16 Feb ONLINE FEATURE: What Is the Keto Flu, and How Do You Treat It?
If you’re looking into starting the ketogenic diet, it doesn’t take much research before you encounter the dreaded “keto flu.” Symptoms, such as fatigue, headaches and nausea, can be enough to knock even the most dedicated dieter off the wagon. But before you give this low-carb, high-fat diet a no-go, we’ve got some important info about the keto flu, and a few tips for avoiding it.
The Science Behind Ketosis
The ketogenic diet focuses on limiting carbohydrates and increasing fat intake in your diet. With this way of eating, your body operates from the fat you consume, and as a result, you also easily burn fat.
According to Dr. Adam Nally, a board-certified obesity medicine physician, ketogenic expert and author of The Keto Cure, the ketogenic diet also helps reduce insulin overproduction — a common symptom of the American diet. Insulin overproduction can increase the likelihood of developing other chronic diseases, like diabetes and metabolic syndrome.