After reading about Keto diet side-effects from a couple of articles online, I noticed they had a common theme which centered upon dieters feeling like they were lacking carbs while on a reduced 20g-daily carb intake. They felt tired, headachy, and crampy. What the articles didn’t expound upon, though, was whether their carb intake was based on total carb grams, or net carb grams consumed on a daily basis.
This surprised me as being the number one side-effect; you see, my biggest side-effect was what is commonly called the Keto Flu. (NOTE: It isn't a "real" flu, but mimics the feelings of flu.
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Back to the feeling of a lack of carbs in the diet as being a main Keto diet side-effect. As mentioned at the top of this post, there are two ways to count carbs. If you don't count the "net carb way," you could feel like you're missin' out.
There are two ways to count carbs:
The way to count carbs on a Keto diet is NET carbs. Counting net carbs means you WILL actually eat MORE carbs. How so? With net carbs, we deduct a food's fiber content and sugar-alcohols (if it contains sugar-alcohols, that is).
What you're left with are NET carbs. If a product starts out with 30 grams of carbs - but has 20 grams of fiber in it - your NET carb total is just 10 grams net.
This enables you to eat more carbs and that will surely alleviate Keto diet side-effects of feeling hungry. You’ll be far less-likely to yearn for (forbidden) bread, potatoes etc. because in all likelihood you will be eating enough NET carbs to satisfy your mind and body when you use the 'net carb' counting method.
The best way to ease Keto diet side-effects such as a high-carb food-hankering is to increase your carbs by choosing to eat carbs that are high in fiber. Why? Because fiber in carbs acts as a blood-sugar stabilizer - meaning fiber has a neutralizing effect on sugar spikes. Plus, fiber is filling.
For example: I too missed having a good old slice of bread.
Remedy: Eat ThinSlim Foods breads (see links below). The bread-hankering was dealt with in a smart way. And guess what? The ThinSlim Foods breads taste just like real breads (because they are - but with great fiber in 'em!) and ARE very tasty.
Two slices of ThinSlim Rye Bread contains 14g of carbs AND 14g of FIBER … so the fiber neutralizes the 14g of carbs in the bread. The carbs and fiber balance each other out. So net-carb-wise, you’re at ZERO NET carbs for two slices of bread. This zero carb count helps immensely in keeping to a 20g (or less ) net-carb daily intake.
Making smart choices like choosing ThinsSlim Foods Breads (and Cakes and Cookies!) is how you can keep to a daiily 20g NET carb Keto diet effortlessly.
Many report having headaches as one of
the Keto diet side-effects. Me too! I googled for answers and came up
with the interesting fact that a lack of Magnesium causes headaches. (A lack of water causes them too).
How to remedy that? Check out these Electrolyte Supplements from KETO Chow in the image gallery below. I purchased mine off Amazon. The Magnesium drops are - yes you guessed it - in liquid form. The drops come in an 8.3 oz bottle and the package also provides a very handy small, capped squirt bottle.
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The dosage is one cap-full of the small squirt bottle. They recommend to take your Magnesium Drops spread out over the course of the day. Why? Magnesium is famous for making you go poo. (Think Milk of Magnesia). Therefore, taking your Magnesium Drops throughout the day by using your squirt bottle negates the urgent “need to go” that could occur if you took the full cap-full in one dose!
Please be sure to drink enough water throughout the day. If you’re a coffee drinker like me, then do this: Promise yourself that for every cup of coffee you drink, you’ll match it with a glass full of water (with the Magnesium Drops in it!) Works like a charm.
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At the start of a Keto diet, many people suffer from leg cramps. To be honest, I did have a couple of humdingers in my left calf PRIOR to going on a Keto diet so I cannot blame “going Keto” completely for my leg cramps. Probably some “old age” stuff creeping in too, perhaps?
Having said that, the cramps did ramp up. What to do? Again, I googled and ended up at Amazon again. I now take two pills - one in the morning and one at night - of these Cramp Defense pills as “insurance.”
Since taking the Magnesium Drops in addition to the above Cramp Defense pills, I’m happy to say that the leg cramps are no more (though I DO still have to watch which way I’m bending my toes to avoid starting a nasty calf-cramp).
In addition to ALL the above to alleviate Keto diet side-effects, make sure to get some exercise! My choice: swimming in summer, and a good old exercise bike that’s right behind me in my office. The bike is obviously great for year-round exercise. Plus, I can watch TV shows while I’m sat there pedaling away for 30 mins/5 miles.
Maybe the pedaling also eases leg cramps as it’s surely good exercise for the legs.
To recap, make sure you:
Don’t let stuff like this put you off “going Keto.” Just deal with it like a sane person and experience the magic of pounds finally melting away.
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