Most people who get on a low carb diet go through something known as low carb flu or keto and induction flu. This happens in first few days of the diet during which the body is trying to adapt burning of ketones in place of glucose.
Our bodies burn carbs, glycogen or fat to create energy. In fact the body’s primary source of energy is derived from carb. So when you go off carbs or your intake of carbs are very low, the body starts to exhaust its carbs resource then moves on to glycogen stored in the liver and when that is also depleted, it eventually starts to burn fat.
If the body is used to a high-carb diet and you suddenly start to cut down on it, the body starts to show adjustment effects. Low carb diets, well some of them, limit carbohydrates consumption so much that it can even result in diarrhea and constipation. It is still unclear though of what the long-term risks a low carb diet can cause. Some of the basic symptoms of low carb flu are –
- Upset stomach.
- Lack of mental clarity (brain fog).
Low carb flu is a transitional process and will end. Although it takes a several weeks for your body to complete the conversion from utilizing all carbs to fat for energy, flu lasts mostly for 3 days. By this time, your body would have started to show some positive effects of being on low carbs like decreased appetite, increased energy levels and the irritable levels will also disappear. Once the flu has ended, make sure you drink plenty of water and try chicken broth and foods rich in minerals to make up for all the electrolytes lost during the low carb flu.
Started Slim 4 Life and currently am experiencing this….I feel like crap! I am drinking 100 oz of water a day, very little carbs, am not hungry and I’ve lost 12 pounds my first week! Only 38 weeks to go…