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    I started PB on Monday and was feeling great already until today. Today I am feeling weak and light-headed. Is this an effect of eliminating carbs/sugar cold turkey? I am slowly trying to go primal. I am trying to go about this slowly (still eating my Kashi Go-Lean with skim in the morning) cooked chicken breast for a morning snack, LARGE salad with fish for lunch but I am still hungry. Hoping this will pass soon. LOVE this site!

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    BTW, I am a female age 37, 5'6, 145 lbs. I am reasonably athletic (I run) but the weight is not budging and I am tired of being tired so I am trying Primal Blueprint.

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    Hmm, maybe not.

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    Today I had about a tbs of shredded cheese and a tbs of ranch dressing. Not the right fat, I know..Yesterday I had about a handful of almonds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vanhelb View Post
    Today I had about a tbs of shredded cheese and a tbs of ranch dressing. Not the right fat, I know..Yesterday I had about a handful of almonds.
    Fat is too low. I usually try to consume 65% of daily calorie intake in fats. So if my daily requirement is ~2000 kcal then 1300 kcal need to come from fat, roughly 140 g/day.

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    It's normal to be light headed and get flu-like symptoms as you adjust to burning fat more for energy and converting amino acids into glucose for yourself. It doesn't happen to everyone, but I think to most. It clears up as your body switches on the genes needed to deal with it, anything from a couple of days to weeks depending on the person. As mentioned above in the early stages especially eat plenty of fat to make the adjustment easier. Also at the start there is a shift of fluids and electrolytes so you lose salt and magnesium. It's worth having something salty like bouillon and taking magnesium supplements while you make the transition if you aren't feeling great (provided you don't have a history of kidney problems).

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    Quote Originally Posted by vanhelb View Post
    BTW, I am a female age 37, 5'6, 145 lbs. I am reasonably athletic (I run) but the weight is not budging and I am tired of being tired so I am trying Primal Blueprint.
    how long do you run and how often?

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