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Chasing the dragon?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 05, 2012 at 5:19 PM

I'm on my 5th week of paleo. The first few days were rough, but I remember feeling EXCELLENT by the 4th or 5th day. I did feel a drop in strength, but after introducing a few sweet potatoes before/after workouts I had tons of energy and felt lean and unstoppable.

But the last week or two just hasn't been the same. I don't really feel any more energetic than before I started paleo, and the 'high' is gone. I'm thinking of tweaking my diet to be more like the first week or two (i.e., very low in carbs), but I'm afraid I'll always be chasing the dragon. Anyone else feel like this? Anyone get back that high?

I should note that I'm happy with paleo's positive effects so far: better skin, better sleep, better digestion. FYI: my diet before paleo was very healthy -- whole foods, etc, and I'm not trying to lose weight, rather, I'm trying to put on some additional lean muscle mass.

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on July 05, 2012
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Interesting -- I've been adding a TON of salt to everything I cook, I can't get enough. And re: going VLC, maybe I'll give it a real try. No cheat days, but I have been consuming a lot of fruit recently. I'll try to cut back for a few weeks and see how it goes. Thanks guys.

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on July 05, 2012
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It takes about 3-4 weeks to adjust to ketosis from a very low carb diet. There hasn't been much recent research on it sadly. You may experience "Keto Flu" where you feel terrible for the first few days or week. After that you should feel alright, just lower energy. After the 3-4 weeks I mentioned you should be in "deep" ketosis and have normal or better energy reserves. It's important that you keep strictly to the VLC diet. If you have a few cheat days you won't hit proper ketosis and will have to wait longer.

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For most people, a couple of weeks. It took me longer because I sort of eased into it. For a VLC diet (Paleo or otherwise) and training, "The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance" Phinney and Volek, is the best source that I know of. The Kindle edition is six bucks at Amazon. They say that the most common cause of muscle weakness at the beginning of a VLC diet is lack of salt, but there are other considerations, too.

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Not sure how long it's supposed to take---I gave it about a week (most of my weights dropped 10-20% and I was eager to get back on track). How long did it take you to adapt?

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Did you give yourself enough time to adapt to the VLC diet?

My training suffered in the short-term after starting a VLC diet, but improved in the long-term.

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on July 05, 2012
at 09:20 PM

Interesting -- I've been adding a TON of salt to everything I cook, I can't get enough. And re: going VLC, maybe I'll give it a real try. No cheat days, but I have been consuming a lot of fruit recently. I'll try to cut back for a few weeks and see how it goes. Thanks guys.

E2d885a66875eb01e931d369fac7353c

(427)

on July 05, 2012
at 05:55 PM

Not sure how long it's supposed to take---I gave it about a week (most of my weights dropped 10-20% and I was eager to get back on track). How long did it take you to adapt?

F0a3e3f17d9a740810ac37ff2353a9f3

(3804)

on July 05, 2012
at 06:09 PM

For most people, a couple of weeks. It took me longer because I sort of eased into it. For a VLC diet (Paleo or otherwise) and training, "The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance" Phinney and Volek, is the best source that I know of. The Kindle edition is six bucks at Amazon. They say that the most common cause of muscle weakness at the beginning of a VLC diet is lack of salt, but there are other considerations, too.

5ba6e30333221db2f17d5be871837f26

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on July 05, 2012
at 06:15 PM

It takes about 3-4 weeks to adjust to ketosis from a very low carb diet. There hasn't been much recent research on it sadly. You may experience "Keto Flu" where you feel terrible for the first few days or week. After that you should feel alright, just lower energy. After the 3-4 weeks I mentioned you should be in "deep" ketosis and have normal or better energy reserves. It's important that you keep strictly to the VLC diet. If you have a few cheat days you won't hit proper ketosis and will have to wait longer.

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