The keto diet can be tricky to follow and maintain but one of the hardest parts about it is keeping your energy levels up while on it. Ketosis does a number of things to the body, causing a variety of things to happen to the body, including low energy and a thing referred to commonly as “keto flu.” In this article, we’ll help you avoid all that and walk you through how you can keep up your energy the right way while on the keto diet.
Eat the right foods
Our foods are our fuel. We need them to provide us with the nutrients and energy we need to get through the day. If you’re not eating the right keto-friendly foods, you could be setting yourself up for failure. So what are the right foods? Well, that’s a bit of a loaded question; let’s break it down.
Do the research
The first step to doing and maintaining keto successfully is tons of research. Whether you do this research on your own, using quality, verifiable sources or you rely on your doctor or dietitian’s help, you have to research what foods are good for your diet, how many calories you need to consume, how many carbs are right for you, and the right nutrients your specific body needs to thrive on this diet.
Don’t under- or overindulge
The key to success with keto is finding your balance. You have to be consuming the right amount of carbs, proteins, and fats to ensure you stay in ketosis, that that ketosis is healthy, and that you keep up the right amount of energy. Overindulging can end up taking you out of ketosis, effectively ruining all the hard work you’ve put in while under-indulging can put you at risk of too low energy or even fainting.
Don’t neglect important nutrients
One thing most keto dieters end up doing wrong is ignoring their nutrients. You can’t neglect the nutrients your body needs and expect to stay healthy, let alone lose weight. If you don’t eat the proper vegetables and ensure your body gets its nutrients your energy levels will plummet, as will your health.
Don’t forget to exercise
Exercise is crucial to a healthy life. It keeps your body operating the way it should, helps everything function well, and keeps your muscles active. Exercise also helps your body to create endorphins which help to improve your mood and your energy levels. By keeping up with a regular healthy exercise routine, you can increase your energy, keep your body functioning as it should, and keep yourself healthier for longer. It may even boost your weight loss.
The biggest advice with keto we can give you is to pay attention. Pay close attention to the foods you’re putting into your body, the nutrients you’re taking in or maybe missing, and how you’re feeling. If you notice a major drop in your energy levels or anything abnormal in how you’re feeling regularly, you need to consult your doctor if you don’t want to stop the diet entirely. Keto can be dangerous for some, so this is a crucial part of following this diet.
The keto diet is hard to follow and maintain. It can seem difficult to get accustomed to this major diet change and keep your energy up to the level it used to be. As we mentioned before, keto can do a number of things to the body that aren’t all positive. You have to watch your diet closely, pay attention to your body, and listen to what it’s telling you.
If at any point you feel in danger or prolonged weakened health, we highly recommend you consult a doctor whether or not you choose to stop the diet. We encourage you to consult with a doctor or a dietitian before you ever start the keto diet to ensure you remain healthy.