Updated: Feb 14
It's a thing.
Left: August 2018, right: January 2020
What is keto face?
When starting out with keto, most people will lose “weight” pretty dramatically very quickly. This is because you're drastically reducing your carbohydrate intake, and each gram of carb carries with it between two and four grams of water. So, initially you’re losing a lot of water weight.
One of the most dramatic changes you might notice right off the bat is that your face may appear slimmer, and you'll feel overall less bloated. Your pants will fit better. Although I didn't decide to go keto for weight loss reasons, it did happen and I do feel better. You know that place of "I look ok, but I could stand to lose 10 lbs." that a lot of people are perpetually stuck in? The keto diet is a really effective way to get over that hump, even before your body switches from burning glucose to burning your own fat for fuel.
Want proof? Just check out my before and after pics above. At the writing of this post, I have been in ketosis for just shy of five weeks.
It's awesome to see results so quickly, but this is also the time to be really careful about becoming dehydrated, which can cause an electrolyte imbalance in your body. This is the main cause of the "keto flu," which can have symptoms like mental fog, low energy, dizziness, headaches, and upset stomach. My experience with it was head congestion and the occasional bout of low energy. Now if I bump myself out of ketosis, I get groggy in the morning and wake up with big bags under my eyes. I corrected myself with the helpful advice of my good friend Nedra, Natural Living Manager at Planet Organic in Edmonton, AB by taking a potassium supplement and consuming an entire organic lemon in water over the course of each day. (Note: I'm not currently receiving any sponsorships from any products I promote. I'm just talking about what works for me).
For more on the diuretic effects of ketosis and which can lead to the dreaded “keto flu,” (and how to avoid it,) Watch Thomas Delauer’s video “Ketosis and Dehydration” on YouTube.