Why Are the First
Few Days of Keto So Hard?
The first two to three days of low carb are challenging – No doubt about it.
The first day is hard in the sense that you have to figure out what to eat. Mistakes will be made. It’s ok, but try to keep learning. The sooner you learn, the easier it’ll become. It’s not hard but it does require small learning curve. We’ve been programmed since birth to eat in a certain way. So if you mess up your first day, try to not keep messing up and thereby sabatoging the whole day. 🙂
The second day is hard because it’s starting to become apparent to the body that you’re not going to give it such an enormous amount of carbs. Don’t over do exercise and activities. Eat as much as you want of whatever is permissible. It might be a tough day.
Often the third day is hard because that’s when your body experiences the initial fuel switch feeling. Thoughts may creep into your mind and that’s because carbs are addicting. It’s often more of a mental battle that can be won soon enough. Be determined and know that next week you will look in the mirror and see changes are definitely being done.
I remember a research article I read stating that sugar and carbs are more addictive than herorin. For some trying to break this habit is the hardest thing they’ve ever had to do. Keep telling yourself that you don’t need all of this sugar. Your body doesn’t have the activity level of a marathon runner who burns it up right away. We store those carbs because our bodies don’t need them, and they have no where else to go.
You see, your body was using high sugar foods for energy and storing your fat. So yes of course at first your body will crave sugar. You may get cranky, tired or shaky. But that’ll pass. Take it easy and drink water. Sip on green or black tea. Drink broth between meals if you feel like having something. I tell my clients that in the first week, if you are struggling so bad, just keep eating as much as you want but keep your carbs around 20.
Usually they are shocked because I tell them just eat eat eat if that’s what you feel will help – but not the carbs. I tell them this because I know after a few days it’ll pass and they’ll be ok – if they don’t indulge themselves in the impermissible. The first two or three days are the toughest.
The worse your symptoms are, the more addicted your body was to sugar. Don’t worry. We only carry enough glucose (sugar) to last for 2 to 3 days in our bodies.
Soon, you’ll no longer be a “sugar burner.” After day two, you’ll start burning fat and a little bit protein for energy instead. Your brain sharpens and clears, and your metabolism becomes more efficient.
The more healthy fats you eat, the more stored body fat you’ll burn for energy. Fortunately, it’s difficult to overeat fat, so calorie counting isn’t usually necessary – until a little bit later. Usually the appetite takes care of itself if we are balancing correctly.
So my friends, stick it out for the first week. You’ll be very happy you did come the second week.
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