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Is a ketogenic diet not for me?

Asked on September 18, 2014
Created July 13, 2014 at 12:08 AM

Several times I've tried sticking to an extremely low-carb diet (75% fat, 20% protein, 5% carbs). And each time I've tried, I've gotten the weirdest symptoms: extreme fatigue, anxiety, mental fog, fever/chills, weakness/dizziness, and heart palpitations. I get similar symptoms if I fast (I've water fasted five days straight before).

The longest I've made it on a ketogenic diet is four days (that fourth day being today). I gave in and put some local honey in my green tea. I feel much better already.

I'm a female and suspect I may have PCOS (as I speak, I haven't had a period in several months), which is why I wanted to try this in the first place. I'm also an endurance runner (I'd say I average a little over 10 miles a week, so nothing crazy), and have dealt with disordered eating in the past.

Anyway, I suppose my main query is this: if I were to maintain my carb intake around, say, 100 grams, would I be doing my body a disservice? For a while I kept it between 60-80 grams and felt decent. Am I just being a wimp and not waiting these symptoms out, or could very low carb diet be bad for me?

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on July 13, 2014
at 11:10 PM

is there a particular reason you want (or need) to be on a ketogenic diet...?

when you say that you 'haven't had a period in several months', i don't believe a ketogenic diet will help. others may know better tho perhaps? but you definately do not want to be under-eating. good luck

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on July 13, 2014
at 03:39 PM

Yeah, I know. Disordered eating and food intolerances are what brought me to the paleolithic diet. I want peace.

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on July 13, 2014
at 08:13 AM

...don't be put off by the word 'athlete'...it applies to non-athletes as well

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on July 13, 2014
at 07:45 AM

the 'athlete triad' comes to mind. eat sufficient carbs. eat sufficient calories & nutrients. have your tried following 'phd' > perfecthealthdiet.com/the-diet

& have a read of this; very-low-carb-dieting-are-the-hormonal-changes-risk-free (mentions the athlete triad and amenorrhoea)

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on July 13, 2014
at 06:15 AM

I should have included a link to a critical review of the book, just so you know I'm not getting a cut of any book sales.

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at 12:14 AM

Also, consistency is extremely important to me. If I can't be consistent, I'm liable to develop disordered eating habits again (binging, restricting/fasting, over-exercising, etc.).

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on July 13, 2014
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I suggest you get Stefani Ruper's book PCOS Unlocked. I'm told that it's the most cutting-edge thinking on dealing with this issue. Obviously, I'm male, so I can't comment from a base of experience. But PCOS is a serious hormonally-based problem, so if you want to resolve it on your own, you need to educate yourself.

As a runner, I suspect that you need a higher level of starches than you're giving yourself, and possibly more than 100g. But work on the PCOS issue first.

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on July 13, 2014
at 06:15 AM

I should have included a link to a critical review of the book, just so you know I'm not getting a cut of any book sales.

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on July 13, 2014
at 02:39 PM

hey Ahart94!

Oh actually to be honest, if you never made it past 4 days... You never made it in to ketosis. Your body didn't get the chance to switch over to a fat burning body.

There are a few things you can do, but you must stick to 'induction' levels 100% for 2 weeks. Most people start to feel better on day 6.

But there is a hack! An amino acid you can buy as a supplement L-glutamine. It is the only amino acid that can pass through the blood brain barrier and feed your brain energy (your symptoms).

Remember to drink lots of water, and you might also need to add electrolytes or sodium.

I hope this helps!

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on July 13, 2014
at 01:05 PM

First, take care of the disordered eating stuff. Forget about what percent of carbs you "should" be eating; if you find that keto makes you feel icky, don't do it, especially not if you're running even 10 miles per week. Eat more carbs, 60-100 g/day if you need a number, and keep track of how you feel over the next few weeks. But seriously, disordered thoughts=unnecessary stress, which is so not paleo.

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on July 13, 2014
at 03:39 PM

Yeah, I know. Disordered eating and food intolerances are what brought me to the paleolithic diet. I want peace.

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