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Have I developed insulin resistance after two months of low carbing?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 13, 2013 at 9:56 AM

I've been low carbing for two months, consuming under 100g for the first month and 100-150g the second month. I increased carbs due to low energy and sluggish workouts and I've noticed some improvements but nothing significant. I need to up my carbs to 200-250g because I'm very active, so I figured I'd do carb refeed days to start.

I had a refeed day yesterday, and I had the chills after eating, low blood sugar and confusion. Is my body shocked with the surge in insulin? Am I becoming insulin resistant? How do I reverse this? I want to start eating starch and fruit regularly, I cannot do low carb but I didn't expect this. I'm really frustrated and fed up, I'm deeply regretting going low carb. Any advice would be appreciated, really depressed here.

The hypoglycemic-like episodes were actually happening in my VLC days due to excessive protein. After I ate any form of protein, I would pass out on the couch. It's now the complete opposite, after carbs I feel terrible. Please don't suggest going back to high fat, I was a zombie for two months.

I never had any health problems prior to low carb.

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on July 14, 2013
at 06:11 PM

*sniff, sniff* Troll?

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on July 13, 2013
at 07:06 PM

Try being more gentle with reintroducing carbs so your body can readapt. Also worth checking your thyroid, adrenals and fasting insulin levels so you know what is going on. If you had an extreme calorie deficit and high cortisol from life stress/overexercising, then you may have whacked out your adrenals.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on July 13, 2013
at 06:59 PM

Low carb diets are not dangerous. Many of us here have been eating 50-100 gm of carbs for years with no problems. It is likely that you underestimated your carb AND caloric needs and accidentally under-ate. It is very common to do this, especially if you are exercising a lot.

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on July 13, 2013
at 05:26 PM

Sheer impatience, naivety and ignoring contradicting evidence. I eat the normal three meals a day and some fruit snacking in between. Breakfast is usually a lot of fruit and veggies with some protein and fat, lunch includes some starch, protein and fat and so does dinner. I just need to abandon the idea of 'fat burning' and get back to sanity and optimal health as soon as possible.

58e5d69da6d565f4d15afe1fa0c8c698

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on July 13, 2013
at 05:22 PM

Right now, I don't particularly care. I'd even consider reverting back to my old diet, I just want to reverse this as soon as possible and suggestions would now be more helpful than defending dangerous low carbohydrate diets.

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on July 13, 2013
at 04:29 PM

Then that is the answer.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on July 13, 2013
at 03:38 PM

http://ketopia.com/physiological-insulin-resistance/ http://high-fat-nutrition.blogspot.com/2009/09/physiological-insulin-resistance-and.html

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on July 13, 2013
at 03:36 PM

Eating carbs reverses physiological IR. She is already doing that.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on July 13, 2013
at 03:34 PM

Did you even read the link?

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on July 13, 2013
at 02:24 PM

It may be normal, but that doesn't mean it won't cause typical insulin resistance problems when going back on carbs. It's still fair to ask how to reverse it.

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on July 13, 2013
at 01:52 PM

Why were you going low carb? Also, describe your eating habits, frequency, quantities, etc. Same for your exercise habits.

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on July 13, 2013
at 11:52 AM

IR when vlc is normal and physiological, not pathological:

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/does-eating-low-carb-cause-insulin-resistance/#axzz2YvRz6sBl

Not sure what is going on with your body, though.

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on July 13, 2013
at 04:29 PM

Then that is the answer.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on July 13, 2013
at 03:34 PM

Did you even read the link?

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on July 13, 2013
at 03:36 PM

Eating carbs reverses physiological IR. She is already doing that.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on July 13, 2013
at 06:59 PM

Low carb diets are not dangerous. Many of us here have been eating 50-100 gm of carbs for years with no problems. It is likely that you underestimated your carb AND caloric needs and accidentally under-ate. It is very common to do this, especially if you are exercising a lot.

58e5d69da6d565f4d15afe1fa0c8c698

(5)

on July 13, 2013
at 05:22 PM

Right now, I don't particularly care. I'd even consider reverting back to my old diet, I just want to reverse this as soon as possible and suggestions would now be more helpful than defending dangerous low carbohydrate diets.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on July 13, 2013
at 03:38 PM

http://ketopia.com/physiological-insulin-resistance/ http://high-fat-nutrition.blogspot.com/2009/09/physiological-insulin-resistance-and.html

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on July 13, 2013
at 02:24 PM

It may be normal, but that doesn't mean it won't cause typical insulin resistance problems when going back on carbs. It's still fair to ask how to reverse it.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on July 13, 2013
at 07:06 PM

Try being more gentle with reintroducing carbs so your body can readapt. Also worth checking your thyroid, adrenals and fasting insulin levels so you know what is going on. If you had an extreme calorie deficit and high cortisol from life stress/overexercising, then you may have whacked out your adrenals.

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on July 13, 2013
at 09:59 PM

Insulin resistance is different for everyone. I have PCOS which causes my insulin resistance . The only way I can lose weight is with a low-carb diet.

When I first started low-carb and felt sluggish, I would drink some low sodium broth. It always helped. After my first two weeks I never had the problem again. Now, when I eat too many carbs, or anything "white" I get that sluggish feeling and bloat.

If there is an immediate concern, instead of taking the advice of others here, how about you set up an time to speak with your doctor? Only they can take into account all of your bloodwork and health problems to make sure you do not have an underlying condition.

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on July 15, 2013
at 12:04 AM

Ask your doctor to put you on Metformin aka Glucophage, it's for treating insulin resistance. Combined with a ketogenic diet you can turn your body from sugar burning to fat burning, get near where you want to be weight wise then start moving out of ketosis back into a good health Paleo diet low in carbs but well rounded with lots of veggies & low sugar fruits.

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on July 13, 2013
at 04:09 PM

Make sure you are balancing the amount of carbs you have with half of that in protein. This is just my opinion and what I was advised, though we are all different. Try eating throughout the day as well if you do not already. So if you have 30g carbs, have 15g protein. Also keep a variety of foods in your diet.

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