Dealing with Keto Flu

Dealing with Keto Flu

July 22, 2019 10 By William Morgan


Puh Puh PuPuh Puh. Hi, I’m Aaron. Welcome to A.D. Keto. This
is where we talk all about the ketogenic
diet.
Today’s topic is keto adaptation also
known as the Keto Flu. So what is the Keto Flu? It’s when your body changes from
using glucose and using carbs for its
energy source, and it makes that switch
over to using fat and ketones. And that
process means that your body is going
through changes — your liver’s doing
different things, your hormones are doing
different things, and this keto flu is
probably the top reason why people don’t
stick with low carb diet. I myself had
dizziness, fogginess, aches, cramps, I had
some really bad calf cramps in the
middle of the night. I woke up to my
calves just sort of completely cramped
up. I was also a little… irregular, shall
we say? So those first few days were
pretty rough. I was eating tons of fat,
and in my head, I was thinking that
conventional wisdom that, “I’m eating all
this fat. I’m going to make myself fat,
and clog my arteries. I’m going to die.”
But that is just not true. Fat doesn’t
make you fat. Fat in the presence of
carbohydrates is a bad situation,
but fat in the absence of carbs is a
fantastic source of energy. So when I did
break through those first few days after
the keto flu, I woke up and I knew that
my body had made the switch. I felt
fantastic.
The headaches were gone, the fogginess
was gone. My mood swings disappeared,
energy went through the roof. And when I
ate, I knew that I was full. So the one
thing I wish I had done in this early
fat adaptation phase is to take some
supplements. One of the very common
things that happens during the keto flu
is your electrolytes get all out of whack.
So the cramps and headaches usually are
caused by electrolyte imbalance, and
taking a magnesium supplement, taking a
multivitamin, and taking some fish oil I
feel, would have helped me greatly — would have definitely taken care of the cramps
that I had. I’m not trying to give any
medical advice, but this is what I know
would have made this phase — the
adaptation phase– go much more smoothly.
That said, it wasn’t too bad. I fought through the first three days, and then day four,
felt fantastic. So how about
you guys? Did you have the keto flu? Was it
easy? Was it really difficult? How did you
handle it? How long did it last?
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