Adapting to a Keto Lifestyle from our SAD (Standard American Diet) of high carbs and lots of sugars can be a little daunting sometimes. High carbs and sugars cause us to go from being high energy to crashing and needing more carbs and sugar to get that energy boost again. You’re left feeling sluggish. The science behind how a keto diet improves energy is we go from SAD – where most people eat 225g of carbs a day to a keto diet where we try to eat 50g or less. This forces the body to a “fat adapted” state where it relies on fat stores instead of carbs for energy. Your body can tap into those stores anytime for energy. So no more spiking and crashing – you will have a constant flow of energy. For most people once you become keto adapted (3-10 days or with a Ketone Supplement – under an hour) your energy level will ast for as long as you are in ketosis.
Some of the things you will want to make sure of when you start this journey is:
- Make sure you are well hydrated when you decide to start.
- Make sure you have some electrolytes around – smart water, powerade zero, life water, etc
- Buy some pink Himalayan salt – it still has all the minerals available in it. Not like table salt that is stripped of all it’s nutrients.
- Go through your pantry and get rid of all processed foods – donate to Second Harvest any unopened items you no longer want.
- Make sure that you bought some of your new superfoods at the grocery store – Broccoli, avocado, fish
I recommend that you start out slow to make sure you don’t get the Keto flu – which comes from going cold turkey on carbs and sugar. So go slow and eliminate something new every day til you are in ketosis. Ketogenic means 75% fat, 20% protein and 5% carbs. Aim for 25-50g a day of carbs.