In this article, we dig deeper to understand everything about the keto diet and why it makes one feel eneargetic during the day and might keep us up at night.
The keto diet involves reducing carbohydrates intake and replacing it with fats.
This makes your body very effective at burning fat to release energy. You will, therefore, find yourself energetic throughout the day and possibly awake at night.
It is not easy to make the transition to a ketogenic lifestyle especially when your body has become used to the standard and traditional diet which is mostly based on carbohydrates.
Once you adopt this diet fully, you will probably notice that your body is full of energy at most times of the day or even at night.
Scientific insight on how the keto diet boosts energy
When you are on the keto diet, your body’s efficiency in burning fats to producing energy is highly increased. Also, at the liver, the fats are turned into the ketones hence supplying energy meant for the brain.
Most people’s bodies usually function on energy from carbs. The body makes carbs the primary source of energy hence that “sluggish”, bored and tired feeling and then still longing for the next meal to energize the body once again.
This method of eating can form a destructive cycle that can lead to low energy, overeating, and even low fat storage. The contrary is true for the keto diet, and you can never experience any of these adverse effects once you are Keto adapted (or fat- adapted).
When you are eating Keto your body is breaking down fats into energy to compensate for energy shortage resulting from lack of carbohydrates.
The average individual on the Standard American Diet (SAD) takes about 225 grams of carbs on a daily basis. Switching to the keto diet reduces this intake to around 50 grams of carbs or even less. (In my Keto Coaching program, our goal is net 20 carbs: Total carbohydrates – Fiber = Net Carbs).
This conditions your body to start utilizing the stored fats instead of relying on carbs to produce energy.
The human body is designed in a manner that the primary source of energy is carbs. But when they are not available, it can get energy from the excess fats without pressing you so hard for extra energy.
A popular ingredient added to many keto recipes and shakes is MCT oil which is derived from coconut oil. It’s immediately processed as energy. If you are finding yourself zooming at bed time, make sure you are not digesting these kinds of fats a short time before bed.
Consider closing the kitchen much earlier. And it’s OK because when you are eating keto, you are generally full from all those healthy fats.
You may notice that you start enjoying a continuous flow of the keto energy throughout the day since you stop interfering with the levels of sugar in your blood. The result is the ability to conquer the afternoon weaknesses and laziness caused by less energy in the body regardless of whether you have taken a meal or not. No more brain fog!!
General effects during transition
Transitioning rom a normal diet to the keto diet could either be easy or challenging depending on the previous weight of carbs in your diet. There is, therefore, a possibility that your level of energy can be affected in one way or the other.
Though it is rare, some people experience the keto flu during the transition. This is a condition that is similar to the actual flu though it is not. Some of the keto flu signs include nausea, stomachache, irritability, brain fog, and confusion. However, you should not get worried because it just happens for a while as the body gets used to the ketosis.
At such a time, your energy level is minimal, and you might also experience some other discomforts. To cope with this condition, you should minimize both physical and mental activities.
After a day or two, you will start experience a difference in the level of energy because your body will have transited fully to the ketones energy. The new source of energy continues to give you strength throughout the period you are on the ketosis.
The keto diet is indeed an effective way to ensure you are always full of energy. Having known the effects of carbs on your energy levels, you can only do yourself a favor by adjusting to keto diet as soon as possible. However, be ready to bear the tough transition period before you get into ketosis.
If you are experiencing extreme energy at bed time, shut off your kitchen earlier. Those fats may be keeping you up. In addition, pass on the Exogenous ketones and MCT oils.
I personally take my magensium at bed time which makes me sleepy. I also take 10mg of melatonin when needed.
Most find deep sleep is wonderful once the transition has been made.