Getting into a particular diet to improve your health is great. Sometimes, it takes a while to find the one that will work for you and that you can stick to. But whatever diet you choose, you need to do a lot of research on its effects on the body. Many fads out there advertise how fast you can lose weight, but they seldom discuss what your body is going to go through during the process. This is what we are going to do. Let us discuss the effects of the Keto Diet on your body starting on your first week.
As you probably know already, the keto diet makes you use fat as fuel instead of carbohydrates. Your diet includes high protein, high (natural) fat, and fiber from fruit and vegetables. You will still be able to have carbs but only minimal, somewhere around 5% of your meal. Because of this significant change in your diet, naturally, your body will react strongly and you will feel different.
What happens to your body when you do a keto diet and how does it affect you?
The first thing that you will most probably experience is the “Keto flu”. If your body normally relies on glucose as a source of energy, you will feel symptoms of the keto flu such as dizziness, insomnia, fatigue, fogginess, and food cravings. The body normally adapts to the keto diet in four weeks on average, so expect these symptoms to disappear after. Keep in mind that each person reacts differently so expect others to ease into the diet quite easily while others have a hard time. If you are experiencing the latter, it may be better if you gradually decrease your carb intake rather than doing it suddenly.
You may also experience constipation as while your gut is getting used to your new diet. This does not just happen when one is doing the keto diet. Constipation is normal for people who makes significant changes in his or her diet. You can alleviate this by drinking plenty of water and keeping yourself hydrated, and by taking enough salt.
Loss of salt in the body
When you are no longer taking in large amounts of carbohydrates, your body will eventually burn your stored glucose. When this happens, water is released into your blood and exits though the urine. During this process, salt in the body could be depleted which will make you feel dizzy and have headaches. Make sure that you hydrate yourself by drinking lots of water and you could put a little bit of salt in it.