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    Hi all. I'm one week into the PB diet and feeling worse and worse! I am tired all the time, finding it very hard to get out of bed in the mornings even after 8 hours sleep, my skin and hair are dry and I'm breaking out in spots! Not good. I am an avid health and fitness fan, and have tried lots of different approaches before PB, my diet has been low carb for a few years now so I shouldn't be having this much trouble.

    I was feeling great on my diet before starting PB, but wasn't loosing enough fat so thought I'd try this out, any ideas what could be going wrong?

    Here is a typical day:

    protein shake, 3 eggs cooked in butter with vegetables and nuts

    2 tins of tuna, big salad, avocado, olive oil

    250g gass fed beef mince, olive oil, vegetables

    Also, I work out every other day with weights for 1 hour and I walk for 45 mins each day.

    In an attempt to remedy the situation, today I carbed up with 350g sweet potatoes and dropped the fat. Hopefully this is what I need.

    Thanks

  • #2
    What was your diet like before you started? Can you show us a typical day?
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    • #3
      Sure,

      rest day:

      1 scoop protein
      150g rye bread
      30g nuts

      3 eggs
      1/2 tbsp olive oil
      1 scoop protein

      250g beef/salmon
      avocado
      60g rice
      veg

      1 tin tuna
      1 tbsp mayo
      salad

      workout day

      1 scoop protein
      150g rye bread
      30g nuts

      3 eggs
      1/2 tbsp olive oil

      225g chicken
      1/2 tbsp olive oil
      100g rice
      veg

      225g chicken
      1/2 tbsp olive oil
      100g rice
      veg

      thanks

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      • #4
        Are your vegetables just a side dish? Try bumping those up a bit. For one meal, try making a variety of vegetables the main course and adding some meat on the side, like Mark's Big Ass Salad.

        Edit: But when I say "like" I don't mean a salad, I saw you listed a salad. Kale, broccoli, onions, carrots, peppers, etc. I like to stir fry a bunch together for my morning meal.
        Last edited by DubleYoo; 12-18-2011, 02:00 PM.

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        • #5
          I didn't feel so good the first week either and I gained a pound to boot! As soon as you adjust to the diet and withdraw from the sugar you'll start to feel better! Trust me
          52 year old Male
          Goal: 185lbs
          April 10th: 220lbs

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          • #6
            Whats with the protein shake? Isnt the idea of primal to get off the reinef stuff and go to the source? I could never lose fat drinking whey isolate either, it was like fat glue in my body.

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            • #7
              Did you add anything to the first week that you don't normally eat? A supplement? Dairy? A new protein powder?
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              • #8
                Carb flu. Give PB a good month for your body to adjust. Carb flu happens, it sucks, but it happens.
                Height: 5'2"
                Starting weight: 180lbs
                Current weight 130lbs

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                • #9
                  skip this post
                  Last edited by Dirlot; 12-18-2011, 06:24 PM.
                  Eating primal is not a diet, it is a way of life.
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                  • #10
                    If you are really struggling you could keep the rice for a week and just cut out the breads and other grains. Not ideal but it is a way to ease you in.
                    Eating primal is not a diet, it is a way of life.
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                    Don't forget to play!

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                    • #11
                      Give yourself a month to get over Carb flu!! I was reasonably low carb when I started but once I went strict carb flu kicked in for about 3 1/2 weeks! Stick with it.
                      Keep the the fat. Your body will switch.
                      Ditch the protein powders.( Stick to real protein)

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                      • #12
                        Looks like you went from a diet that included some grains at 2-3 of your meals each day to one that doesn't have any. That's going to make you feel pretty bad at first. You might also want to quit all the exercise until you start feeling good again. It's a big change for your body. It's going to have to retool itself to use fat for fuel instead of carbohydrates and that takes a little time. In the mean time, your body is going to flush out a lot of retained water and you're going to feel even worse. You might want to stock up on some potassium and magnesium supplements and table salt to help get you through that stage. Once you come out the other side, though, you're going to feel great. At that point, you might phase in a little more carbs and go back to your exercise program.
                        Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                        • #13
                          ok thanks everyone, so the consensus is its carb flu, regarding new foods, the only thing thats new is butter, I am using some to cook with now instead of olive oil, I don't suppose that could affect me?

                          I feel a little better after my carb up yesterday, is it OK to do that once per week or will it prevent my body from making the switch?

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                          • #14
                            As hard as it is to admit around here, it could be the butter. Olive oil isn't that bad really, butter is better but some people can't tolerate it. Best option is coconut oil, regardless of sensitity. Try cutting it out, see what happens. If you feel better try eating some butter again because as people said it might just be the carb flu that you got over. If you feel bad again, it's probably the butter, if you feel fine it was the carb flu :P.

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                            • #15
                              Go back to your old way of eating.

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