Keto Diet: Frequent Urination and How to Make it Go Away


Changes in diet, especially if you are a following the keto diet, can lead to a lot of unexpected changes in the way your body functions. One relatively common side effect of being on a keto diet is frequent urination. This can get uncomfortable, especially if you aren’t at home and going to the toilet isn’t so convenient.

What Causes Frequent Urination

Many people who are on a keto diet start to experience a frequent urge to pee a few weeks or a few months into their diet. In the majority of cases, this side effect isn’t anything to worry about unless you are also experiencing other concerning bodily symptoms.

The first part of understanding frequent urination is to know about glycogen, which is a stored form of glucose. When there’s an excess amount of glucose in the body that doesn’t need to be burned for energy, the body stores the glucose molecules in the liver and muscles.

When you switch to a keto diet, you are reducing the consumption of carbohydrates in favor of a higher-fat diet. Soon enough, your body will need to start relying on the stored glycogen as a source of fuel because your daily intake isn’t meeting the minimum threshold of glucose your body needs to maintain basic functions.

When the body starts to use glycogen, you actually start to lose a lot of water weight because Glycogen mostly consists of water (three to four parts water). Some of the water weight loss will be via urination so this will explain why you are having to pee more often than usual.

Add to the fact that you are also probably drinking a lot more water than usual and what you get is a frequent urination problem. If your pee is fairly clear, doesn’t come with a strange smell, and you don’t feel any pain while urinating then there’s probably nothing to worried about. It doesn’t hurt however to be certain by consulting with a doctor and seeing if there’s anything funky going on with your body.

How to Stop Frequent Urination

Is the frequent urination causing a lot of inconvenience and embarrassment in your lifestyle? Unfortunately, there isn’t much of a quick fix. It’s expected for your urination pattern to gradually normalize but how quickly this happens will differ per individual. One step that may potentially help is replenish the electrolytes in your body if you aren’t already doing so.

Electrolyte imbalance may occur while you are on a keto diet and this imbalance is typically linked to the symptoms of keto flu. You want to make sure your body is being replenished with an appropriate amount of minerals like sodium, potassium, and magnesium. Sodium, for example, is known for supporting bodily functions like the control of water retention.