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Old 06-09-2011, 03:33 PM   #1
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Symptoms of Carb/Sugar Withdrawal..

What symptoms do/did you have?

I am half way thru day three of lowering my carbs (not even down to induction levels yet - approx 50 -60 carbs / day right now) and I am having the usual experiences I have had before.. headache, zero energy, sinus pain (always get this from some reason) but I have discovered another thing that I just realized I have experienced before... dizziness. It's happened in the past I just only now tied it to being what I think is another withdrawal symptom.

Just every now and then.. a bit light headed with a touch of dizziness.

What were your withdrawal (carb detox!) symptoms?

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Old 06-09-2011, 03:36 PM   #2
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What symptoms do/did you have?
Hi dH…

I lost weight.


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Old 06-09-2011, 03:41 PM   #3
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Old 06-09-2011, 04:10 PM   #5
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Funny enough, I get no negative symptoms. My heartburn is gone instantly, that is the most noticeable difference.
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Old 06-09-2011, 04:17 PM   #6
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I think the one I noticed most when I first started was I had very little patience and was really irritable.
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Old 06-09-2011, 04:22 PM   #7
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I never had withdrawals since I prefer salty over sweet.
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Old 06-09-2011, 04:37 PM   #8
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just like you, sinus pain, dizziness, also always stayed very warm, tired
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Old 06-09-2011, 04:39 PM   #9
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I never had withdrawals since I prefer salty over sweet.
There are more carbs than just sweet.....
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Old 06-09-2011, 06:10 PM   #10
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withdrawl

This is my fourth day. I had a headache since yesterday it is a dull headache. I figured it was withdrawl when I took some aleve and it didn't make a dent. I also experienced light head, and dizziness. I am a carb o holic so I figured my body would act like its getting off crack LOL
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Old 06-09-2011, 11:08 PM   #11
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I also got irritable. But now I just notice that I dont get sick at my stomach every time I eat anymore.
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Old 06-10-2011, 05:36 AM   #12
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Yikes! I've never experienced those symptoms. I may just have really bad cravings so I drink a ton of water. Hang in there!!!
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Old 06-10-2011, 05:37 AM   #13
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I also got irritable. But now I just notice that I dont get sick at my stomach every time I eat anymore.

Oh yes- this too! Don't come near me with a piece of bread or a dessert or I will bite your head off!!! Ha ha.
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Old 06-10-2011, 05:43 AM   #14
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Since I stopped eating grains this week, I noticed this morning that I have one doozy of a headache.
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Old 06-10-2011, 06:00 AM   #15
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Hi dH…

I lost weight.




I get a lot of symptoms.

1. slight head ache
2. loss of appetite
3. a slightly 'buzzed' feeling
4. dry mouth
5. a bit of insomnia
6. sudden relief from I.B. symptoms
7. a slight loss of weight

I wish I had known to drink homemade chicken broth. I do that now just cause I love it!
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Old 06-10-2011, 07:34 AM   #16
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This time around I just had the headache. Previously I'd only had listlessness.
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Old 06-10-2011, 09:03 AM   #17
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Mostly I just get really tired for a few days to a week.

The good side-effects far outweigh the bad - once the energy kicks in, appetite suppresses, and my joints stop aching it's all good.
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Old 06-10-2011, 02:35 PM   #18
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Recently read a blog by Eades of protein Power. He said to lessen the initial symptoms, be sure to get in plenty of fat.
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Old 06-11-2011, 04:21 AM   #19
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I feel cold for the first time in many years. Our house thermostat is usually set on 67 degrees winter and summer. I have ceiling and table fans pointed at me day and night at home. My classroom is controlled by a computer at a central location, all are set at 78 degrees (air-conditioning) and 68 degrees(heating) so there are two 12 inch fans blowing on me at all times-year round. This past week I have been shivering at my house and have reset the thermostat to 74 degrees and spend a lot of time in the 99 degree heat index outdoors of humid Tennessee.

A few bouts of Induction Flu nausea-cured so far by Lite Salt in hot chicken broth.

Shin pain relieved by the potassium in Lite Salt as well as heating pads and Motrin.
I am not exercising yet-after two weeks of the dramatic shift in food intake during Induction I will begin walking 15 minutes daily until I have some stamina.
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Old 07-09-2011, 09:25 PM   #20
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Nausea and headache are my two main symptoms. Ugh
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Old 07-09-2011, 10:15 PM   #21
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When I first tried to go from a million a day down to none I had all kinds of symptoms. Nausea
headache
very little patience
irritable
dizziness
fatigue
felt sort of "drunk" (Maybe, never been drunk)
I literally couldn't talk. I would try and couldn't think of the right words. It was scary and frustrating.

I ended up doing NO carb from morning until 3 P.M. for a few days. Then went until 6 P.M. then until 8. Then went to Atkins.
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Old 07-10-2011, 04:23 AM   #22
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I had a monster headache, first was so tired, then got so much energy, very, very irritable, to the point where my family wanted me to stop doing what I was doing!
But I also realized my heartburn was just gone, plus I've has IBS for forever, it's helped that so much.
The good so outweighs the bad beginning, and that was only cause I was coming off the "poison"!
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Old 07-10-2011, 08:49 AM   #23
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I had the fatigue, irritability that a lot of others had. I also had a lot of digestive issues that initially made me nervous because I've had surgery for diverticulitis before - some stomach cramping, diarrhea (very dark too - sorry if this is TMI, but someone else might be experiencing it and worrying also) and gassiness. But the good news is that all that has passed only a week in!
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Old 07-10-2011, 02:39 PM   #24
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nausea, headache, feverish feeling...it sucks.
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Old 07-10-2011, 06:02 PM   #25
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I've had all the symptoms mentioned at one time or another. The first time I got a monster migraine and felt like I had the flu. Every subsequent time I have done induction the symptoms lessened, now I'm in ketosis most all of the time without side effects maybe insomnia a bit once in a while.
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Old 07-10-2011, 06:27 PM   #26
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I didn't really have any carb withdrawal symptoms. I may have had a headache on one of the first few days, but headaches aren't unusual for me, so I never attributed it to starting low carb. By day 4 I felt great - it's not that I felt bad on the first few days; I felt the same as I had the few days before that - but once I got going I really felt much better than I did before low carbing.
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Old 07-10-2011, 09:44 PM   #27
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This thread just goes to show how incredibly different everyone is. When I still to a low carb WOE I instantly feel better... No more food comas, more energy, more positive attitude, no more intense cravings
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Old 06-26-2012, 08:01 AM   #28
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Killer Headache
Dizziness/Fainting when working out hard
Irritability
Nausea
Trouble spelling. (see above)

It pretty much sucks. But I can get through it. Last night I had a few bites of yogurt to try and calm them. Didn't work... This too shall pass!
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Old 06-26-2012, 08:57 AM   #29
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Killer Headache
Dizziness/Fainting when working out hard
Irritability
Nausea
Trouble spelling. (see above)

It pretty much sucks. But I can get through it. Last night I had a few bites of yogurt to try and calm them. Didn't work... This too shall pass!
2 cups of regular sodium chicken broth should ease your symptoms if not cure them!!
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Old 06-26-2012, 11:26 AM   #30
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The headaches, dizziness and general fatigue may all improve if you are eating more salt. Low carbing has a diuretic effect that causes your body to flush out retained water as your glycogen stores are depleted.

You MUST drink plenty of water, especially in those first few days, or you may become dehydrated. In addition, you need salt and potassium to keep your body fluids balanced. A good way to get enough salt is to sip some salty broth (check the ingredients if you use canned broth--try to avoid MSG and added starches). I think Swanson's natural broth with 1/3 less sodium is a good, safe broth to drink or make your own (it's SO easy!).

Add salt to food, too--don't be afraid. On the SAD we eat so much processed stuff loaded with sodium. As you get into this WOE, you will find it easiest to prepare your own food, and you will not be getting anywhere near the levels of sodium you get from processed food products.
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