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Tired and weak after 6 days on Paleo

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 06, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Hello! Over the last two days I have felt weak in my legs and arms and all I want to do is sleep. I am never very hungry anymore and eat for fuel now, so is my body just not used to the much lower caloric intake? I like the fact that I don't need those crap foods and I am not craving sugar- but I don't like how I feel right now. I'm trying to get enough calories through the good foods but I don't feel like eating more. Any suggestions?

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on March 06, 2013
at 03:29 PM

Can you please share with me what you edited from my post? Thanks!

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on March 06, 2013
at 11:27 AM

Sorry, didn't realized that was not allowed on PaleoHacks. Just trying to acknowledge the source.

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on March 06, 2013
at 01:49 AM

Keep the promotional links out of posts, please.

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on March 06, 2013
at 01:39 AM

Nothing wrong with sweet potatoes, potatoes, white rice and fruit.

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on March 06, 2012
at 03:32 PM

Welcome to Paleohacks! What you're feeling is entirely normal and expected. Search around on here for a while, particularly for terms like "low carb flu", "low energy" etc., and you will see that you are definitely not alone. That tired feeling in your legs is because your body is not used to using fat as a fuel source. A lot of people experience wheat-withdraw as well, which can cause headaches and flu-like symptoms. You might feel this way up to a month, but it's just your body adjusting to the life-style.

6 days in, you are right in the thick of transitioning to lower-carb, grain-free living. Stick with it, get plenty of rest, eat as much as you feel like, make sure you get enough good fat, and you feel phenomenal soon!

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on March 06, 2013
at 01:35 AM

You're right on target; here's a helpful guide (based on the Whole30 stages):

Day 1: What's the big deal?

Days 2-3: The Hangover (*Here's where you are)

Days 4-5: KILL ALL THE THINGS!

Days 6-7: I just want a nap...

Days 8-15: Boundless Energy, now give me a Twinkie (or piece of chocolate)

Days 16-21 & beyond: Tiger Blood

Beyond: Um, when do I return to the junk?

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on March 06, 2013
at 01:49 AM

Keep the promotional links out of posts, please.

C5c1073ffc65c5b737408d1d6cc68e86

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on March 06, 2013
at 11:27 AM

Sorry, didn't realized that was not allowed on PaleoHacks. Just trying to acknowledge the source.

C5c1073ffc65c5b737408d1d6cc68e86

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on March 06, 2013
at 03:29 PM

Can you please share with me what you edited from my post? Thanks!

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on March 06, 2013
at 01:28 AM

I started exactly one week ago, I'm feeling everything you are feeling. (currently in bed on my laptop). I feel as though i want to give up and eat grains and a glass of milk. Not worth it though. Hopefully it gets better.

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on March 06, 2013
at 01:39 AM

Nothing wrong with sweet potatoes, potatoes, white rice and fruit.

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on March 07, 2012
at 02:30 AM

Went through something like that after about a week into it myself. All I can say is stick with it. Make sure you are getting enough calories and drinking enough water, but for me it seemed to be a transition time and in another week I was past it and felt terrific. Maybe you could try some oranges, apple or avocado that would keep you away from the simple carbs and grains, but keep you headed in the right direction.

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on March 06, 2012
at 11:06 PM

Chin up, buddy, it gets better. So much better... better than you could ever imagine. Make sure you're eating enough nutrient dense foods. It may be worth it to track what you're eating for a few days to make sure you're eating enough. Stick with it and keep us posted.

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on March 06, 2012
at 05:37 PM

You might also not be eating enough food. I noticed that since I was used to CRAVING food (carbs), my brain wasn't really sending normal hunger signals. After the cravings went away, I just didn't feel like eating at all. Be sure you are getting three good meals a day and drink plenty of water.

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on March 06, 2012
at 04:05 PM

I don't know what exactly you are eating, but it sounds as if you have been addicted to easy carbs. Can you revise your question and include what foods you are eating. There are many many versions of paleo, so it is hard to get good feedback until we know which way you are eating.

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