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Old 08-07-2013, 12:26 AM   #1
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Too much too fast?

Hi everyone, I started the Atkins diet 4 days ago and so far I've lost 8 pounds. I feel absolutely horrible to say the least, I have absolutely no energy. I'm finding that it takes energy just to breath normally and walking is more like running... this isn't normal is it?

Everyone I've talked to tells me this is normal and I should start feeling better after about a week once my body has gotten use to taking in little to no carbs, I can't believe I have to put up with 3 more day of this, but the weight loss I've gotten so far is keeping me going. Any suggestions on how to help me gain energy while keeping to the diet?

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Old 08-07-2013, 03:32 AM   #2
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Add salt and potassium to your diet. You can drink sugar free electrolye drinks (like Powerade Zero, or one of those Mio Sport things), or chicken broth from the supermarket. Not the low sodium kind, the regular. Drink a couple of cups per day, and you'll probably feel better.

Atkins is a ketogenic diet, and ketosis is a diuretic state. While you're losing water, you're also losing some essential minerals, namely sodium and potassium, so you need to replace them at a higher rate than when you're not in ketosis. Eventually, you'll feel better, and might be able to just use adequate salt in your food, but some people feel better with broth or drinks throughout.

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Hi everyone, I started the Atkins diet 4 days ago and so far I've lost 8 pounds. I feel absolutely horrible to say the least, I have absolutely no energy. I'm finding that it takes energy just to breath normally and walking is more like running... this isn't normal is it?

Everyone I've talked to tells me this is normal and I should start feeling better after about a week once my body has gotten use to taking in little to no carbs, I can't believe I have to put up with 3 more day of this, but the weight loss I've gotten so far is keeping me going. Any suggestions on how to help me gain energy while keeping to the diet?

Thanks!
What Ntombi said. Getting rid of the carbs is a shock to our system, so I'd just suggest taking it a bit easier for the next week. As you start into your second week, you should start seeing an improvement. Make sure you're getting enough fats as well. I've found many people get nervous about the fat on a low carb and deliberately try to hold them down.

Great going with the 8 lbs!
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Old 08-07-2013, 07:49 AM   #4
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Welcome to the LC club.
Many people report feeling weak or even ill the first week or so, it does pass.
I remember when I first went LC. I was urinating all the time! LOL, I couldn't believe how much fluid was stored in my body.
All that peeing depletes essential minerals so a good all natural vitamin/mineral supplement is recommended.
In no time you will be feeling better than ever.
It's good that you posted this here. LCF has alot of experienced people who will walk you through any difficulties you may encounter.
Congrats on the 8 lbs. KUTGW
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Old 08-07-2013, 10:08 AM   #5
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I started the Low Carb lifestyle last August...I lost 60lbs by Christmas. The first week or two stunk. Not only did I not have energy, I was depressed when grocery shopping. It was a big change when you're walking past all the things you used to buy. But I'm so glad I did this. I started it again this week...have about 25 more pounds to take off.

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Old 08-07-2013, 10:35 AM   #6
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It will pass.
Ntombi and Aomiel explanined the body mechanics of it very well.
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totally agree with the advice. i drink gallons of water,and the first three to six days suck, your body is adjusting. the good news is that when the sucky part passes, you will feel better than ever. when it ends it ends. i like my broth with a pat of butter.... it works like a champ! good luck and hang in there!
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Yeah, I think it is called induction flu, if I remember correctly. You will feel better!
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Hi everyone, I started the Atkins diet 4 days ago and so far I've lost 8 pounds. I feel absolutely horrible to say the least, I have absolutely no energy. I'm finding that it takes energy just to breath normally and walking is more like running... this isn't normal is it?

Everyone I've talked to tells me this is normal and I should start feeling better after about a week once my body has gotten use to taking in little to no carbs, I can't believe I have to put up with 3 more day of this, but the weight loss I've gotten so far is keeping me going. Any suggestions on how to help me gain energy while keeping to the diet?

Thanks!
Have you have or had a full blood work done recently? Always good to check just in case.

Working out depletes your body of nutrients. My trainer suggested I drink a post workout shake and it has helped me tremendously.
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Old 08-09-2013, 08:50 PM   #10
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Hi everyone, thanks for the responses. It's been almost 7 days now and I feel much better, so far I've lost 11 pounds.

My only gripe now is that I'm craving normal food, I eat the same thing every single day and I feel like a starving poor African (sort of speak). My entire family all eat normally, except me and it's making me depressed. I don't want to gorge myself on anything, I would just love to have a stinking sandwich or eat dinner with my kids and wife. To be honest, I don't know how much longer I can carry on with this diet, this diet is horrible and creates depression in people when you're limited to just a small aray of a specific type of food. I spend literally an hour and a half the other day at the grocery store looking at the back of bottles, cans, bags, wrappers and so on... EVERYTHING has carbs, there were almost just a handful of items that didn't have anything and it's freakin HARD, I'm surprised that I even made it this far. I honestly feel like just quiting and take up running every day instead so I can eat like the rest of everyone. I don't know how you all do it, but this is frustrating.

The only thing that keeps me going is the weight loss, but honestly the starving and being around 6 kids and a wife who all eat normally just makes me sick when I can't have what everyone else is having.

It would be nice to have real people pushing me along, but the reality is I don't. My wife thinks it's unhealthy to lose 11 pounds in 7 days from starving myself and eating nothing but eggs, pickles, tuna, spinach, water, sharp cheddar cheese and so on... I get no help from her other than I'm going to die young like Mr. Atkins did... bla bla bla... ughhhh!!!

I'm dying here!!!
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Old 08-09-2013, 09:56 PM   #11
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Well, jeez, if you feel like it's such a repressive diet, switch to something else!

I love the way I eat. Sure, sometimes I'd like to have a sandwich or something, but I don't eat abnormal food, I just eat meat and veg and move on. I never starve myself.

But yes, if you're looking at processed foods, you're going to have a problem. Shop the outer aisles, meats, produce, dairy, and eggs. Swing through condiments, and you're done.
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The whole point of changing your woe IMHO is so we can love life and love ourselves.
If you hate this woe then find something else. May I suggest that you click on the 'forum jump' tab. The drop down will display a main heading called "Eating and exercise plans" there are about 15 different weight control plans including a section called "other plans" which will have info on less well known woe's.
There is no reason to be miserable. It won't work, but there are many options out there.
I urge you to try out a few and hope you find one you can be happy with.
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BLT w/mayo on lettuce leaf and a couple bites of homemade chicken salad
venison warmed and served on salad greens w/ranch and olive oil
Dinner out--- steamed clams w/lemon, flat iron steak on salad greens w/gorgonzola, cherry tomatoes, and blue cheese dressing, with a bourbon and diet.

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Chicken salad
flat iron steak on salad greens w/ranch and olive oil
Dinner out--- medium rare ground lamb with melted feta, mixed greens with a nice garlic mayo instead of the carby dressing

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bacon and eggs
pork bbq w/dill pickles
big honking hot dog, dill pickles, garden tomatoes, and a little more bbq, all at a party at my friend's house.

tomorrow is
farm-made sausage w/overeasy eggs
our own sushi with fresh-caught and properly prepared tuna, cucumber, egg, nori, and avocado
fresh-caught mahi with asian broccoli slaw and a lime/sesame mayo for the fish.

I challenge you to pick any of my meals that you'd give up in favor of a frozen burrito or a fast food burger and fries. Life is what you make it, my friend.
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I love what emel suggested, will you come cook for me? =) I'd eat all that easily and happily, but I'm not that good of a cook unfortunately.

I never imagined this diet would be so hard, but I am determined to lose weight. My wife is trying to get me to follow the Body For Life challenge, so we'll see how it goes. I don't mean to sound so horrible, I have a tendency to be overdramatic sometimes. Still down 11 pounds, I'll keep you all posted on my progress as I shed the pounds and how I'm doing it.
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People have posted their meals every day for years, in the main lobby. There are several "induction food porn" threads in the induction section. You can get recipes and ideas from the recipe section and from Linda Sue's site. Cooking and staying on plan doesn't have to be hard, but you may have to put some effort into it.

I eat meat, eggs, dairy, non-starchy veggies, and healthy fats. Due to many food allergies, I can't eat salad or nuts, but most people on ketogenic diets eat those as well. I don't get tired of my food. I cook well, and I enjoy my food. I also eat out on a regular basis.

I don't have menus, but I eat a variety of meats (including seafood), cooked many different ways, I eat a variety of non-starchy veggies, like spinach, cabbage, kale, broccoli, string beans, Brussels sprouts, and many more, cooked all kinds of ways. I eat dairy, like butter, cheese, and cream. I mostly cook with bacon fat (much healthier than its rep) or rendered pork fat, coconut oil, and some olive oil.

I cook in the crockpot fairly often, braising things like pork shoulders with lots of spices and some veggies. I love roasted chicken, steak, pork shoulder, and seafood, so I eat them often, with various veggies.

I try to keep homemade coleslaw in the fridge for a quick grab. If I'm really organized, I'll have boiled eggs and tuna salad in there too, though that's more of a crapshoot. I keep shredded cabbage in the fridge so I can throw a handful in with some sautéing meat, or a stir fry, which I make often. I love a quick stir fry.

I roast veggies often. All kinds, tossed with a little salt and olive oil, they're delicious and have a natural sweetness. There are few veggies I don't like, so I experiment a lot, but my staple veggies are definitely cabbage, greens (spinach, kale, collards), and broccoli. I use the veggies that are slightly higher in carbs, like peppers (hot and sweet), onions, and tomatoes, like seasonings, rather than foundation veggies. Luckily for me, they have strong flavors, so you can add a lot to a dish with a small amount.

I keep burger patties in the freezer (I buy the family packs of ground beef and separate them into patties), so I can make a burger, or use the meat in a quick pan meal with string beans or peppers or whatever. For chicken, I prefer the bone-in breasts and drumsticks to the whole bird, so I buy the big packs and freeze them in serving sizes. That way, I can cook them one at a time, or in a bunch. If I'm doing a stir fry, I'll debone and skin the breast and out the rest aside for a broth.

Like I said, I eat out fairly often, everywhere from fast food to fine dining. I can always find some way to stay on plan and eat delicious food.

I'm not big on making a lot of the LC recipes floating around, especially those that try to emulate high carb foods. Nothing against them, I just mostly don't eat that way, but I love pizza, and I have a yen every so often. I actually don't really like most of the pizza near where I live (I'm an east coast pizza snob living in SoCal), so it wouldn't be worth it for me to eat off plan for subpar pizza. I make a cheese crust pizza that's delicious, and much better than most of the pizzas in my neighborhood! It is completely on plan, and not crazy with the calories either, so it's a nice treat sometimes.
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I get no help from her other than I'm going to die young like Mr. Atkins did... bla bla bla... ughhhh!!!

I'm dying here!!!
First, tell your wife that you're only going to die like Dr. Atkins did (and he was in his 70's I believe) if you slip on an icy sidewalk and hit your head.

Second...ummm...why are you starving and why are you only eating eggs, tuna, etc.?

I have bacon and eggs for breakfast every morning and while my lunch hardly varies since I'm happy with my big chef's salad containing ham, cheese, salami, hard boiled egg and full fat dressing for lunch, my dinners usually contain either a salad or some type of vegie (asparagus, artichokes, green beans, etc.) and some type of protein (crab cakes, grilled steak, stir fry, etc.).

Your meals are only as depressing as you choose to make them. There are wonderful recipes in the recipe section of this forum if you need more variety.

I'm sorry you aren't getting the support you need on the cooking end but, hey...it's never too late to learn a new skill.

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So many choices and varieties. I've been on induction for 5 months.

I had chicken broccoli Alfredo for dinner. Large plate was under 10 net carbs. Only higher because of broccoli, onions, and garlic. Was delicious.

Try bulletproof coffee if you drink coffee. It gives you a boost in the am.
Try at least 1tbsp coconut oil, 1tbsp butter, and whip it up. It will blow your mind how good it is.
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Cb83- what is bulletproof coffee? And what do you mean about coconut oil and butter whipped up? As a topping for veggies etc?
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Use hand blender or regular one, put in a tbsp coco oil, 1-2 tbsp butter, and blend (emulsified it). You get an energy boost, feel full, and get a lot of good fats (energy).
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Cb83- what is bulletproof coffee? And what do you mean about coconut oil and butter whipped up? As a topping for veggies etc?
Bulletproof coffee is 250gm of black coffee whipped (in a blender with butter and/or MTC oil, davinci syrups, etc.). If you do a search on google, it will pull up the site with more information. I just use 2Tbs of kerrygold butter and it tastes very creamy and rich. I don't bother with sweeteners since I don't like sweet coffee.
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i am blessed to be the household chef so totally in control of meals. that said, spend some time on the recipe boards, there are literally thousands of amazing ideas. try a couple, give the wife a night free from the cooking and you can always make a starchy carby side for her if she insists. however, the first time i nade loaded mashed cauliflower my husband didnt know it wasnt mashed potatos til i told him, and even our carb addicted friends gobblell the time and sugar carbs and processed food have done up my low carb meals and sides with aplomb! i won my dh over to the woe ( again) and im so grateful because without it he WILL die young. he is obese, achy tired and has blood sugar issues. wonder bread and pasta have done him ni favors. dh isnt a master chef but he is a grillmaster, btw. he enjoys firing up the bbq a few times a week while i do the sides. but anyone can do a salad ... it shouldnt bre a deprivation thing at all. this woe allows you to enjoy any number if luxurious foods in generous portions. as for the wife, show her the research... good luck!
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