Since sugar has been proven to be the most addictive substance in the country (even more addictive than alcohol), your body will go through a withdrawal period, just as an addict would when being cut off from their favorite drug. Don’t worry! It is really common and quite curable.
Symptoms: nausea, cramping, irritability (me af), muscle soreness, insomnia, brain fog, lack of focus, confusion, dizziness and sugar cravings.
HELLO! It is withdrawal.
In the beginning stages of the diet, your water weight is gone first. That means that all those stored, essential electrolytes go with it. Potassium, magnesium and sodium are some key electrolytes your body needs to function properly and optimally.
You know that feeling when you wake up hungover, drink a Gatorade, and instantly feel better? Same effect here. Your body NEEDS those electrolytes. But you can’t drink a Gatorade… because sugar.
- Drink that H2o! My mom is one of those people who have been super fit their whole life. One thing (amongst many) she would always tell me was to make sure you’re drinking ½ your body weight in ounces. So for instance if you weigh 140 lbs., then you should be drinking 70 oz. of water a day. Drink up buttercup!
- Replenish those electrolytes! Try a bone broth (check the nutrition label for carb content) and cut up some veggies such as carrots and celery to throw in. You may also take supplements for magnesium and potassium but… trust me you would rather eat. I felt better almost instantly with this one.
- Eat FAT! No I don’t mean head to your nearest gas station and get your fav bag of chips. I mean eat fats, literally. Great sources of fat include almonds, bacon and my fav… avocado!
4. Make sure your moving. Student sit all day in class and a lot of adults have desk jobs so people sit for 8 hours a day. If you’re not constantly moving all day, then go for a walk or hit the gym. As Elle Woods once said ‘exercise gives you endorphins, and endorphins make you happy’. They also give you energy too.
5. Catch allllll your Zs. Don’t scroll through Facebook right before bed because then you will be stuck for hours. Go to bed at a decent hour and try to get those full 8 hours. Let your body and mind reset from the previous day and prepare for the next.
If you follow these steps, chances are, you will be “keto flu” free!
Trust the process & happy dieting!
(Gif and photo are not mine, found them from Pinterest)