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    Before going low carb, I never experienced this. It's too coincidental to just happen after switching to a higher fat diet. My arms are very numb and weak especially my left arm (I generally lack strength and stamina after going low carb, maybe something is going on with my muscles). It's very cold and weak and I know my doctor will discourage me to continue.

    I am a month into a low carb diet and have encountered a heap of problems. My energy and concentration are back to normal but still not *fully* there, whereas my muscles are getting worse. I take potassium magnesium omega 3 and calcium supplements daily. I don't take any other medication. Am I eating too much fat? Too little carbs? I'm a young, healthy male pre-low carb and see no issues contributing to this other than the diet. I eat 150-200g of fat a day (I eat dairy products everyday), 120g protein and 25g carbs. Too much fat? Cut the dairy? Give it time? I am seriously thinking about incorporating some berries and more veggies and try and hit 50g of carbs a day, as well as reducing the fat and protein slightly because my blood circulation is really poor. Any suggestions? I am not overweight or diabetic. I also drink a gallon of water a day as well as consume enough sodium. There is no other explanation and my case sounds rare but I don't think my body can properly cope with the high amounts of dietary fat. I would really appreciate some suggestions.

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    I used to get that cold feeling, too sometimes. Not anymore. I think it might take a few months to adapt. But the real question is, are you sure you need to go this low carb? Do you do a carb refeed day here and there? There's a thousand ideas we will be throwing at you, don't get suckered by any of it - if this isn't working for you and some hacks don't fix it, try something else. I'm lucky, this worked well for me. So it's easy for me to say things like, "Give it time, etc."
    Crohn's, doing SCD

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    • #3
      You're a young healthy insulin sensitive male who isn't overweight. Why on earth are you on a low carb diet?

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      • #4
        Can I ask you : what is your daily menu ? That much dairy may not be the best you can eat ...
        If you have no weight issue, no blood sugar problems, etc, then all you have to do is this:
        - eliminate all grains from your diet
        - avoid fructose as much as possible (refined sugar is half fructose)
        - eat whatever you want as long as you don't snack all day long and that the food is real (meats, fish, eggs, veggies, tubers, fruits, herbs with a little salt here and there)
        - sleep good
        - move your body for fun

        That's all there is.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Forgotmylastusername View Post
          You're a young healthy insulin sensitive male who isn't overweight. Why on earth are you on a low carb diet?
          To get my appetite and binging under control after months of struggling. Lowcarb has helped me lose weight, clear up my acne, improved my concentration, I've tried everything and lowcarb feels right for me. I'm just scared of incorporating fruits and more carbs back into my diet and the weight will come back. I think I need to tweak my diet a little or give it time, but I'm not consuming any hidden sugars, starches or gluten and it seems like this isn't common and shouldn't be happening.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Mikee5 View Post
            To get my appetite and binging under control after months of struggling. Lowcarb has helped me lose weight, clear up my acne, improved my concentration, I've tried everything and lowcarb feels right for me. I'm just scared of incorporating fruits and more carbs back into my diet and the weight will come back. I think I need to tweak my diet a little or give it time, but I'm not consuming any hidden sugars, starches or gluten and it seems like this isn't common and shouldn't be happening.
            It is very common to feel like you do - like crap!! - on that low carb

            Wheat causes appetite to get out of control - some carbs do not. There is no reason for you to be on a low-carb diet. listen to your body! Its screaming for some carbs. Are you going to cut fruit and safe starches out of your way of eating your whole life?

            Eat a sweet potato, potato, yam, bit of white rice if you feel like it, an apple, or something. Why do you think the weight will come back eating these healthy items?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Rueben View Post
              It is very common to feel like you do - like crap!! - on that low carb

              Wheat causes appetite to get out of control - some carbs do not. There is no reason for you to be on a low-carb diet. listen to your body! Its screaming for some carbs. Are you going to cut fruit and safe starches out of your way of eating your whole life?

              Eat a sweet potato, potato, yam, bit of white rice if you feel like it, an apple, or something. Why do you think the weight will come back eating these healthy items?
              I don't think my body handles high carbohydrates well, it triggers cravings, energy crashes and keeps me constantly hungry. My body responds well to protein but because I haven't consumed such high amounts of fat for two years it's concerning me and I know a good plan like Primal/Paleo encourages high fat.

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              • #8
                Adding an apple to a diet as low carb as yours does not make it high carb! LISTEN to what people are telling you.
                Annie Ups the Ante
                http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread117711.html

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Annieh View Post
                  Adding an apple to a diet as low carb as yours does not make it high carb! LISTEN to what people are telling you.
                  It's more about how my body and appetite will react to reintroducing some more carbs and fruit again, I don't want the weight gain or hunger again. I'm more concerned with linking the high fat content of my diet to the poor circulation and weakness but I'm considering reducing the fat a little and increasing the carbs.

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                  • #10
                    Are you drinking that much water per day because you're thirsty? That's a lot of water to consume only because you think it will be healthful for you to do so. Especially if you drink any other type of beverage in addition to the gallon of water per day. Your dietary salt needs could be much higher than the RDA with being over-hydrated on a chronic basis.



                    I'd have a coat on all the time if I did that.

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                    • #11
                      I agree with the others, if you're not feeling right, no need to be so low carb. Perhaps cycle 2 days LC, 1 day reefed if you want. But it sounds like your body isn't responding well to consistently LC. I'm exploring this myself right now because I get depressed VLC for too long. Just have to figure out what that "too long" window is.

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                      • #12
                        I went very low carb a few years back and felt OK for a short while - also lost weight fast and got to about 144 lbs for a 6 foot male. Felt it was too little!

                        Anyway, I started feeling really tired, cold, shaky and began adding back some carbs in the form of white potatoes occasionally, or white rice, and some fruit. I now regularly eat more carbs, weight has stayed stable at around 144 lbs so not going to move from there I fear, and my energy / brain focus / body temperature are fine. It has now been about 3 years of eating some carbs with most meals - usually about 120 / 140 grams per day.

                        I don't believe VLC suits everyone.

                        Looking at a recent FitDay days entry, fat represented 52%, carbs 26% and protein 22%. I don't know if that is considered good, average or way out of kilter - but I feel good on it!!
                        Last edited by breadsauce; 05-14-2013, 06:15 AM. Reason: adding fitday info

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                        • #13
                          Primal Blueprint is not a high fat diet and it's not a low carb diet. Mark even had a blog post about this common misunderstanding a couple months ago. The misunderstanding is that the common wisdom is that your diet should be 20% fat and when you eat real food your diet will be around 50% - 60% and for some people even 70 - 80%. That's calories, not volume. The other CW is that you need at least 60% carbs in your diet or you'll practically keel over from malnutrition. Not true. Carbs are optional but you can still eat them and you SHOULD eat them (Mark says) if you are young, insulin sensitive and/or physically very active.

                          Just eat the real food. Have as much sweet potatoes and fruit as you like. If you are very active doing stuff like weight lifting you might try a little rice as well. And more protein might make you feel better as well. Stop drinking so much water. Read Waterlogged for more information (there are a couple of really extensive reviews out there that will save you the trouble of buying the book).

                          The acne probably cleared up because you quit eating wheat so don't necessarily credit the low carb.
                          Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by breadsauce View Post
                            I went very low carb a few years back and felt OK for a short while - also lost weight fast and got to about 144 lbs for a 6 foot male. Felt it was too little!

                            Anyway, I started feeling really tired, cold, shaky and eventually began adding back some carbs in the form of white potatoes occasionally, or white rice, and some fruit. I now regularly eat more carbs, weight has stayed stable at around 144 lbs so not going to move from there I fear, and my energy / brain focus / body temperature are fine.

                            I don't believe VLC suits everyone.
                            Did you reduce your fat intake when you added back the carbs?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
                              Primal Blueprint is not a high fat diet and it's not a low carb diet. Mark even had a blog post about this common misunderstanding a couple months ago. The misunderstanding is that the common wisdom is that your diet should be 20% fat and when you eat real food your diet will be around 50% - 60% and for some people even 70 - 80%. That's calories, not volume. The other CW is that you need at least 60% carbs in your diet or you'll practically keel over from malnutrition. Not true. Carbs are optional but you can still eat them and you SHOULD eat them (Mark says) if you are young, insulin sensitive and/or physically very active.

                              Just eat the real food. Have as much sweet potatoes and fruit as you like. If you are very active doing stuff like weight lifting you might try a little rice as well. And more protein might make you feel better as well. Stop drinking so much water. Read Waterlogged for more information (there are a couple of really extensive reviews out there that will save you the trouble of buying the book).

                              The acne probably cleared up because you quit eating wheat so don't necessarily credit the low carb.
                              So what should my ratios look like if I'm eating 2000 calories a day? I'm aiming for 50g carbs, 120g protein and 100g fat.

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