No Energy On A Low Carb Diet? You’re Doing It Wrong
Do you find that you have no energy on a low carb diet, and have you had symptoms like the keto flu? If you have, it is no reason for concern and there are steps you can take to feel better. But first, let’s remind you of why you’re on the keto diet for a start:
A low carb diet is essentially what it sounds like; a diet that limits carbohydrates and their sources. A keto (low carb, high fat) diet is often a better option, and many people choose to follow this diet for several reasons. See our article How To Fix Insulin Resistance With Natural Remedies.
Firstly, it helps with weight loss, many experts agree that carbohydrates are a major culprit in the obesity epidemic in the United States, so lowering the amount you eat can help to prevent weight gain and also help you to lose weight.
Secondly, some people choose the keto diet for medical reasons. This may be doctor suggested, for those with diabetes or prediabetes or it may simply be because you have found that you react to carbohydrates in a negative way, such as suffering with bloating. Either way, a keto diet can be beneficial, but can also be hard to follow at the same time.
There are some side effects when switching to a keto diet, such as fatigue, dizziness, and headaches. Thankfully, most of these tend to go away after a couple of weeks, as it is simply the body reacting to a change in diet. Moreover, not everyone will experience these side effects.
Lack Of Energy And Fatigue
One side effect reported is a lack of energy and fatigue. This could be for several reasons but luckily, there are solutions to this problem.
It is essential that you eat the right food when going keto and change your focus to better energy sources than carbs because not doing so will increase your levels of fatigue.
Fats Are Your Friend
One solution to this is to ensure you eat high amounts of good fats as they provide the energy that you would normally get from carbohydrates.
Remember that in the ketogenic diet (low carb), the body is induced into a state of ketosis, where it begins to burn fat for energy instead of dietary carbs. This is the magic of the weight loss process and also means than fat becomes your go-to energy source.
Stop the Keto Flu
Contrary to all the hype about fat, replacing sugar and starch carbs with healthy fats actually does result in weight loss, as shown by many studies. It also true that low-carb diets have been shown to result in more weight loss and a larger reduction in cholesterol levels than low fat diets.
Remember, the goal of fat is to provide satiety, increase metabolism and to boost energy levels. Having a high fat diet will stop fatigue and give you more energy. Also keto flu symptoms will go away on its own after a few days and you will feel great.
- Grass fed butter
- Heavy cream
- Olive oil
- Real natural cheese
- Red meat, chicken with skin and fatty fish
- ½ an avocado or 10 olives daily
- 1 to 2 ounces of nuts or seeds (depending on your ketotic state and as long as they do not take you out of ketosis)
- Canola, peanut and grapeseed oils
- Full fat mayonnaise
- Coconut oil
- MCT oil supplements
These foods will give you the energy boost that you need.
Another option to help you to increase your energy levels is to exercise a little. Exercise can help boost your mood and energy levels, as well as boost your general health.
Brisk walking, cycling, and swimming are all good choices that will boost heart rate, increase blood circulation, and boost energy levels.
As well as eating specific foods and engaging in moderate exercise, there are supplements that can help. When engaging in a low carb diet it is important to ensure you keep your levels of B12 to a sufficient level. It is worth considering taking regular supplements such as B12, fiber and magnesium as these can help your overall health and will make you feel much better.
All these additions to your low carb diet can really make a huge difference to your energy levels.
Here are all the B vitamins I take daily:
If you have diabetes you also need these supplements:
I have to have 2000mcg of chromium per day my chromium levels are so low.
My doctor prescribed these for me. I am on a host of other supplements as well. Do remember these are right for me. Please see your naturopath doctor to see what is right for you. If you have questions, please ask them in the comments or contact me.