Going keto takes an adjustment. Consider these supps low-carb cures.
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When you cut out carbs on a ketogenic diet , you force your body to run on ketones—which come from stored body fat—for fuel. This process, known as ketosis, is extremely effective for getting leaner, and offers a host of other health benefits as well.
The only downside: The first week or so of a ketogenic diet can make you hate life itself. Most keto dieters report feeling deprived, lethargic, and just plain cranky till their metabolism makes the switch.
In fact, it’s often referred to as the “low-carb flu.”
Fortunately, science has a solution: ketone-supplying supplements that can smooth your transition to an ultra-low-carb lifestyle and help keep you there—and you won’t have to sacrifice any intensity in the gym in the process. Here, three of our favorite options.
Achieving a state of ketosis through diet alone usually takes about three weeks, but Kegenix says it can get you there in one hour by providing your body with ketones like beta-hydroxybutyric acid (BHB), as well as healthy fats that help you produce them. (Note, however, that you’ll still have to follow an ultra-low-carb diet to maintain ketosis.)
The product—a powder available in three fruit flavors—also contains electrolytes, which support normal muscle function and energy levels; and amino acids, which keep you alert and promote muscle gain.
If you’re especially worried your workouts will take a hit as your muscles make the transition from carb fuel to fat, KetoCaNa softens the blow.
Just mix the powder, which contains 11.7 grams of BHB, into water and drink before you train; it will reduce the body’s oxygen demands, effectively boosting stamina.
As an added bonus, you can take KetoCaNa even if you’re not interested in the ketogenic lifestyle, to serve as an energy source and help you spare muscle glycogen—a big help to endurance athletes who need energy for long bouts of training.
Some ketogenic dieters experience just mild lethargy, while others can barely get out of bed in the morning. Where to get some extra energy?
Keto-OS contains mineral salts and medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs)—the same fats found in coconut oil—that quickly convert into energy. It’s available in two forms: Charged, which has about the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee, and Non-Charged, in case caffeine makes you jittery.
The maker, Pruvit, even offers online recipes for great-tasting, low-carb drinks (Coconut Cream Shake!) you can add Keto-OS to.