A big part of the ketogenic diet is entering ketosis, where your body starts to produce ketones.
When this happens, you begin burning fat for energy, helping you to lose weight at a more rapid pace. It isn’t always easy to know when you have reached ketosis, but there are definitely some side effects you should keep an eye out for.
Most people starting on the keto diet experience this when they go into ketosis.
It won’t happen to everyone…
(It sure did to me!)
But if you notice you are beginning to have flu-like symptoms and you have been on keto for about a week or so, you may now be entering ketosis.
If you are feeling these:
- hot flashes
- cold sweats
- muscle cramps
- increased temperature, and
- feeling queasy,
you may be in ketosis. Sometimes, the symptoms are so subtle you won’t even feel you are in ketosis, but for me, entering into ketosis was so severe I can barely get up!
I figured that not getting enough electrolytes may be the reason. Luckily, somebody sent me Dr. Berg’s Electrolyte Powder.
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You are always thirsty and you always want to pee!
Being in ketosis makes you pee a lot! This means food and water is going to move more quickly through your digestive system.
You may notice that you are taking bathroom breaks more than you used to. Deym, you even have to get up more than once in the middle of the night to pee!
It does get fine in a while. A bit. But anyway, frequently peeing while in ketosis is a good thing. You will feel that you are not bloated anymore. And oh, expect to be more thirsty as well .
You are not that hungry anymore (and you don’t crave as much anymore).
Being in ketosis makes you less hungry. Cravings? Err, what are they?
This is why you should stick to keto.
Even if it is hard.
Even if you feel like you have the flu.
Once you reach the stage when you are not that hungry anymore and you are not craving for sugar anymore, this is ketosis.
You feel tired.
While some people have more energy while on keto, others experience less. This fatigue is often just in the beginning of entering ketosis before your body adjusts to the changes. Don’t stress about getting in a lot of exercise during this time; just stick to your diet and make sure you are getting your electrolytes.