But after the first week I observed myself getting acclimated, and after the second week I began to notice a shift in my energy levels. I also observed that my clothes were fitting me differently, and I felt slightly more toned (although I don’t know what it translated to because weight loss was not my goal, and I forgot to weigh myself at the beginning). It took a total of two weeks for me to start to really notice a difference in my mitochondrial health and to experience an incredible boost in my energy levels, reduction in fatigue, and improved mental clarity.
I used urine strips to assess my state of ketosis. In order to know if you are even in a state of ketosis, you can track through blood or urine collection. Despite eating about 25 grams of net carbohydrates (total carbohydrates minus fiber) per day, I only reached the low end of ketosis. This is why diligently tracking your intake is key. Tracking was difficult for me because my approach as a dietitian has always been to use food as nourishment for your cells instead of focusing on food as a number of calories or grams of carbohydrates. I generally do not recommend counting calories, and I personally have never been a calorie counter, so it was an adjustment to track every last bite that entered my mouth each day. But I reminded myself that this was only temporary, and I provided plenty of patience and space for myself in those first two weeks especially.
I realized very quickly that the key to success (with anything but especially keto) is planning and finding delicious recipes and resources to make this an enjoyable experience. I established some delicious snack options that made it possible to eat on the go. Incorporating dairy back into my diet made it much easier to adhere to as well. A few of my snack staples included: