headache first few days on Atkins

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DDeanna

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Posted: 26 Jun 2012, 10:50
Ive been getting headaches everyday since starting the program. Today so far no headache, But it might come back later, I can feel it barely there. I hope it stops for good soon, that way I can exercise ect...
Lisa Kay

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Posted: 26 Jun 2012, 10:55
Chicken broth (the kind that comes in a box)! It's suggested as a cure for the early Atkins headaches, and sure enough, it worked for me (and not a moment too soon, headaches were awful!)!
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Selene0609

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Posted: 26 Jun 2012, 10:59
Lisa Kay thank you, yesterday was my first day i followed induction, not so good because it says i ate 50 percent in carbs (still need to figure that out), yet the headache in the evening and today in the morning is terrible, will definitely try the chicken stock
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BettinaBlanc...

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Posted: 26 Jun 2012, 10:59
Same happened to me, if you add just a bit more fat from oils or heavy cream and carbs from maybe broccoli or salad it will help.
Remember to aim for % breakdown, not necessarily calories. Ex. I eat 60-70% fat, 35-25% protein, 5% carbs (sometimes it creeps up to 7or 8% of carbs and that's fine, I still lose weight on those days, just try to keep it below 10%)
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Selene0609

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Posted: 26 Jun 2012, 11:02
thank you bettina blanc, i think yesterday my carbs where mostly of salad and vergetables, maybe im eating the wrong ones
goal 1 = 240
goal 2 = 220
goal 3 = 200
goal 4 = 180
final goal = 160 Smile
Selene0609

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Posted: 26 Jun 2012, 11:06
i want to clarify it was 34 percent of carbs not 50 percent yesterday, in my mind when the graph shows me ive eaten more than 10 percent carbs i stop eating and end up eating below my RDI
goal 1 = 240
goal 2 = 220
goal 3 = 200
goal 4 = 180
final goal = 160 Smile
BettinaBlanc...

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Posted: 26 Jun 2012, 11:12
lol, me too at first, but that's when you need to start trying to adjust the percentage. What I try to do is to record everything I've eaten before dinner and then I cook whatever will level the % out.
Like yesterday, I had to eat my broccoli at night because not enough carbs during the day, but I also had to add some olive oil to level out the protein and carbs. The food tool on this website is pretty good for calculating your intake. Don't stress about RDI though, on Atkins if you go over RDI but have the correct breakdown you still lose weight.
It is not enough to take steps which may some day lead to a goal; each step must be itself a goal and a step likewise. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Selene0609

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Posted: 26 Jun 2012, 11:28
i will start doing that...ohhh i get it! it said i ate that much carbs because i ate less of the fats and proteins, so i have to up my proteins and fats so that the carbs could be lower
goal 1 = 240
goal 2 = 220
goal 3 = 200
goal 4 = 180
final goal = 160 Smile
DDeanna

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Posted: 26 Jun 2012, 13:23
Lisa Kay wrote:
Chicken broth (the kind that comes in a box)! It's suggested as a cure for the early Atkins headaches, and sure enough, it worked for me (and not a moment too soon, headaches were awful!)!
....Okay, thank you I will try that! Smile
DDeanna

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Posted: 26 Jun 2012, 13:26
BettinaBlanco wrote:
Same happened to me, if you add just a bit more fat from oils or heavy cream and carbs from maybe broccoli or salad it will help.
Remember to aim for % breakdown, not necessarily calories. Ex. I eat 60-70% fat, 35-25% protein, 5% carbs (sometimes it creeps up to 7or 8% of carbs and that's fine, I still lose weight on those days, just try to keep it below 10%)
good to know, thanks Smile
DDeanna

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Posted: 26 Jun 2012, 13:30
So what is a good RDI to stay on when your on Atkins? 50% or as long as its somewhere not over the RDI? what do you recommend? OH AND WHAT percentage of fat , carbs, protien is good to reach each day?
DDeanna

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Posted: 26 Jun 2012, 13:32
Thank you all for the tips! it is so helpful.
BettinaBlanc...

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Posted: 26 Jun 2012, 13:37
DDeanna, try not to go wildly over RDI, but I don't think calories really make a difference on Atkins and other ketogenic diets as long as you keep your balance right.
Don't forget to eat plenty of good fats though, to me it's been the fats that have made a real difference. I guess I was eating too low fat and that tends to add hidden carbs. As long as carbs are 10% or less of your nutritional balance you should do fine.
Good luck Smile
It is not enough to take steps which may some day lead to a goal; each step must be itself a goal and a step likewise. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
voluptuous...

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Posted: 26 Jun 2012, 16:19
DDeanna-if you are having headaches try and drink more water. Many of the high protein items we eat are loaded with sodium which can cause dehydration. Also, the lack of sugar and/or caffeine can cause the headaches. They eventually go away, but make sure you are drinking LOTS of water. Best wishes to you Smile
Shawna
Preggo38

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Posted: 01 Jul 2012, 14:33
Low carbing can be very dehydrating. Protein breakdown and fat breakdown require water. Make sure you are well hydrated. A good rule of thumb is to drink a minimum of your weight in kg in oz of water. If you weigh 80 kg then drink 80oz of water..minimum. If you exercise drink more water in addition to that. Headaches should be a thing of the past.



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