Are You Suffering from Ketogenic Diet Symptoms

Have you been experiencing any of the following ailments or discomforts?

  • Cold hands and feet
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Feeling thirsty all the time
  • Frequent urination
  • Fruity smelling bad breath
  • Headache
  • Metallic taste
  • Nausea or stomach ache
  • Sleep problems
  • Tiredness or fatigue
  • Weakness

These can be symptoms of many disorders and illnesses, which doctors are all too quick to prescribe medications for. But if you have been on a low-carb diet, then you are probably in a ketosis state-of-being. To attain ketosis that is essential to losing weight with dieting like low-carb, your body could be having a chemical reaction of using up any fat that may be stored because it’s not making as much.

When you are on a diet of low-carb, you are minimizing how much blood glucose is present in your body after you eat. So when your body isn’t getting the right amount of blood glucose it isn’t releasing the insulin needed to get your blood sugars back to normal.

Now the upside to all of this is that without insulin, aka fat storage hormone, your body will burn up the fat it has stored for its fuel. This makes your body release ketones into the bloodstream which will put you in ketosis. Then you may experience the temporary symptoms we listed above which will appear as ketones in your urine.

Understand your ketosis symptoms

Ketosis symptoms are developed as a warning to your body that ketones exist. When a low-carb diet is started, these symptoms will kick in about 2 to 3 days. There are ketosis strips available OTC so that you can test your urine to confirm that is what you’re experiencing.

ketosis symptoms

The Early Stages

Dependent on the length of time you’re in the state of Ketosis, the symptoms may change. Early on, the symptoms of ketosis stages can be somewhat unpleasant. On the other hand, as your body adjusts to ketones being present in your bloodstream, the symptoms will change and lessen. For most people, the early symptoms last for several days, even as long as a week and will continue until your body becomes accustomed to using fat for energy and not glucose.


As the body adapts to ketones, symptoms often change or even disappear.  As this happens, symptoms you may notice:

  • A “buzzed” feeling
  • Better sleep
  • Clear thinking
  • Euphoria
  • Increased energy
  • Normalized urination frequency

For a low-carb dieter that doesn’t reach the ketosis state, it is usually because they are exercising and using up any excess ketones their body may have. Or, they have drunk so much water, the have diluted their urine. These people are still burning unwanted fat, they just aren’t experiencing ketosis.