Negative Side Effects from Low Carb Diet?

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awilker

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Posted: 08 Apr 2011, 16:03
I'm wondering if any of you have experienced negative side effects from low-carb diets? Lately I have been experiencing many of the symptoms of hypoglycemia (no verification of this yet, though). Basically, lots of dizziness, headaches, forgetfulness. Everyone always says low carb, high protein diets will give you more energy and make you stay fuller longer, but I feel like I'm always starving!

I'm wondering if low carb could be a catalyst. I know usually low carb will help with hypoglycemia, but I've also read in some instances it may have the opposite effect.
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Posted: 08 Apr 2011, 16:38
Did you just start low carbing? I'm on Atkins and when you start induction you can get the "Atkins flu" same symptons you described. It's your body going through the detox process. It never bothered me too bad, but I've read if you increase your sodium it will help offset the side effects, extra salt on food or chicken broth. This helps balance things until your body adjusts. It will pass after a few days, maybe a week, it all depends on how carb addicted you are.

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PRose85

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Posted: 08 Apr 2011, 17:17
I did atkins and lost 40 pound in two months and got very sick (weak). the next month when i added some carbs back in i could not stop gaining and got so sick that i ended up in the hospital because the rapid loss and gain affected my entire body and it was like my body was in shock. I could not stop shaking.
birdybrain

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Posted: 08 Apr 2011, 20:17
If your food calendar is accurate it looks like you range between high and low carbs. Maybe you're not giving your body a chance to switch to fat-burning, so on the low-carb days it's still expecting sugar to burn - and then yes, that can result in hypoglycemic symptoms.
Hermiones...

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Posted: 08 Apr 2011, 22:39
I think it's very hard to respond to this query because your diet calendar is incomplete for the past couple of days, and before that you were eaing a lot of carbs. I think you have to do at least two weeks of well documented low carb eating before you can get a handle on how it affects your body. I've been eating a low-glycemic diet for the past 10 months, which means I eat relatively low-carb-high-protein. I'm on a very consistent balance of 30-40% carbs -- mostly complex from whole grains -- to 60-70% fat and protein, and I've not had any of the symptoms you describe. Why don't you try really getting into the groove of low carbing and then check back in with us?
awilker

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Posted: 09 Apr 2011, 07:46
I've done low carb consistently in the past and had the same problems. I plan to do low carb all next week and see what happens and report back.
jo60

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Posted: 09 Apr 2011, 08:24
I am having trouble finding that "good " place too.
I seem to feel better around 50-70 carbs (not Net carbs) although sometimes my fber is + 30 grams.
I am trying to track everything but I know if I don't feel quite right one day I will eat more carbs but then the next day go down a bit.

Yesterday I had 70 g carbs 35 net and felt very light headed at night..
I had increased my protein by 30 grams..who knows maybe that triggered more glucose/insulin and then a drop.
It can be a bit tricky if the induction level is too low...which it is for me.

Low carb ranges for nything under 140 g/day as far as I know.
I started around 70-100 g omitting all processed and white foods (save dairy) in January and felt quite good..
tried to come down levels mid march and it is just not working as much as I would like to lose a few more lbs more quickly.

I have lost 20 lbs since Jnauary with 1-2 weeks of off the cart "white comfort food"..which I really missed..cinnamon buns, ice cream, chocolate....but since then mid march I have not any cravings at all.
The MIM has looked after my "bread" and comfort cravings.



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Posted: 09 Apr 2011, 12:01
The only negative side effect I have found while low carb eating is:

Having to spend a small fortune on new clothes.
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Posted: 09 Apr 2011, 13:26
PeeFat wrote:
The only negative side effect I have found while low carb eating is:

Having to spend a small fortune on new clothes.


I can't wait until I get that side effect!

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Posted: 09 Apr 2011, 13:28
PeeFat wrote:
The only negative side effect I have found while low carb eating is:

Having to spend a small fortune on new clothes.


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Posted: 09 Apr 2011, 15:29
I just bought a bunch of size 4's two weeks ago, and they're already baggy! I didn't really expect to lose anymore. I guess I was wrong. Thank goodness I kept the receipt! But my ENTIRE wardrobe is a size 6, and half my stuff is just falling off. Terrible, terrible side effect. Smile
Comfortable at this size/weight (I really don't want to buy size 0 jeans).

It's not about "weight" or the number on the scale. It's about lean muscle mass and body fat percentage.
At 125 I was a size 8 (after I lost 100+ pounds over 1.5 years).
At 135 I was a size 6 (maintained for several years) and over 28% body fat. I had 97 pounds of lean muscle mass and felt skinny fat.
Now at 140 I am a size 2 and have the smallest measurements I've ever had since I started taking them around the age of 18. I'm at 25% body fat and 107 pounds of lean muscle mass!! I'm no She-Hulk, either.

Don't tell me you aren't losing "weight." That doesn't tell me anything. Tell me how much fat you've lost and how much lean body mass you've gained. Here's a good start to estimate: http://www.scientificpsychic.com/fitness/diet.html
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Posted: 09 Apr 2011, 16:35
I have the same problem! All my clothes fall off literally. Cant stay in a size for too long!
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Posted: 09 Apr 2011, 17:31
Everyone's body is different, Awilker. Maybe Atkins isn't for you? If you're still feeling the same hypoglycimic symptoms after your trial next week, it may be time to look at a safer diet. Just a suggestion, though Smile


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Hermiones...

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Posted: 09 Apr 2011, 18:51
Tubbs makes a good point. Not all low-carb diets are the same. Atkins is extremely low carb. But the plan I follow keeps my net carbs far below the 120-124 carbs nutritionists generally recommend, but far higher than I would eat if I followed Atkins. Maybe you need to explore a plan that keeps you closer to that minimum of 120-124, with the emphasis on complex carbs, good fats, and lean proteins. If you tried something like this for a few weeks, then you could gradually dial down your carbs and see how low you can go without producing the symptoms you describe.

And I also love the "clothes are falling off" symptom, in spite of the expense.
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Posted: 09 Apr 2011, 20:06
There's nothing inherently "unsafe" about Atkins. That's just bad propaganda. There is plenty of research that backs it up, and people who have been on it for 40, 50, and 60 years - and they're still going strong. I certainly believed all of the rumors and misinformation. But when I actually looked at the facts, I realized how safe and effective Atkins is. I followed Clean Eating for 14 years, but I never felt like I was in shape, had my cravings under control, or that I would EVER make it to a decent body fat percentage. Atkins did for me in ONE MONTH what Clean Eating could not do in 14 years.
Comfortable at this size/weight (I really don't want to buy size 0 jeans).

It's not about "weight" or the number on the scale. It's about lean muscle mass and body fat percentage.
At 125 I was a size 8 (after I lost 100+ pounds over 1.5 years).
At 135 I was a size 6 (maintained for several years) and over 28% body fat. I had 97 pounds of lean muscle mass and felt skinny fat.
Now at 140 I am a size 2 and have the smallest measurements I've ever had since I started taking them around the age of 18. I'm at 25% body fat and 107 pounds of lean muscle mass!! I'm no She-Hulk, either.

Don't tell me you aren't losing "weight." That doesn't tell me anything. Tell me how much fat you've lost and how much lean body mass you've gained. Here's a good start to estimate: http://www.scientificpsychic.com/fitness/diet.html
awilker

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Posted: 10 Apr 2011, 05:37
Oh, don't get me wrong - I've lost weight from low carb in the past; I just always felt very light-headed and often hungry despite often eating a lot of protein! This just seemed to contradict much of what I'd heard about low carb diets.
jo60

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Posted: 10 Apr 2011, 06:04
Low carb diets have a wide range of carb levels..I am still trying to find my comfort level.
My diet says Atkins "based" but and I am using that philosophy and simplicity rather than a more complex diet with more rules..but I am not really "following" Atkins.
I have a week when I feel great and another not so great..still monitoring to try and discover if it actual "foods" or carb or protein levels.

I had a mild pressure not quite a headache for over a week that today is now gone..I Have been low carbing (in the 70-10 g range total carbs since jan ) and dropped to 45-60 last month and never had that until last week. The main difference is an up in protein and total calories the past couple of days and the extended time at that level.
Is it the adjustment, the added protein, added calories?? I don't know..


There is no law that says you "must" start Atkins or South Beach at phase one.
It seems a lot of people assume Atkins when low carb is mentioned and also assume a 20-25 CARB and not NET carb level.
I think you do have to keep the fat high to satiate and high fiber helps too. The MIM is a great little creature.

As far as I know you "can" eventually get to 100 g carbs on Atkins maintenance..not nec everyone..but many.
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But it seems likely that most people can still receive the benefits by starting at a higher carb level, and avoiding some of the problems. While Atkins starts people at 20 grams of daily carbohydrate, the Eades of Protein Power say 30 grams, Diana Schwarzbein of The Schwarzbein Principle says at least 60, the Zone says 100 to 150, and Sugar Busters would probably be around 140 to 200 grams. All of these are considerably under standard nutritional advice, which is generally around 250 to 300 grams of carbohydrate daily (depending upon calories and other factors), and certainly you hear people on all these plans who are saying essentially the same thing about the positive effects –- decreased cravings, increased energy, etc.

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Posted: 10 Apr 2011, 08:20
awilker wrote:
Oh, don't get me wrong - I've lost weight from low carb in the past; I just always felt very light-headed and often hungry despite often eating a lot of protein! This just seemed to contradict much of what I'd heard about low carb diets.


You may not of been eating enough fat? The more fat you eat, the more ketones you burn, the less hungry you feel.

That's why when some people are not losing they do the Atkins Fat Fast, that way they increase their ketones, losing both hunger & weight.

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Posted: 10 Apr 2011, 08:50
I think the comment about eating more fat is valid on a low carb diet. When I started out, I followed and low carb diet - not as extreme as Atkins. I just kept total carbs mostly below 100, and didn't worry about fat. I found that during that phase, I was usually getting better than 50% of my calories from fat. Now that I'm almost at goal and trying for a "Zone" type balance in my I am still getting about 40% of my calories from fat.

The common opinion in the public is that fat in your diet is bad, but that's just not the case. I find if I don't get enough fat, I get all puffy and don't lose any weight at all.
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Posted: 10 Apr 2011, 13:03
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You may not of been eating enough fat? The more fat you eat, the more ketones you burn, the less hungry you feel.

That's why when some people are not losing they do the Atkins Fat Fast, that way they increase their ketones, losing both hunger & weight.


I have not come across that information anywhere.
Can you tell me where you saw it??
I have seen plenty on eating more protein to increase fat burning but nothing that mentions the more fat you eat the more you burn (because of the fat)
It is true that when you run out of carbs>insulin> energy..you will then move to the next fuel source.
I believe (though I may be incorrect) that the body would next prefer to use protein for energy.

The fat fast is specifically to budge people who are very insulin resistent..as fat is pretty much the only fuel the body has no choice.This is also a very short term diet 3-4 days or so with a limit of 1000 calories and is NOT recommended ..in fact can be quite dangerous..for some who is NOT metabolically resistent.

That information does not translate to the generalized interpretation >> the more fat you eat the more ketones you burn..


and overall..
what is "more fat"??
it is completely relative depending on current fat intake...as well as protein and carb intake.
... low carb also having a W I D E range in both type of carbs and amount.
(I am already eating 65-75% fat ..more is not neccessary.)

apart from that I don't disagree tha more fat may be needed in her diet (or anyone's)

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