I ate a really bad diet the last days as I do often from time to time, so I decided to go into ketosis to a) lose all the water weight b) controll my appetite again c) lose some weight. I started yesterday with eggs and bacon and very little tomatoes and champignons, then for lunch ground beef and a little sprinkle of goats cheese. 1400-1500 kalories, 7g carbs. The following night (just some hours ago) I woke up with the worst feeling in my life - shaking, worst somach cramps and nauseau like from another planet. Really, I was absolutely sure I was going to die. Later I ate half a tablespoon of Manuka honey (the only thing sweet in the house) because I though my blood sugar was messing around. It's getting better now, but still shaking.
What is this? I'm not in ketosis after just one day, is this really the typical 'ketosis flu'? Do I have to worry about being diabeteic or so? Should I stop or just up my carbs a little? I know I can't go into ketosis with over like 20, 30 g carbs per day :/
asked bybluekitty (252)
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on July 24, 2014
at 08:34 PM
It sounds like dehydration to me. Look up "hyponatremia"
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hyponatremia/basics/symptoms/con-20031445. You have to drink a LOT of fluid to replace what gets flushed out when you deplete your glycogen stores AND you need good sodium and potassium levels to balance the electrolytes.
I agree with Gastronomer that you need to replace the carbs with fat, there wasn't much in what you report that you ate. Don't try to restrict calories, eat to your appetite. If you truly go safely into ketosis, your appetite will control your calorie intake.
on July 24, 2014
at 01:05 PM
Add carbs? Lol. How about you try a real ketogenic diet first? That's not a ketogenic diet, where's the fat? Seriously if you're going to do keto, do it right. Eat some fat, don't be afraid. There's no olive oil, butter, or any fat in your current diet there, just lean protein. Eat a stick of butter or drink at least half a cup of olive oil. If you're eating eggs, tomatoes and 85%+ lean ground beef and nothing more then you are not in ketosis. You're doing a great job watching your carbs, but a ketogenic diet is not protein-based like yours, it should be fat-based. Eating high-protein while also eating low-carb and low-fat results in something called "rabbit starvation", look it up: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabbit_starvation
"Symptoms include diarrhea, headache, fatigue, low blood pressure and heart rate, and a vague discomfort and hunger (very similar to a food craving) that can only be satisfied by consumption of fat or carbohydrates."
Funny when people on "keto" are afraid to eat more fat, but have no problem wolfing down sugar (or honey, same thing).