For a while now I have had a plan to do this Keto thing. I made this whole plan about going Keto from May 1. Thirty days of being really focused on not eating carbs. I decided that maybe I should start this process earlier so May turned into April. So on April 1, armed with limited knowledge of what Ketosis is, I stopped eating carbs.
PEOPLE DO NOT TELL YOU ENOUGH ABOUT GOING KETO
So what is this post about? I am going to expose some things that I learned while trying to dig deeper in to this keto thing.
1. Keto Flu
2. Instant Dehydration
3. Fiber is your friend
4. Carbs are everywhere
So starting with point 1, Keto flu is not going to be mentioned if you google Keto diet and click the first link… Actually it won’t be in 5 links. YOU HAVE TO DIG FOR THIS NONSENSE! Keto flu is a real thing that doesn’t really get talked about, but I want people to know, we have to spread awareness. So backstory, I have done major dietary changes before and your body will adjust and during that period, typically, your body will manifest some sort of oddity. In my experience, going from eating whatever you eat normally to getting jacked on supplements and protein shakes twice a day will manifest “Protein Farts.” These are super stank and gassy farts that happen when your body is adjusting to a sudden increase of protein intake. Keto flu is the protein fart of ketosis. You get legit flu symptoms, my nose was running, my eyes watering, I was not sure what was going on. I just knew I was sick. This apparently is a normal occurrence. It is simply your body adjusting, but for me it was a shocking moment and I was on the cusp of calling in sick.
Drink a ton of water friends. No like… more than that. If you are not accustomed to drinking about a gallon of water a day you are in for a rude awakening. This is yet another thing I was not knowledgeable about when I started Keto. Having clear or slight yellow tinge to your urine is a sign of healthy kidney function and hydration. This is where I am normally pre-keto. Lighter is better but being Keto, your urine can get quite dark which shows signs of dehydration and possible renal failure. Not only can you get dehydrated extremely quickly but the things that come with dehydration are terrible, namely, headaches. You have to drink water almost constantly and make sure you are hydrated. Also Powerade zero is a good choice. Another thing I suggest investing in is MIO, or any product similar to that. Drinking plain water gets quite annoying.
I was not sure about the carb count with Keto. If you read one place it will say 25 carbs per day. Another place will say 50 carbs a day. One says total carbs, one says net carbs. Yet another will say never exceed 5% carbs in your macro nutrients. To this day, I am not sure which is correct so I do a combo. I do net carbs of 25 or less, total carbs of 50, never exceeding 5% total macros. This is a complex game of chess when choosing the foods you eat. Fiber helps you to stay under the 25 carb cap. Be mindful of your fiber intake and be sure to subtract it from your total carbs to see your net.
Speaking of carbs, they are everywhere. Carbs will sneak attack you while you’re sleeping. I was hanging out with my son and a carb just walked straight up to me and said “I’m coming in.” Carbs are in all of your favorite things… at least they are in all of my favorite things. I love oranges, like 6 oranges a day love. I love potatoes, basically in every form. I love corn, pretty much anyway I can get it. All of my favorites have carbs all up in there. I like other fruits as well but you just can’t do it on Keto. Just walk past all fruits. Walk past all things considered a starch. Just don’t do it.
I hope this info helps somebody out there.
-Arrogancy, Keto Gamer