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Challenges of Ketosis

What are the challenges of ketosis?


While the benefits of the ketogenic diet outweigh the downsides, there are a few challenges which need our attention:


  1. During the first few weeks of the ketogenic diet, our body will go through the “metabolic shift.”


  1. While going through the “metabolic shift” period, we may experience a small degree of …
  • fatigue, headache, and
  • brain fog.

KETO flu symptomsThis is a temporary condition which may last up to a full week. The condition is called “keto flu” and is a direct effect of the “metabolic shift” process.

As we address under the next bullet point, ketosis induces increased release of water through urination. With that comes inadvertent loss of salt.

Lack of salt in our system hinders several micro-cellular functions in our body and causes flu like symptoms.


  1. KETO dehydration-and-water-retentionWhile going through the “metabolic shift” period, we may experience a noticeable degree of …
  • dehydration due to increased water loss associated with ketoic-induced diuresis, and
  • water loss from depletion of glycogen.

Staying hydrated is very important during the ketogenic diet regimen, especially before, during, and after physical exercise.


  1. Blood-lipid profile may be a concern for some individuals on the ketogenic diet due to the rather high amounts of saturated fats in the diet. To counteract any possible concerns, we consume a balanced blend of healthy unsaturated fats like olive oil, avocados with tasty saturated fats from animal sources such as eggs, cheese, butter, bacon, etc.


  1. KETO chiaKetogenic diet can cause sporadic constipation. Supplementing our ketogenic diet with chia seeds will eliminate this negative aspect entirely.


  1. Micronutrients such as thiamin, folate, calcium, potassium, and magnesium are typically inadequate in low-carb diets. As ketogenic diet stipulates consumption of restricted amounts of carbohydrates, micronutrient deficiencies may occur.

To handle this potential problem, we designed MyKetoPal recipes with high-quality micro-nutrients from whole foods to ensure that we consume as much as 100 percent of our daily need.





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