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    I don't want to go into any detail but ever since I started this diet I don't think about that anymore, there's no urge. In a way it's a relief, but I am worried. I googled it and I found other people who went through the same thing. Anyone experiences this? Is this temporary?


    (It also got me thinking: Imagine if the whole world went on a low-carb diet: less rape, less involuntary reproduction, less STD's, etc...)

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    I have found the opposite to be true...


    How long have you been going low carb? Some people run into energy problem in the first few weeks...

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      so primal diet do increase sex drive after a few months?

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        Arthur, I have been on a low-carb diet since last Thursday, making it less than a week (I know, I&#39;m still a n00b). Am I only still adjusting to it?

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          Yea... you&#39;ll be fine. Give it a good 90 days...


          Are you working out as well?

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            Maybe you&#39;re preoccupied with the idea. Whenever I spend a couple weeks thinking a lot about something (for example, I really wanted to start playing drums a while ago) I stop thinking about things like sex. If you have only been on the diet for a short while it could be that and once living healthily becomes more second nature it will come back.


            Then again I could be completely wrong and it might be the low energy phase a lot of people seem to go through at the start (:

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              Also... as you get into better shape... you&#39;ll want to take your new bod for a spin After all, that is really the reason why we all work out and stick to a good nutrition plan... to look good naked... lol

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                ^ Hahaha, exactly. And yes Arthur I am doing HIIT 5 times a week and body weight training sparingly at home. I don&#39;t have access to a gym yet but classes start in 10 days so I&#39;m going to use my college&#39;s gym. Also, is it true that low-carb diet affects memory? That can&#39;t be good for college

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                  I&#39;ve noticed my brain function seems sharper...

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                    the study I read about memory only put subjects on low-carb for 1 week. In that time, I am sure you do have memory problems. But once you get over that first couple weeks, it should be fine.

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                      You may not be eating enough fat. The body will find, um, alternate ways to conserve energy if you are not taking enough in.

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                        Wow, okay, I&#39;ll take your word for it. There are so many studies out there saying that the brain can&#39;t function without carbs and yada yada.


                        PrimalJewishA, I am having around 100 grams of fat per day. Note though, that I am also on a low calorie (1,700) diet to lose weight faster.

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                          I wanted to post the same thread! But I think James is right, you could be overly preoccupied with other things. Once I set my mind on it, I&#39;m good.

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                            Jess, so you&#39;ve had the same problem? I am a very carefree person at the moment so I don&#39;t know if that applies to me. But it may, and I am not even aware.


                            Anyways, my memory will surely be put to test when I start taking the japanese class. If there is a notable improvement, I will definitely report on it! I don&#39;t know when my sex drive will be put to test though, haha.

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                              There are so many studies out there saying that the brain can&#39;t function without carbs and yada yada.</blockquote>


                              Did it not function for the Eskimo? Did it not for many North American Indians?


                              People in both these groups ate up to 80% of their calories in the form of fat. If their brains weren&#39;t functioning, they couldn&#39;t have got through life. I&#39;m not saying that everyone needs to be eating "macronutrients" in that particular proportion - just that there are populations that have eaten almost no carbohydrate and done just fine. In fact they&#39;ve had generally better health (and - who knows? - possibly better mental functioning, too*) than the average person in our society.


                              I&#39;d say a laboratory "study" is useless if it&#39;s falsified by real-world facts.


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                              * Always remembering that anyone can only think inside the terms that are current in his own society - unless, perhaps, he&#39;s some kind of rare genius. So while your biochemistry may be optimal, if you haven&#39;t had certain life-experiences, and haven&#39;t been able to learn what others have found, your abilities in certain areas will be underdeveloped.

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