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Old 08-10-2014, 06:45 AM   #1
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Morning exhaustion?

Hey folks,
I'm new and chock full of questions! The one I have at the moment is, does anyone else have experience with waking up feeling very tired after switching to LC? I've been doing Atkins since 7/15 (just under 4 weeks), carbs at or below 25g/day, and it's generally going quite well - cravings are gone, very manageable appetite, weight headed in the right direction - except for this one problem.

My energy levels are steady throughout the day, so I'm definitely not having the noticeable blood sugar highs and crashes that I was having before going LC. But when I wake up in the morning, I've been feeling oddly sluggish and tired - almost like I haven't slept at all, and would be fine just staying in bed a good while longer. I've been taking potassium and magnesium (citrate) supplements, have been staying hydrated, and have been drinking bouillon on many days. I can't seem to get that energy burst everyone talks about!

Any ideas what the problem might be??

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Old 08-10-2014, 06:50 AM   #2
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sorry that you are feeling tired in the mornings. That feeling for me is always cured with extra water and some broth. I don't eat any processed foods so I have to be careful to make sure that I get enough salt or else I feel like a wilted leaf.

Did you change your coffee consumption in any way?
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Old 08-10-2014, 06:59 AM   #3
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Nope, no change in coffee consumption - always just 1 cup a day, first thing when I get to work. And I *think* I'm getting enough salt - I'm a salt abuser from way back , so I'd be shocked if between the salt I'm putting on my food and the sodium in the broth, I'm not getting enough.
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Old 08-10-2014, 07:01 AM   #4
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A nice salted cup of coffee with a some CO added gets me going.
No kidding! I also do best with breakfast . . . nearly always a bit of bacon and an egg or two.

Really, though, I think it just takes our bodies some time to adjust. Being a bit tired is probably not a cause for concern unless you can't shake it off as the day goes on.
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Old 08-10-2014, 07:02 AM   #5
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How are you getting your carbs- mostly from low carb veg?

I'd recommend a full mineral supplement because we lose so much water weight at the start and you can wind up going mineral deficient, a sign of which is fatigue.

I'm also a salt lover, and without processed foods which somehow are full of sodium but don't taste that salty to me, I can eat a lot of it.
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Old 08-10-2014, 07:18 AM   #6
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The exhaustion first thing in the morning means your body is having a bit of a problem switching from predominantly burning carbs to predominantly burning fats for energy. It's nothing to worry about. That's quite common. It can take 3 to 6 weeks for the body to completely make that change and adapt to the new metabolic pathway.
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Old 08-10-2014, 09:35 AM   #7
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How are you getting your carbs- mostly from low carb veg?

I'd recommend a full mineral supplement because we lose so much water weight at the start and you can wind up going mineral deficient, a sign of which is fatigue.

I'm also a salt lover, and without processed foods which somehow are full of sodium but don't taste that salty to me, I can eat a lot of it.
What do you recommend as a full mineral supplement? Is there such a thing as one supplement that supplies all or do we need to take several to get the mix we need. TIA
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Old 08-10-2014, 09:48 AM   #8
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I like Solaray - Mega Multi Mineral capsules, they also have an Iron Free version if you are avoiding it. I am leery of the liquid mineral supplements because they've been found to contain things like arsenic and lead. It's a full spectrum of minerals but the dosage is 4 pills. I'd start with that to see if you feel better, then you can drop down.

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Thank you soooo much!
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Old 08-10-2014, 09:52 AM   #10
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No problem- hope it helps. Being tired is no fun and these really helped me.

ETA oops I just realized you aren't the OP. Are you also dealing with tiredness?

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The exhaustion first thing in the morning means your body is having a bit of a problem switching from predominantly burning carbs to predominantly burning fats for energy. It's nothing to worry about. That's quite common. It can take 3 to 6 weeks for the body to completely make that change and adapt to the new metabolic pathway.
I agree with this^. It is also important to replace your electrolytes with regular sodium broth (2 cups per day) and a pat of butter makes it even better. Make sure you are helping your body to transition by feeding it dietary fat.
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Old 08-11-2014, 07:34 PM   #12
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Yes, some general tiredness but also some aches and weakness in legs. Getting much better now.
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