As you adapt to your new lifestyle on keto you will notice some changes in your body. Here are some of the most popular body changes people notice while on the ketogenic diet.
Common Keto Symptoms
Some of the symptoms you may be experiencing are:
- Metallic taste in your mouth
- More frequent trips to the bathroom (peeing a lot)
- Pee smells a little funky (like after you’ve eaten asparagus)
- Breath smells a little
- Not hungry/can go longer in between meals and not snacking
- Sustained energy/more concentration/no more 3pm slump
- Tired/a little fatigued
- Ready to completely crash at night
- Sleeping soundly
- Cravings for carbs and sugar slowly starting to decrease
- Bowel movements increase OR decrease, and the texture of poop has changed
- Possible change in menstrual cycle
- Increased exercise endurance
These symptoms are all completely normal!
If you are not experiencing most of these, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re not getting your body into ketosis. We are all different and experience different symptoms.
here are some tips and tricks if you are experiencing some of the above symptoms:
Make sure that if you are thirsty, drink lots of water! Also, add some salt to that water. With many frequent bathroom trips, you may be expelling a lot of electrolytes and need to replenish.
Tired or Have a Headache
If you are tired or have a little headache, you’re getting a bit of the Keto flu. Drink water, rest up, and know that you are getting the toxins out, good stuff in, and that this is your time to do something for yourself, by yourself #badass.
Crashing at Night
If you are crashing at night, keep in mind that your body has been burning fat for fuel and keeping you fueled all day, so by the end of a highly-fueled day, your body is calling for rest to rock your life tomorrow.
Difference in Your Bowels
If your poop is a little heavier/thicker, it’s because the foods you are eating are more nutrient-dense.
Early Aunt Flo Visit
If your period comes late or early (and you’re not pregnant) this is all part of a process of cleaning up your body, and sometimes that will reset hormones.
Outside of weight loss, you will start to understand how different foods affect your body. You may notice that certain sugar substitutes and even fruits spike your insulin levels. A dairy sensitivity that has gone unnoticed may be discovered. You may find that eggs are your least favorite food in the world.
Understand that weight loss varies from person to person.
I have seen people drop 10 pounds in a week, and others take close to a month to see anything close to those results. Be patient with your progress, be proud of any and all weight loss and measurement changes you see, love the process (after all, you’re eating delicious foods!), and adopt the mindset that you are creating long-lasting health benefits.
For women, adopting a ketogenic lifestyle often regulates our hormones
(This is one reason why keto is recommended for women battling infertility). You may get your monthly visitor early, or not at all for a few months.
Ladies, our hormones can play some mean tricks on us. During that time of the month, stay the heck away from the scale!
You can add on as much as 5 pounds of water weight, all while craving a box of chocolates and wanting to curl up in bed with pillows and Rom-Coms.
And no, I’m not being dramatic!
What you can do to stay on track is drink a TON of water with lemon (helps with the bloating), stick to poultry, fish
Sticking to your workout routine will also help regulate your mood.
Priorities with Your Body
As you get to know your body, understand what is important and what is not.
Cholesterol has been demonized for years (just like fat!) as a leading cause of heart attacks. We have got it all wrong, people!
Without cholesterol, which the body actually produces on its own, we would be dead. Pick up the book, “Cholesterol Clarity” by Jimmy Moore if you still have questions and/or are concerned about having “high cholesterol.”
I have said it before and will say it again – and throughout our journey together – sugar is the worst thing for your body and overall health.