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    No energy and feeling sick.

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    OK, so Im pretty sure Im doing things right. Ive read Marks books, articles on this forum etc etc and feel Ive got the diet part right. Im losing weight and keeping my carbs at 25 a day max.
    So, why do I feel so sick and tired?
    Im three weeks in now and my energy did seem better at first but now its really low. So intense is the tiredness I am forced to have a sleep in the afternoon, but still sleep like a log at night.
    This constant feeling of a sickly stomach is not nice either. Is this solely because I am not used to such a high fat diet? After all, Ive been on a low fat low calorie diet for years!!

    Any sensible replies would be gratefully accepted, but please dont tell me to read things Ive already read. If there was anything that answered this question I would have found it by now. Im all read out!!!
    Thank you.

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    Up the carbs!!! There is no reason to keep them under 25! Mark says 50-100 for effortless weight loss. Especially being new to it I would be eating higher carbs. Of course they should be from good sources.

    It does take time for your body to adjust, but it may also be caused by an allergy/sensitivity to a new food you are eating. I'd just try upping the carbs first, curious what does your menu look like right now?
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    For my body, Primal is only possible long term with sweet potatoes otherwise I feel shit and get cravings. There is no reason to keep carbs that low unless you have serious metabolic issues. Add some tubers to your diet and see if it makes a difference.

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    In reply to activia asking what my meals are now a typical day would be:
    Breakfast: fried in coconut oil, bacon, eggs and mushrooms and a black coffee.
    Lunch: Liver, kidneys, steak or lamb with various and varied veg. (no spuds).
    Late afternoon: Omelette with cheese. or plain omeltte made with coconut milk. A yoghurt (sheeps normally), handful of nuts occassionally.

    Hope this helps.

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    Try having less eggs and more meat. Also, if you're feeling sick you could be allergic to something so maybe cut back on the dairy as well and see if it does anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmsantos View Post
    For my body, Primal is only possible long term with sweet potatoes otherwise I feel shit and get cravings. There is no reason to keep carbs that low unless you have serious metabolic issues. Add some tubers to your diet and see if it makes a difference.
    I need the sweet potatoes too. Listen to your body. When you do, ain't nothing better than primal!
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    I had the same issues until I increased the amount of carbs I was getting from healthy sources.You only need to go extremely low carb if you have a lot of metabolic damage to get in check,otherwise there's no need to exclude carbs to that extent.

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    I'll up my carbs a bit. Thanks for all those that gave me good sense answers. There seems to be quite a fine balance between fats and carbs and I guess my mind has not yet totally accepted I can eat all this fat and NOT put on weight, and the only way to do this is to limit my carbs. It appears I have taken that side of things too far!
    I'll increase them and see how I go!
    Watch this space!

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    I am about 12 weeks into the regime and have been feeling great but just yesterday after an ocean swim and training the next morning (I know chronic cardio) I started to feel lousy, a sickly stomach feeling minor cramping the 'system' was all working well and I could not bear the thought of eating although I pushed myself to have something were these similar symptoms to yours and did the advice on just raising the carbs work if so how long and are you still on the program.
    Thanks

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    You only need to go that low if you have diabetes, imo. I try to stick to 25g for mine, but even I have a high carb day once a week. Cut yourself a little slack
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