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    Feeling light headed and dizzy on keto

    Holy hell its hard to type this.

    I have been on the keto diet for about 4 days now and I am noticing I am getting dizzy spells and almost blacking out. I am having problems walking to the bathroom its that bad. My heart feels like its racing and Im out of breath.

    has anyone experience anything like this on keto? is this normal?

    should I stick it out guys or start intruding carbs back into my diet?

    its kind of scary :s

    any advice is appreciated.
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    Originally Posted by CJ_SPARTA View Post
    Holy hell its hard to type this.

    I have been on the keto diet for about 4 days now and I am noticing I am getting dizzy spells and almost blacking out. I am having problems walking to the bathroom its that bad. My heart feels like its racing and Im out of breath.

    has anyone experience anything like this on keto? is this normal?

    should I stick it out guys or start intruding carbs back into my diet?

    its kind of scary :s

    any advice is appreciated.
    You can try and stick it out. Keto flu is a common thing, especially if it is first time. Your sugar might be low and body hasn't adapted yet.

    The first time is always the roughest.

    You can either

    A) Abort
    B) Have SOME carbs, like broccoli/cauliflower
    C) have some fats, especially MCTs like coconut oil
    D) A combination of B and C like nuts/seeds

    Either way, don't do anything dangerous like drive a car if you feel like this.
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    Drink chicken broth! It has done wonders for me, salt is so important, especially when you just started.
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    Hey, man. Best of luck with your ketogenic diet. I assume you're doing this in a slight caloric deficit. Although I'm only a medical student and not a true physician up to this point, here are a few thoughts.

    1) Drink plenty of water: You mentioned you felt dizzy and had difficulty walking to the bathroom; I assume this happened after sitting for a while. If you're not properly hydrated, then you may be hypovolemic. In a nut shell, you're dehydrated and your body is having difficulty transporting blood properly throughout your body. Your blood pressure will drop and your heart beat will increase to compensate. You'll be fine, just drink tons of water while on the keto. Also, drinking chicken broth helps because it is high in sodium. Sodium via osmosis will assist in holding water as well. If you're on keto to "cut" and dry out I'd suggest no chicken broth and just tons of water. Otherwise, the scale will play games with you since you're putting on tons of water weight while at the same time trying to cut fat weight.

    2) Induction Period: The intuit population (think Eskimo) relies upon a keto like diet - high fats, meats, and low carbs because of their environment. However, for most populations and respective persons keto is a "shock" to your metabolic homeostasis.

    BOL. Good luck getting shredded.
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    Supplement with magnesium, potassium and salt. You're low on electrolytes.

    You're likely becoming hypoglycemic. This happens to me when I'm super deep in ketosis during summer cuts. Eat more fat, or some carbs + the above.
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    Originally Posted by CJ_SPARTA View Post
    Holy hell its hard to type this.

    I have been on the keto diet for about 4 days now and I am noticing I am getting dizzy spells and almost blacking out. I am having problems walking to the bathroom its that bad. My heart feels like its racing and Im out of breath.

    has anyone experience anything like this on keto? is this normal?

    should I stick it out guys or start intruding carbs back into my diet?

    its kind of scary :s

    any advice is appreciated.
    I tried a Keto diet and I'd definitely either

    A. Add some broccoli
    B. Add some fats such as nuts/seeds
    C. Drink alot alot alot more water
    D. Sprinkle a few pitches of salt on your tongue (helped me quite a bit)
    E. combination of all or a few of the above.
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    Originally Posted by CJ_SPARTA View Post
    Holy hell its hard to type this.

    I have been on the keto diet for about 4 days now and I am noticing I am getting dizzy spells and almost blacking out. I am having problems walking to the bathroom its that bad. My heart feels like its racing and Im out of breath.

    has anyone experience anything like this on keto? is this normal?

    should I stick it out guys or start intruding carbs back into my diet?

    its kind of scary :s

    any advice is appreciated.
    Hi CJ, I experienced the exact same thing, still do to a lesser extent. I did some reading, and it seems that the Ketogenic diet leads to a drop in blood pressure, causing these dizzy spells. One solution I found, which works for me, is to up the salt intake. Soup stock is a good way to go.
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    First I ever dieted with keto,I had some dizzines on the 2nd day.I had one small orange and all was ok You should stick with it,once you're keto and getting your calories in,you'll experience non of these symptoms.It is really important to eat enough though!
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