh" when I first heard about them - kinda like the idea of the whole raspberry ketone scam - however having seen more information there actually seems like there's a fair bit of promise in them.
    I'm still a bit wary of the idea, keto-adaptation takes a fair while to properly take, I'm not 100% convinced flooding the body with ketones is ideal considering even a regular low-carber still spills a bunch of ketones in urine and breath. I'll need to see some data on actual utilisation vs waste.


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Keto Flu

Hello, how are you all doing? Myself, I’ve been feeling a little under the weather. I’ve had an annoying case of the Keto Flu. For any who are not aware of what the Keto Flu is, here’s the short answer, it’s an adjustment period when your body switches over from burning carbs for energy to burning fat for energy. Here are the symptoms I’ve been experiencing; * headache * tiredness * nausea * jitters * sugar and carb cravings * excess thirst * excess urination Others may experience; * brain fog * dizziness * insomnia * diarrhea * constipation * muscle soreness and/or cramping If you’re considering going on a Keto diet, don’t let the Keto Flu stop you. Not everyone experiences it, and not everyone who has symptoms, have severe symptoms. My symptoms were intermediate. Somewhere between feeling my normal self and the real flu. My most prominent symptoms were tiredness and headache, nothing an ibuprofen and a short nap didn’t clear up. The jitters and excess urination were somewhat problematic at work and in the middle of the night. I wouldn’t say I had insomnia but I have had to get up several times to pee during the night. I only had carb and sugar cravings for the f Continue reading >>

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  1. tecleaf

    > Insomnia and no energy

    Hi everyone,
    I may be jumping the gun here as I'm just 2-and-a-half weeks into my low carb eating plan, and I'm exhausted! I keep reading that it takes a couple of days to a couple of weeks to get used to it, and so far it just isn't happening for me.
    I began eating low carb through giving up grains, which I did because I suffered really badly from fatigue and brain fog - especially after meals but really throughout most of the day - and so far I feel worse! My mood has improved and physically in all other ways I feel fine, I have dropped a few pounds, but my sleep is shot and I have ZERO energy. It literally feels like there is nothing going into my muscles and my limbs feel so heavy. I love to exercise and for the past 2 weeks I have barely managed the walk to and from work (only about a 3 mile round trip) let alone a proper workout! Some days are better than others, but for the most part, I feel knackered and like I just want to go to sleep. Then I wake up in the night, no matter how tired I am.
    Am I too quick to worry? I know some people must just take longer to adapt than others but I suppose I would just like some reassurance that it will happen :) If it's of interest, I'm eating about 30-40 grams of carbs a day, all in the form of vegetables and a few berries, 70-80 grams of protein, and the rest healthy fats. About 1400-1500 kcals per day. I was just under 20g carbs a day for about a week, but I found that increasing has improved the sleep problem slightly, although I am still not sleeping well by any stretch of the imagination.
    I've tried chromium, bouillon, water, giving up caffeine after about 11 am. Any advice would be gratefully received!
    Or if I'm overreacting to the carb flu, tell me to get a grip and wait it out :)

  2. zogo

    I would try taking chelated magnesium to improve your sleep. Maybe, in turn, a good nights sleep will help your energy level.
    Do a little research on magnesium/sleep/low carb. Dr Michael Eades advises that we don't get enough magnesium on low carb.
    Hang in there, you will find a balance (and some energy) I'm sure.

  3. JEY100

    Welcome, I see it is your first post. In general your diet looks good; if you are under 50g carbs, you should have some bouillon everyday. Dr. Eades gives one of the best summaries of the whys and what to do starting low carb as relates to fatigue and other symptoms, using sodium, magnesium and potassium, here:
    http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/saturated-fat/tips-tricks-for-starting-or-restarting-low-carb-pt-ii/
    Oops, see that zogo beat me to it with the same advice...great minds.... magnesium definitely helps me too.

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