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Old 12-02-2013, 09:18 AM   #1
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LC Flu on 70g carbs a day?

HI all,

I posted on an older thread and no one has responded so I thought I'd try a new thread for visibility. I know I'm a little higher than most but I thought I'd start here and gradually work myself down to 50 g carbs or less. Has anyone else noticed LC flu symptoms on 70g Carbs a day? Am I shooting myself in the foot by doing it gradually? (eg. dragging it out) Opinions? thanks!
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Old 12-02-2013, 12:41 PM   #2
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I don't believe it's possible to go into ketosis eating 70 grams of carbs a day, is it?

did you have that fast water weight loss at the beginning? that is what depletes your sodium and gives you the flu symptoms.

as to you last question, probably yes. there is a reason that after working with a zillion weight loss patients, Atkins stuck with the induction period the whole time. it adjusts your body and mind and prepares you for the rest. some people only do it for two weeks, you know!
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Old 12-03-2013, 02:44 AM   #3
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Hi, I responded to you on the older thread. My husband agreed to try "lower" carb and ended up around 100g a day from a really high carb diet and he suffered from low carb flu. I was quite surprised as i thought his carbs were too high for that but. But yup he was sick as a dog!
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Old 12-03-2013, 02:59 AM   #4
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IMHO, carb flu can be caused by things like sugar withdrawal as well. If you are a sugar addict, AND sugar is causing major issues in your body you will get those symptoms as you withdraw from sugar. I have many friends who have turned primal or paleo, many are not anywhere near low carb, and some of them have had carb flu symptoms making the switch, while others who were more serious and lower in their carb intake have had no ill effects. I also think. If you are actually low carbing, just do it, dive on in. If you get awful symptoms, they won't last forever, and if they are really bad, it may turn you off going back....
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Old 12-03-2013, 03:13 AM   #5
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I agree with lucky mama, my husband eats a lot of wheat, he must have bread or pita or ciabatta etc etc with every meal, probably the reason he suffered so much! Having said that its all temporary, i had it and feel abdolutely fine now!
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Old 12-04-2013, 09:25 PM   #6
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Thank you all for your comments!!
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FWIW, a blogger I read went on a lower-carb diet and gradually reduced his carbs to 40g. He had LC flu for 3 weeks, in part because he kept occasionally eating fruit and other somewhat high-carb foods over those 3 weeks. There's less misery if you cut your carbs as low as you plan to go immediately - it takes the body less time to process the glucagon out of the liver and switch to fat-burning mode.
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Old 12-05-2013, 06:57 AM   #8
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That is a valid point, MerryKate. I'm doing better now.
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