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Fatigue may reach problematic levels in some people when they're switching from the common high-carbohydrate diet to KETO. The reasons vary, but I'll take you through the most common ones, and briefly explain why do they occur.
The explanation for the most common reason ketogenic diet may cause fatigue in some people is *adaptation*. Most people are adapted to high carbohydrate diets, that offer a "fuel" called "glycogen/glucose", while KETO is the exact opposite. It's a low carbohydrate diet that offers "ketones". If your mind had to choose between glycogen/glucose and ketones, it would choose ketones in no time! Our brains work much better when not polluted by sugar.
Beginnings are the hardest, right? Well, that belief is true when it comes to adaptation to ketones, because the body will try to keep running on glucose (glycogen). It's been programmed to seek glycogen (glucose), however, the reservoir is very small (approximately 700 kcal, or 150-200 grams), and it gets spent really fast, while there is no cellular machinery for ketosis, therefore, the fat burning process doesn't get started. In other words, an average body doesn't even think about spending the vast source of energy (fat). It's primarily focused on sugar.
There is one thing every adaptation requires: time!
In some people, that process might last for 3 days, and in some people much longer. If an obese person tells you "I'm hungry", it means his/her body is running on sugar, 'cause hunger is not possible while in ketosis. Why? Well, let's take an adult male, weighing 100 kilograms, for example. 100 kilograms, and 20% body fat, to be precise. It means that person has 20 kilograms of fat. Each gram of fat has 9 kcal. So, a man has stored 180 000 kcal, enough to live for 90 days without food.
If you're adapted to ketosis and you're still feeling tired, then there is only one explanation: nutritional deficiency!
As I said in the previous article, most foods are "washed" out of nutritional value. The soil we grow our vegetables on is "hungry", while the animals are contaminated with hormones, and are fed with GMO grain. So, nutritional deficiencies are not rare. They're common! The majority of the population SHOULD BE TAKING healthy supplements.
The number one nutrient most people lack is potassium. The DV (daily value) is quite high. To intake enough potassium, one would need to eat several bowls of salad. Who eats so much salad these days? Who can even afford it? Even if you do buy and eat enough vegetables, you probably consumed enough chemicals to toxify one entire plantation of cabbage...
The second nutrient is salt, and I'm not talking about table salt but sea salt, which is quite different. Table salt is a refined product, in which we may find nanoparticles of plastic and even traces of sugar. Sea salt is an electrolyte, needed for the wellbeing of our cardiovascular system.
There is a "pump" that generates electricity, needed for neurons, nerves, etc. Without sodium and potassium, that pump stops working. Guess what happens... at first, it's "just" fatigue, but after a while, some serious side effects may be caused.
When it comes to vitamins, there is one vitamin that stands out! It's Thiamin (B1), essential in helping the energy factories (mitochondria) produce energies which are called ATPs. Other B vitamins are also very important, but Thiamin (B1) is crucial. Pork is loaded with B1, however, I wouldn't recommend it! There are alternative and healthier sources of B1, that can be found here: link
*Sleep* is the kickstarter of the fat-burning process, or, in other words, it speeds up the adaptation! Without enough sleep, the body will be producing cortisol, slowing down metabolism, creating a surplus of estrogen, raising insulin, and pausing fat burning for at least 72 hours.
That also indicates the last thing I'm about to say: don't waste your ENERGY on low-quality foods. I know it's hard, 'cause all those hamburgers, french fries, chips, bread, cakes, cookies, chocolates, and fruits look attractive and tasty, but they're definitely not healthy. Give yourself some time to adapt to high nutritional foods, such as kale, wild salmon, grass-fed meat, seeds, nuts, and pasture-raised (organic) eggs. You might even get bored by eating only healthy foods, but in the long run, the difference is so vast, and the results are so much better when we are operating on healthy foods that you won't be attracted to going back & counting sheep while awake.