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Old 03-13-2014, 12:42 PM   #1
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Day 4- Feeling absolutely TERRIBLE

Hi all,

I'm on day 4 of induction (although I had started loosely low-carbing about a week prior) and I feel so crummy. I'm so drained of energy it feels like my feet are weighted. I feel nauseated, no appetite, headache, moodiness, you name it. If I didn't know better, I'd think I was coming down with the flu. Can anyone tell me, is this normal? If so, how long will it last?
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Old 03-13-2014, 01:18 PM   #2
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update: I just tried to nosh on a hard boiled egg and piece of cheese and it made so nauseated I had to lean over the toilet for 10 minutes in fear that I might throw up. This can't be normal, right?! My boyfriend asked if I was pregnant but that's not possible. That's how severe these symptoms are.

Please help!
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Old 03-13-2014, 01:21 PM   #3
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You may be coming down with something.
Try sipping broth, or make it into eggdrop soup (just beat and egg and cook it in the broth) to keep some nourishment coming in until you feel better.
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Old 03-13-2014, 01:32 PM   #4
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the first time I did low carb I felt terrible as well. headache and low energy. trust me it will pass. try eating a small amount of peanut butter, or a few raspberries. they are not induction friendly but they will make you feel a bit better.

give yourself a few more days, it should get better
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Old 03-13-2014, 01:41 PM   #5
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Quite a few people have posted about "induction flu" - this sounds like it might be the same. Search for induction flu and see if anything strikes you.

On a good note, from everything I've read on this site, I recall Induction flu being temporary, but I don't remember typical duration.
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Old 03-13-2014, 02:12 PM   #6
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I had this last week on day 3 of induction, mine got better a couple of days later. I started drinking chicken broth as that was suggested to me.
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Old 03-13-2014, 03:37 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone. I did some homework and see that being sick is really common. I just didn't expect to feel this terrible! I haven't been able to kick the nausea feeling all day but my energy has picked up a tad after having a cup of tea. Hopefully it subsides by tomorrow as I've got a big weekend planned!
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Old 03-13-2014, 03:37 PM   #8
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I had this last week on day 3 of induction, mine got better a couple of days later. I started drinking chicken broth as that was suggested to me.
Did the chicken broth cut down the nausea or was it just so you could get something in your tummy?
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Old 03-13-2014, 03:47 PM   #9
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I just posted that I was exhausted and they suggested that to help with the loss of salt I believe. I did have some nausea, headaches, insomnia, and overall "flu" like symptoms. I feel a lot better as far as all that goes. Give it a try, it helped me quite a bit I believe!
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Old 03-13-2014, 05:07 PM   #10
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I just posted that I was exhausted and they suggested that to help with the loss of salt I believe. I did have some nausea, headaches, insomnia, and overall "flu" like symptoms. I feel a lot better as far as all that goes. Give it a try, it helped me quite a bit I believe!
Thanks! I will tonight :-)
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Old 03-13-2014, 05:12 PM   #11
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Egg drop soup works wonders for th /induction flu! A lc woe naturally wastes sodium and other electrolytes, so make sure you're taking supplements accordingly. I would NOT advise eating anything that isn't induction friendly, as suggested above. Give it time and you'll feel better!
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Old 03-13-2014, 10:40 PM   #12
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It is pretty common...the good news is if you feel terrible it probably means you are close to the end of that bad part...
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Old 03-14-2014, 04:14 AM   #13
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Agree with some of the above, soup is good although too much salt personally makes me feel awful. drinking lots of water too is essential. also, I find myself easing into some of the higher saturated fat things. for instance, avocados are not very filling for me and I could eat them endlessly (although not good for VLC). however there fats such as yesterday, after cooking ground turkey thigh in rendered duck fat yesterday (a pretty generous amount, mind you) I felt sick all day. the best thing to do is not "ease" yourself in by eating fruit and stay as LC as possible. Eating the carbs will trigger your appetite which may help alleviate nausea but prolong ketosis and fat adaption.
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Old 03-14-2014, 07:42 AM   #14
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Sounds like what I recently went thru. I'm a newbie- Feb 16th was my start date of low carbing. On around day 3 I was SO miserable, headache so bad I could barely keep my eyes open. It lasted couple days. Like the other folks have said, sipping some broth really helped, as well as keeping hydrated. Good luck!!! It does end.
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Old 03-16-2014, 08:08 AM   #15
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Sounds like Induction flu - after years and years of eating, I swear, an all carb diet - when I decided to low carb - I literally thought I was going to die during the first 4 days. I was constantly getting sick and felt unbelievably lethargic. It did 2 things - one - it kept me from going off course (didn't want to experience it a 2nd time) and two - it made me realize how bad those kinds of carbs actually were for me. Drink A LOT of water it really helps and once it passes, you shouldn't have to contend with it again. Good luck!
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Old 03-19-2014, 03:50 PM   #16
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Well... I'm back. And let me just say, I don't know if it was induction flu or what but Thursday, I got worse and worse until I started to vomit and after that, it was all down hill for about 48 hours. I had a temp of 102, nausea non-stop, dry heaving, flank pain, dizziness, you name it. I had to go off plan a bit because my boyfriend decided that i HAD to get something down and so I sipped on green juices and a few nut/ fruit based meal replacements (all freshly made from a shop down the street).

I do think that I had something else going on but I also had (sorry for the TMI) very pale stool, which i read can be a negative side effect of ketosis. Honestly, I don't know--- I'm still 'recovering' from the horrible 48 hours. I did get back on track on Monday and even started working out. I weighed myself and I'm down 5 pounds in two weeks, regardless of going off plan!

Thanks for all the advice.
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Old 03-19-2014, 03:56 PM   #17
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I really don't think ketosis would give you a fever. Anyone else?
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Old 03-20-2014, 12:55 AM   #18
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I think you are right, you had a tummy bug. Induction flu does not cause a fever. It just makes you feel shabby.

Well done for getting back on track and dropping the pounds! Glad you are better now!
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Increase salt and drink a couple of cups of bone broth per day. When your body switches to burning ketones instead of carbs for fuel, your body will flush all the excess water it's been holding on to in order to digest carbs. In this process you will lose a lot of salt and minerals, making you lethargic, fatigued and muscle cramps. To avoid or fix this problem, first make sure you are well hydrated, and also increase salt intake (unless of course you have doctors orders not to). Hope this helps, and hope you're feeling better soon!
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Glad you're feeling better. "Carb flu" shouldn't give you a fever, unless you were severely dehydrated.
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Old 03-20-2014, 11:53 AM   #21
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it will pass, and you will feel better than you ever have.

I don't eat NEARLY as much as I should (I know its stupid) usually like 700-1100 calories a day tops (simply because im not hungry).
but im down from 240 to 191 (this morning) since jan 2. stick with it. go get some low carb bread company items (LIFE SAVER I CANT BEGIN TO TELL YOU) and enjoy the ride
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Old 03-20-2014, 02:33 PM   #22
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I'm on day 4 myself and yes I feel yukky... I find that a spoon of peanut butter helps??!?
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Old 03-21-2014, 02:52 PM   #23
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UPDATE: I am 5 days into starting over and I feel AWESOME!!!! I'm not hungry, my head is clear, I'm focusing like a rock star at work, have tons of energy and have lost more for sure (although I haven't gotten on the scale). I'm glad I gave it another shot!
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Old 03-21-2014, 03:16 PM   #24
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Great to hear you are feeling better!

I am on day 5 with 6 pounds gone and I am feeling wonderful!!! LOL

I think what has helped me to avoid carb flu this time is that I am incorporating physical activity (Leslie Sansone) this time around.
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