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    Mind you, I am not upset about these changes.......I'm just wondering how they are to be explained.

    I was a carb addict with high blood sugar 20 pounds overweight, when I started primal eating six weeks ago. For the first four weeks, I felt awful with the low carb flu. I also was having horrible hypoglycemic crashes. I increased my fat intake and eliminated fruit from my diet, and the blood sugar crashes disappeared almost entirely.

    After 10 days or so of stable blood sugar, I decided to try intermittent fasting, and I had no problem fasting through breakfast---something which, heretofore, would have been impossible for me. I wasn't losing weight, though, so I decided to try to cut back my calories a bit on the margins---two pieces of bacon instead of six, for example. I lost a couple of pounds.

    Now all of a sudden, as of the last three days, my appetite has shrunk substantially. I can go hours between meals without getting hungry or hypoglycemic. When I do sit down to eat, I can only eat a fraction of the calories I was eating before. Then I feel full and want to stop eating.

    I know that I am going to lose weight now. I can't NOT lose weight---I am consuming a fraction of the calories I was eating before.

    I'm sure there is a scientific explanation for what is going on with me. Would anyone like to take a stab at what it is?

    Thanks,
    Johanna Anderson

  • #2
    You've become a fat burner~ congratulations!

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    • #3
      Wow, like totally far out!

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      • #4
        Ketosis! It's awesome.

        People get hungry when their blood sugar drops, and yours isn't dropping because your body is breaking down your fat stores and keeping you stable.

        Enjoy it! And make sure you're drinking enough water and taking a multivitamin, since you're not eating as much.

        _-J o u r n a l_--------- ---- ---- --- --- -- -- -

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        • #5
          Same thing happened to me about a month in. Since then I only eat one meal a day because thats the only time I really want to eat. Just listen to your body-it will tell ya what to do.

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          • #6
            That happened to me and my wife when we were dropping weight as well- suddenly we couldn't finish a full meal at our favorite restaurants, where we used to also have an appetizer and dessert.

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            • #7
              Good on you then!

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              • #8
                ketosis is a natural appetite suppressant.

                now that you're not getting insulin crashes, your body will regulate itself and you will actually begin to feel when you are truly hungry.

                it's a wonderful change, huh?
                As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.

                – Ernest Hemingway

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                • #9
                  If you get cramps, twitchy, or can't sleep well at night, take some magnesium and potassium and drink plenty of water. Otherwise, enjoy it - what is happening is that your body (metabolism, hormones) is cooperating with your desire to lose weight instead of fighting it.
                  If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/ and this (personal fave): http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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                  • #10
                    leg cramps

                    Originally posted by tfarny View Post
                    If you get cramps, twitchy, or can't sleep well at night, take some magnesium and potassium and drink plenty of water. Otherwise, enjoy it - what is happening is that your body (metabolism, hormones) is cooperating with your desire to lose weight instead of fighting it.
                    Funny you should mention cramps---I've been having a lot of cramps in both calves for about a week! I started eating a banana a day (my only fruit) in hopes of alleviating them. Maybe I should just supplement with potassium and magnesium.

                    I can't help looking in the mirror when I walk by----It's the first time in so long that I like how I look in a skirt!

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                    • #11
                      It's a wonderful thing

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by JohannaAnderson View Post
                        Funny you should mention cramps---I've been having a lot of cramps in both calves for about a week! I started eating a banana a day (my only fruit) in hopes of alleviating them. Maybe I should just supplement with potassium and magnesium.

                        I can't help looking in the mirror when I walk by----It's the first time in so long that I like how I look in a skirt!
                        It's very common to cramp up when starting low carb, it happened to me too. Definitely up your Mag and Po with a supplement for a couple of weeks. It's a temporary thing having to do with fluid loss etc. and not a big deal.
                        Bananas don't actually have that much potassium, by the way. Dark green veg has more. And as for the skirt - pics or your a liar!
                        If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/ and this (personal fave): http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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                        • #13
                          avocado and miso soup are good for this too.
                          As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.

                          – Ernest Hemingway

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                          • #14
                            "What's happened to you" is that you've flipped the endocrine switch that lets you make use of your main fuel 'tank'--ie., your body fat. You'd been living from meal to meal running on a tiny reserve of blood sugar, all too soon depleted, while much of what you consumed got locked away as more fat. Now the floodgates are open. That's the nutshell summary, anyway.

                            Take the difference between what you eat now and what you used to eat, visualize that amount in the form of lard or butter (or what have you), and then consider that you're getting about that much energy from your own fat stores each day...hey, no wonder you're not hungry! Enjoy the ride!
                            6' 2" | Age: 42 | SW: 341 | CW: 198 | GW: 180?

                            “Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.”
                            ― Søren Kierkegaard

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                            • #15
                              I didn't say I look really GOOD in a skirt--at least not yet. But for a 50 year old woman, it's not bad. I'm on my way. When I have lost about 15 more pounds, I will definitely post a picture!

                              The insidious thing about the obesity epidemic here where I live is that my standard for what is normal and acceptable can easily start to shift. When I go out, nearly everyone I see is hugely overweight and has other symptoms of poor hygiene and self-care (it's Appalachia). By local standards, I am practically a supermodel already.

                              Can't help growing older, but it will be fun to look damn good while I'm at it!

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