Ketosis Flu Symptoms and What to Watch Out For

Becoming overweight might be the very last thing you want for yourself. Thus, you decided to embark on a ketogenic diet where you’ll have to drastically cut down on your carbohydrate intake but increase your consumption of fatty foods at the same time. The entire premise of the ketogenic diet is that instead of carbohydrates, your body would burn fat so you can lose weight. However, removing much of the carbohydrates from your food under a ketogenic diet can lead your body to experience a flu-like condition known as ketosis flu. As it’s your first time to go on a ketogenic diet, you’ll want to watch out for the following ketosis flu symptoms that you might experience anytime:

  • Brain fog

As with its regular type, you might find yourself unable to focus on your tasks for the day because of ketosis flu. You’ll thus have to temporarily stop doing any activities that require you to concentrate intensely like driving or operating machinery lest you get caught in an accident after losing your focus.

  • Cravings for sugar

Going on a ketogenic diet isn’t easy, most especially if your self-control is weak. As ketosis flu can make what very little self-control you still have even weaker. You might suddenly crave for sugar to the point that not a single day would pass by without thinking of eating a huge slice of cake. You’ll have to fight your sugar cravings though if you want to continue with your ketogenic diet.

  • Stomach pain

Of course, the hardest hit part of your body to ketosis flu is your stomach. You might experience terrible pain in the stomach and nausea which can send you clutching your tummy or rushing to the toilet too often. You can counter ketosis-induced stomach pain by drinking water and adding salt to your food.


No pain, no gain as the saying goes. The said motivational quote couldn’t be any truer than if you’re planning to lower your carbohydrate intake and replace them with so many fatty foods under the much-talked-about ketogenic diet. When you do change your diet, keep watch for ketosis flu symptoms. You shouldn’t panic though or suddenly quit your ketogenic diet as ketosis flu usually lasts for only one to five weeks after which you’ll start feeling the positive effects of the low-carbohydrate and high-fat diet. Good Luck!

Hi my name is Ales and I am the owner and content writer on BlogGuru.Net. My passion is health, fitness and personal growth and as a result I like to share my findings about things I have discovered for myself. Everything I write about comes from personal experience. I believe that we can achieve so much more if we truly work on it.

Written by Valentin Bosioc

Valentin Bosioc - wellness specialist, certified personal trainer, certified fitness instructor, celebrity trainer, Musclemania Champion, Ninja Warrior Semifinalist, world wide motivator!

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