I just started Paleo last week and now just feel so dead it's ridiculous.
I see a post about a "Low Carb Flu", but I have been low carb for quite some time. I ate very healthy with lots of veggies, protein and some fats. The biggest change for me is now I am up to about 60% fat and am feeling dead at work past noon.
I know people say it's part of the process (it's only been a week), but are there any remedies? I have to speak with people on the phone about software engineering (recruiting) and I can't just say "Oh I'm trying Paleo and not feeling well, sorry".
I easily get my protein at around 200g already (6', 180lbs, great shape, exercise often)...would it be bad to go higher than that? I basically just feel the need/want to eat a bunch right now, but I don't want to eat straight fat all the time. Thanks in advance for any help!
EDIT: I was eating a lot of beans before (mainly lentils) for my protein and I suppose that gave me some carbs as well. I would have a serving for bfast and lunch...maybe that has something to do with it?
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on November 07, 2012
at 09:43 AM
I will get murdered for this but real Paleo ain't low carb, When I did Mark's Daily Apple "diet" I felt kike absolute crap. Weight loss was not that great and I was losing muscle. On 100 grams of carbs.
I didn't give up on Paleo. I read Cordain's book and some other old school palo guys who basically have this motto: If you can pick it or kill it- eat.
So drastically increased my fruits and kept vegetables high. I eat about 8 servings of fruit along. I try to stick to low gylcemic fruits like granny smith apples, oranges, berries, etc. I try keeping them to the kind diabetics eat but I eat a lot of fruits and love pine apple, etc,
I don't count carbs on this diet but start every single day with a protein shake, cod liver oil and apple. Adding fruits improved my energy levels ten fold, increased (yes INCREASED fat loss) and increased muscle gain. I love more muscular and lean since adding fruits and fell 1000x better.
I honestly think "low carb" is crap and counter productive. I suggest you stay away from any paleo diet that tells you to count carbs. You won't be able to function with 50-100 grams of carbs per day,
on November 07, 2012
at 11:26 AM
It's important to make a distinction between paleo and ketogenic. Which one you follow depends on your goals. If you're going for weight-loss first and foremost then you should focus on becoming keto-adapted (fat burning with 50-100 g of carbs daily) so that you train your cells to run on fat primarily. As you begin ketone production and the adaption to burning them you will probably feel suboptimal.
However, if you're not trying to get leaner and just want to address auto-immune, digestive, or general health issues then you should pick up your carb levels using complex carb starches and green veggies. Add in more fruit and berries if you enjoy it too. This will give you a pick me up since you'll be processing glucose again and your mitochondria won't feel starved.
Check out a new blog I'm starting that is written from a beginner's perspective Paleo Novice. I aim to try and leave the complex science and tweaking out for now and just write about getting the diet clean and the activity levels up to a minimum. I'm brand new at blogging so any feedback is welcome.
on November 07, 2012
at 12:41 AM
Not everyone should expect to have the ability to successfully adapt to low carb.
In fact, for certain people, low carb may not be in alignment with their metabolism and genetics. It's worthwhile considering if one is suited to extreme low carb before embarking on it (but everyone should expect to benefit from low processed carb).
However, to answer your question, you should consider your micronutrient intake and ensure that the flu symptoms you're experiencing are not as a result of some deficiency there.
on November 06, 2012
at 11:44 PM
Unfortunately this is one of the times you'll just have to suck it up and deal with it. The low carb flu is basically your mitochondria adjusting to burn more fat than carbs. So right now you're out of fuel because you're trying to burn the wrong stuff. That adaptation takes some time. It took me nearly 3 weeks. Sometimes, things like coconut oil can help because that's a much easier to burn fat, but adding in carbs will just delay the transition.
Here's a good post about the low carb flu: http://www.gnolls.org/1984/the-science-behind-the-low-carb-flu-and-how-to-regain-your-metabolic-flexibility/