9 Things You’ll Struggle with on Keto and How to Overcome

9 Things You’ll Struggle with on Keto #keto #lowcarb #highfat

The challenges you’ll face when you go keto. The common keto issues and how to overcome to help you pave the way to keto success.

When I found keto, I thought it was going to solve everything for me. And I was promised just that. Heck, all I had to do was eat copious amounts of fat and all would be well with my weight in a matter of weeks. “Smooth sailing, keto adapt” they say.

Gosh, I can’t tell you how misleading that information really was. Or, maybe I can tell you because you’ve fallen victim to the same claims.

As with anything, when you adopt something new, there are bound to be struggles along the way. And keto is no different.

While each of our keto experiences are unique (just like our bodies), there are 9 common struggles that each of us have likely gone through while going through the fat adaptation process.

Whether you’re still stuck somewhere or want to load up your skills before hitting the trails, today’s keto video highlights the common struggles and how to overcome them. Plus, if you’ve been experiencing any of these things and are doing keto alone, you may be given a sense of comradery you didn’t have before as you learn that your feels are ALL of our feelings, too.

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  • How to get over your fear of fat
  • How to not blame yourself for your food choices
  • Overcoming a love of sugar while keto-adapt
  • Maintaining patience when you get started on keto


What struggles have you had on keto? How have you overcome them? Let’s chat about it in the comments. Sharing your story can provide powerful change for the members of our community.

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  1. Just wanted to say, I was nervous about trying Keto, because I’ve tried almost everything imaginable and I might lose a few pounds, but I was still an emotional wreck. Yes, I’m about 30lbs overweight, but that’s not the real reason I tried Keto. Honestly, it was the extreme fatigue, depression and lack of motivation that I’d had for months. I figured maybe if I could find out what my body runs well on, then I might start to feel better. I literally was reading about Keto while finishing a half gallon of icecream. I started Keto the next day. That was about 2 weeks ago. Surprisingly to both me and my husband, I feel better than I have in months. No joke! I have more energy than I imagined and even went for a run yesterday because I felt like it! On a side note, I lost just over 5 lbs the first week. I’m glad I tried and am excited to see how it goes. It’s given me my sanity back. So far, no keto flu or any kind of icky feelings yet. I would encourage someone thinking about it to give it a try. Seriously, if I (with my addictive personality) can go from eating an entire package of chocolate almond bark (2lbs) on a daily basis to being ecstatic for avocados, brazil nuts and homemade mayo, there might be something to this.

    • That’s incredible, Sara! I’m so happy for you! What an amazing story you have. I would be so honored if you shared it on my testimonials page. If you’d like to submit your story, you can do so here. Wishing you continued success on keto! <3

  2. I’ve only been keto for 2 weeks, I work night shift, so my hormones are already challenged. I feel that I am already at a disadvantage. My question has to do with calorie deficit. How do I get in all my fat I need to get adapted if I’m only eating twice a day? Just need a bit of guidance to do it right. I’ve read your book, watched soooooo many videos, read on line info. I might be in over load. Please Help!!!!

    • Hey, Cathy! Why are you only eating twice a day? If your hormones are imbalanced, fasting probably isn’t the best approach right now. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, I recommend checking out Fat Fueled. It’s a therapeutic approach to keto focused on healing and should help you figure out what your next steps are. Good luck!

  3. I really do want to succeed on this lifestyle change, but I am so afraid that I will gain more weight eating the fats Keto recommends. I have finished a round of hCG in February, and I have almost gained the weight back….EEKKK! I have a very long history of BULIMIA and so my perception of my self is very distorted. So, a big question I have is how long does it take to eat keto and weight lose starts becoming real or evident?

    I really am taking this seriously, and would love to have a place to turn with real conversation.

    Thanks in advance for your response and support.

    • Hey, Robyn! So exciting that you’d like to give keto a try. Weight loss depends on the person. I found that I needed to gain weight before my body healed and balanced out, then I lost weight. For others, they may have lost weight right off the bat, or they gained because that’s what their body needed. It may take a couple of weeks, a few months, or more. Do you have any of my digital programs? By purchasing any digital program, you’ll be given access to our exclusive Facebook group where you can receive direct support, resources, and inspiration from myself and over 6,000 members in our growing community. I think you’d really like it!

  4. I have lost 6 pounds in 3 weeks. I am quiet happy with that since i figure i did not put all this weight on over night. I went cold turkey and gave up everything i ate, Sugar and carbs overnight. I had a dullheadache for about 3 days and it passed and severe constipation for 2 weeks even though i ate broccoli,flax etc everyday. Now i go like clockwork. I paid the money to Cronometer to join premium $50.cdn and noticed MFP was the same cost for premiun. I dont think i would have been able to adhere to keto if i did not know what i was missing or eating to much of. That really helped me adjust my foods. I found Leanne and like that she is a nutrition educator and i also follow Dr Mercola. I dont care what anyone thinks of him but he is usually always promoting someting years before other people. I will be buying Leanne’s book and will have my local library obtain it as well.

    • Congrats, Bonnie! Sounds like you’ve gotten the hang of things pretty easily. Thanks so much for your support! SUPER cool of you to ask your library to stock my book :)

  5. I can’t seem to eat enough fat and I eat too many greens. My salads are HUGE. I keep gaining weight since I added fat to my diet. Before I was no fat and low carb. Oh and I want fruit

    • I found that I had to gain weight before I got my cycle back– perhaps this is what’s going on with you as well! Be patient with the process, healing takes time. If you want fruit, feel free to have it as a carb up! I prefer to do carb ups in the evenings, but it’s up to you. Here’s a post all about carb ups: http://healthfulpursuit.com/carbup

  6. I think I’m the queen of struggle !
    Started Jan2016 everything going well! Decided to change to Amour thyroid — I gained 20 lbs in 7 months !! Finally after 1 year went to a functional med Dr – thyroid back to normal but weight will not decrease!! Ugh! I know Keto is best but can’t seem to figure out my body?!

  7. Thanks Leanne,

    I love hearing your encouraging words!

    I’m not a facebooker, is there any other way to become part of your community?

  8. My problem is that I’m keto until about 5pm and then stress from the day catches up to me and I eat a bunch of carbs through the evening. So then I’ve eaten ALLLLLLLL the fat but my body burns the carbs instead. I *KNOW* keto works once I actually get to a place of no-cravings. I just can’t get myself over the hump these days. PS I get your weekly meal plans and I’m sooooooo excited for the book!

    • Try some of Leanne’s “bread” recipes, her flax bread and cheese drop biscuits are very tasty and can help with the carb cravings. Sometimes I’ll do a rocket fuel tea in the afternoon and that helps me get threw those times. Good luck and keep up your good work ;-)

    • That’s a tough one! Do you practice self-care in any way throughout the day? I find that by caring for myself and listening to my body throughout the day, I’m not hit with that “eat all the things!” feeling at the end of the day. Some of my favorite self-care strategies include going for a walk, taking a bath, doing yoga, or even just taking a moment to take some deep breaths.

      I hope you’re loving the meal plans! Hope you love the new book too ;)

  9. i CAN’T ditch my scale!! it’s the only thing i have to tell me if i’m making progress or not, or if the way i’m eating is right….

    i’ve only lost 6 lbs in about a month and a half on keto, and i keep gaining it back and losing it again, but i’m basically stalled… so i have to wonder what i’m doing wrong, even though i have no clue…

    oh and i wanted the audio book of fat fueled, and i backed out of the transaction to do something, and when i went to order again, i clicked on the wrong book to order and i got the pdf…. can you help me by any chance? i don’t do reading too well, and i’ll never make it thru the print version!

    thanks sister!

    • Elaine,
      I too am not seeing my scale move like I’d like, one things that helped me stay encouraged was taking measurements. Losing inches even when the ” silver demon”, my pet name for the scale, isn’t moving can be very encouraging. My skin too is amazing, focus on how your feeling. Keep on keeping on ;-)

      • Hi Theresa… i’m not sure if it’s because i’m older, but i’m just not losing the weight, and my stomach seems like it’s getting BIGGER… i’m actually GETTING wrinkles on my upper lip, and I’m not feeling all that great lol

        • Lol, me too! I keep reminding myself with age comes wisdom. I’m waiting to be that wise ole lady. Keto should help us age more gracefully, less inflammatory foods. ;-)

          • i GOT those wrinkles right after starting the keto diet lol… now where is that wisdom? lol

      • Love this advice, Theresa! I also find that ditching the measurements helps too. To each their own!

        • I have ditched the messurement too at this point, after eating keto for well over a year. But in the beginning it was nice to see progress even when the scale wasn’t moving.

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