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Old 03-17-2014, 11:46 AM   #1
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One month low carb zero sugar FATIGUED will it end?

This week is my one month no sugar no wheat low carb. I feel pretty good, haven't lost much weight, but my cravings for all things "snacky" have gone, which is great. Hoping the weight loss with happen soon. Problem is I am BONE dragging tired, and still totally cloudy headed. Is is normal for this to go on so long? I haven't been getting up and working out in the morning because I'm just exhausted. Couple nites last week I went to bed at 6PM. Went for 30 min walk during my lunch today, felt like I was carrying 50 pound sack on my back. Help!!! (i'm going to endocrinologist for labs next month, had a hysterectomy about year ago, wondering if my thyroid is messed up?)
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Old 03-17-2014, 11:53 AM   #2
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It took me a few months to adjust, some of us just take longer I guess. I was also dizzy.
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Old 03-17-2014, 03:14 PM   #3
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Good that you will see a doctor. There can be many things that affect energy. The process of switching to a fat burner is one but as Suzanne said it is individual as too how long it takes.

One thing occurs to me is that you are not specific about your carb and protein intake and those things can be important as you can be in a situation in which you are bouncing in and out of ketosis and in which case, you will be constantly fighting the symptoms and never becoming fully adapted.
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Old 03-17-2014, 05:35 PM   #4
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Good that you will see a doctor. There can be many things that affect energy. The process of switching to a fat burner is one but as Suzanne said it is individual as too how long it takes.

One thing occurs to me is that you are not specific about your carb and protein intake and those things can be important as you can be in a situation in which you are bouncing in and out of ketosis and in which case, you will be constantly fighting the symptoms and never becoming fully adapted.
That was what I did. I did not do enough research when I started, so I kept teasing things that I did not knowi should not be eating.
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Old 03-17-2014, 06:09 PM   #5
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If your calories are overly low for your needs that can also worsen fatigue. Plenty of fat is a great start, along with not keeping your overall intake in the pits if you don't absolutely have to.
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What ARE you eating? are you getting enough fluids, salt, and potassium?
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Old 03-18-2014, 02:06 AM   #7
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What ARE you eating? are you getting enough fluids, salt, and potassium?


Maybe posting a few days worth of menus with quantities will enable us to maybe help out a little more?

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Thank you all for the replies. I appreciate the support! While it is nice to not have intense cravings etc, it would also be very nice to actually lose some weight. This weekend is my one month mark, and like I said, have only lost a couple pounds (hovering right under 200 at 5'6") and I have a lot to lose. I work full time, am in grad school and have a 2 year old, so I haven't really been able to be super consistent w/ a menu. Heres a snapshot-
AM- "muffin in mug" w/TBSP coconut oil and small amount of frozen wild blueberries,
morning snack- small handful nuts
lunch no crust spinach feta quiche
afternoon snack very small apple
2nd afternoon snack Atkins sweet bar
home from work snack piece of cheese or meat stick
dinner some kind of meat & veg
sometimes PM sweet such as coconut milk w/stevia and chia seeds maybe some blueberries, lately no pm sweet
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Old 03-19-2014, 07:30 AM   #9
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Hi kaava,

Thanks for posting your menu.

It is too high in carbs and you are probably not in ketosis.

I would do the following:

- drop the nuts, wait till a later stage of your weightloss journey. They are very carby and could stall you.

- drop the fruit. wait till a later stage of your weightloss journey to add them back in if you want, but only berries. Apples are definitely too sugary. This could keep you from being in ketosis and getting that energy and good feeling.

- pick a plan and stick with it. Decide on your carb amounts for the day that allow you to lose weight. For most people that is below 50.

Eat fats like butter, coconut oil, mayonnaise, olive oil, etc.
Eat green leafy vegetables
Eat seafood
Eat meat
Eat limited dairy if you are not sensitive: stick with hard cheeses and heavy whipping cream in the beginning, and no more than 4 oz per day
Eat eggs

Go! You should keep it simple, life is too complicated as it is already!

If you haven't read any books on LC, I highly recommend Gary Taubes' book : why we get fat and what to do about it.

Another book by Drs Phinney and Volek: the art and science of low carb living.

Another book: Dr Atkins' new diet revolution (published 1992)

Please feel free to ask as many questions as you like and good luck on your weightloss journey!

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Old 03-19-2014, 07:31 AM   #10
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Just adding: eating things like low carb processed foods are often also stalling people...
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Old 03-19-2014, 08:16 AM   #11
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Thanks Mimosa,
I entered that day's worth of info into Livestrong, and it looks like I'm eating almost 100 carb grams daily, so yeah, too many. I just really struggle with all the meat. I'll try to bump it back down and lay off the apples and nuts, maybe try to find something for breakfast other than the MIM, since it's pretty high in carbs also. Do you all have any snack ideas for me? I'm a school teacher and get so hungry in the afternoon.
Thank you again for the information!! kaaren
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Old 03-19-2014, 08:21 AM   #12
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I like making things like ham and cheese roll ups for snacks, or devilled eggs or just a plain pepperoni stick or a babybel cheese.

To be honest, I find that once ketosis kicks in that I don't have any desire for snacks!

What I find really helpful for ideas is the daily What Are You Eating threads. They show you what people are eating, so you can get some good ideas.

A great tip is to prepare yourself and use your free time, like the weekend to do a little cooking in advance.

Check out the Induction Food Porn thread on the Atkins Induction board, lots of good ideas!

You don't have to eat tons of meat, I don't and feel good. I eat eggs, salads with nice dressings, etc. A great discovery for me where shirataki noodles, but they aren't to everyone's tastes...

Good luck!
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Old 03-19-2014, 08:41 AM   #13
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Hi Kaava,
Just another side note - I have read that the Atkins bars have Sugar Alcohols in them and cause a lot of people to stall.. I would cut them out as well.
Try some celery with Helluva Good Dip, or filled with tuna/cream cheese for a nice snack.
I also do Turkey pepperoni or cheese strings.
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