The keto diet is a high fat, moderate protein, and low carb diet. If you’re thinking about transitioning to it, read this blog: it will give you all the information you need to know about the keto diet, and whether or not it’s right for you! What that blog doesn’t cover, though, is a common side effect of the diet: the keto flu.
The Keto Flu
As a result of switching from a high-carb diet to a low-carb diet, many individuals have reported experiencing what is known as “the keto flu”. This can result in flu-like symptoms such as:
- Poor concentration
- Sugar cravings
The keto flu usually shows up within the first few days of the diet, and lasts for about a week. In extreme cases it’s been shown to last 1 month, but that’s quite uncommon! The good news is that there are some tricks to get rid of it faster.
- Drink water. Make sure you stay hydrated!
- Reduce your caffeine intake. Cut back on coffee during the keto flu and try and switch to tea.
- Replace your electrolytes. Focus on upping your salt, potassium and magnesium intake. Try sipping broths.
- Make sure you eat enough fats!
- Light exercise. Don’t go to a HIIT class or anything, but try some gentle exercise like a walk or easy yoga class.
Bottom line: don’t be discouraged by the keto flu — it will pass! And these tips and tricks should speed up the process and make it more manageable. Once it goes away, you can go back to enjoying your new diet.