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  • Withdrawal symptoms after going on a low carb diet

    Hi guys,

    I started my diet a few days ago, and I have been feeling very tense ever since. I'm using myfitnesspal as I go along, and my food diary shows that I'm about 300 calories short of my calorie "target" (my average number of calories per day is 1650), and about 140 grams short of my carb "target". It seems I'm addicted to something I've been cutting back on, although I'm not sure what.

    Can you recommend any strategy for coping with this type of withdrawal? I suppose I could start with increasing the intake of proteins and veggies so as to attain my 1950 calorie target, but I doubt doing this will suffice to eliminate the withdrawal symptoms.

    Thank you your thoughts.

  • #2
    It is probably sugar. This is very common.

    The Low Carb Flu | Mark's Daily Apple

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    • #3
      Thank you Jim for suggesting that it is sugar my body's missing. I have always been into savouriness, though. Therefore my intake of sugar must have been pretty low even before I went on my diet. So I'm not sure it is sugar I'm addicted to. Or do you mean to say that my body is missing the blood sugar that it used to convert my carbs into? If that is the case, how do you fight sugar withdrawal?

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      • #4
        Are you including saturated fat in your diet? Carb cravings are killed by the small addition of saturated fat, lard, coconut oil, butter. In my experience, eating a lot of lean meats and vegeable oils leaves you unsatiated and this often manifests as cravings. Fat phobia is rife but once you overecome it you find your food is much more satisfying both to the tastebuds and nutritionally. Some saturated fat is good for you.
        Last edited by Claraflo; 12-21-2011, 05:05 PM.

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        • #5
          Thank you Claraflo for suggesting saturated fat. However, my cholesterol numbers are high, and I've been told by my GP to steer clear of saturated fatty acids. I'll have to find something else if I am to try and experience satiation while depriving myself of carbs.

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          • #6
            Get a new GP or ignore his advice. Enjoy Saturated Fats, They’re Good for You! by Donald W. Miller, Jr., MD

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            • #7
              I think you need avocados ~ higher (healthy) fat, tons of nutrients, delicious any way you eat them~

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              • #8
                You need fat to quell the sugar withdrawal feelings....you will feel antsy, off, "rummagy" (as in rummaging around for that which you really want but not finding it), an unless you are a very controlled person, you will manage to stuff all kinds of things into your mouth while trying to figure out what "it" is you actually want. It's FAT, save yourself the heartache and dive in...you will feel calm, energized, stable and satiated, promise. Meat and fat.

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                • #9
                  Eat a stack of short ribs, an avocado, a well marbles steak, use butter on your meat. You "need" fat
                  Integrity is what we do when nobody's watching.

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                  • #10
                    Doesn't sound too abnormal. Personally, when I take a break from paleo - when life gets in the way or my discipline goes for the holiday season or something - or eat some more generous carb paleo for a bit - like lot's of mashed potatoes - I get some kind of withdrawal symptoms too. Almost without fail I get a pretty killer headache after 2 or 3 days low carb. But then I guess my body adjusts and everything is okay.

                    For suggestions, I think avocados sound great. Personally I love them. Get over your fear of saturated fat. Read Track your Plaque by Dr. William Davis if you're concerned about your heart. I would throw in eggs. Even your gp, if he is at all competent, will agree that eggs do not have an effect on cholesterol or heart disease status. Eggs are great for getting calories in. Maybe be more liberal with the olive oil to dress the veggies you steam up. Oh, and eat twice as many veggies as you were before ;-).

                    Good luck
                    Last edited by Primalest; 12-21-2011, 07:04 PM. Reason: Incomplete
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Thaumas View Post
                      Thank you Claraflo for suggesting saturated fat. However, my cholesterol numbers are high, and I've been told by my GP to steer clear of saturated fatty acids. I'll have to find something else if I am to try and experience satiation while depriving myself of carbs.
                      I understand the dilemna. We and most GPs have all been indoctrinated with saturated ft = heart attack. But let me ask you this. If your numbers are high and you've been avoiding saturated fat, why is that? Maybe saturated fat isnt the culprit. Moet people eat only the 'healthy fats' but seem to suffer from high numbers. Why is that?

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                      • #12
                        When i started, I allowed myself to eat just about any quantity of primal foods while going thru withdrawl. I also went easy on myself. It felt like i was sick for several days and eventually the craving went away. Once my eating plan became a habit and the carb flu went away, it was smooth sailing. I ate lots of summer sausage and some fresh raspberries. It felt like I was having a treat since I dont eat those often.

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                        • #13
                          You could also try adding in some high quality magnesium - natural calm brand an hour or two before bed is a favorite around here. Homemade bone broths with sea salt can also be helpful.
                          Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

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                          • #14
                            Don't forget too that to your body a bowl of oatmeal is the same as a bowl of jelly beans. Bread has a bigger glycemic load than Coke. If you followed the government (and your GP's) dietary recommendations you'd consume about 2 cups of sugar every day, even without eating a single piece of candy. Also, your GP and the government are wrong about cholesterol. They're wrong about what it signifies. They're wrong about what raises it. They're wrong about it causing heart disease. They're wrong about how to control it. If you can, watch the movie Fat Head. I watched it the other day and it explains the whole cholesterol/heart-disease connection really well. I can't believe it but my BF actually watched it yesterday and when I came home he was breathless about having found an explanation for why he had to go on prozac after doing the 8 week cholesterol cure diet and getting his cholesterol down to 180. I'm hoping he's about ready to see the light and come on board this sane and scientifically provable healthy diet.
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