Once you are in ketosis every day, morning and evening, then you have burned through all your glucose stores and can introduce higher carb vegetables into your evening meal. Every individual is unique and the time it takes to achieve ketosis on a 24/7 basis will depend on a variety of factors. Age, health, activity level, % of body fat, medications and lifestyle can all affect the time it takes for the body to achieve nutritional ketosis.
Ketopia has been designed to get you there every day, but you need to give your body time to become keto-adapted. It is normal for many individuals not to test positive for ketones in the evening for even their first 5 or 10 days. Keep your carb count low, and keep going.
If you have lost 3-5 pounds in the first week and have other “symptoms” of ketosis such as decreased hunger and improved mood and energy, then you may be in ketosis even if it’s not showing on your ketostick. Medications and even drinking large amounts of water, prior to checking the ketostick may dilute the urine enough to cause a false negative reading. As long as you are experiencing a good weight loss and the other signs of ketosis mentioned above, you can assume you are in ketosis. If not, you can assume that your ketostick is negative due to your high carbohydrate or protein intake or accidental sugar intake. Reduce your carbohydrates, or protein, eliminate any processed food and increase your activity and you should see the results.
Some individuals experience mild nausea, headaches, constipation, diarrhea, fatigue or muscle cramps. This is commonly called the keto-flu and should only last 2-4 days. This is your body adapting to burning ketones instead of glucose. Drink plenty of water to combat these symptoms. If you experience dizziness or extreme nausea you may be severely dehydrated, drink 3-4 glasses of coconut water per day. This will replace lost electrolytes and fluid loss.