Keto Diet – The First Week
If you are just starting out in keto, or if you have tried keto a few times and not really made it very far, then this is for you.
There is no doubt that keto works. And it works great…if you can stick through the rough times.
Many people who start the keto diet, don’t fully grasp what happens, especially at the beginning.
Your body will change in ways you aren’t used to.
Some people go through what is called the ‘Keto Flu’. When you feel like you have the flu, you just want it to stop. It might cause you to go off the diet.
Actually, you can almost always prevent keto flu.
Here’s how. Drink a LOT of fluids. Drink a lot of water with keto friendly electrolytes in them. Sip on broth during the day, since it contains lots of salt.
It’s an imbalance of electrolytes that is one of the main causes of keto flu. Don’t be afraid to use salt in the keto diet.
When you first start burning fat cells, the process of taking the waste material out of the body also removes electrolytes with it. So you have to be pro active and stay hydrated!
The next big hurdle that can hits in the the keto diet – the first week.
Brain fog happens because of how the brain uses glycogen, which is blood sugar. The brain uses a lot of energy to function.
To get into ketosis, we are switching the body from using glycogen for energy, to actually converting fat into ketones.
The brain actually works a lot better on ketones than it does on sugar. The problem comes when you are changing from sugar to ketones.
The brain gets a little foggy because you are in the middle of the switch. It is trying to use glycogen, but you got all the sugar out of your blood.
As it starts to get used to burning ketones for energy, your brain will actually work better. If you can just hang on and get through the valley of fog, you will reach the mountain of clear vision.
There aren’t many tricks to help with brain fog. Just be patient and it will go away in a few days. Keep drinking.your liquid. That’s the deal with the keto diet – the first week.
Just know you are going to be feeling off for a week or 10 days. If you know it’s coming, it won’t freak you out. Be patient, drink your electrolytes, and you will be great.
You will be great AND skinny.
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