VLC Diet: My stomach makes noises, but I'm not hungry? Should I eat?

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Created May 15, 2012 at 2:13 PM

I've been doing a low carb diet, usually two meals now, for about a week. I even fasted for around 24 plus hours on the weekend to try to induce ketosis.. Plan on doing 48 hours next weekend except with coconut oil (thanks paleohacks)

I tested myself with ketostix and I'm in the medium range...

My stomach is making noises, but I'm not hungry at all, I actually feel fine.. The only marked difference I have is muscle weakness - will this subside?

So my question is, should I eat when my stomach makes noises, even if I don't think I'm hungry? I don't want to kill my metabolism because I'm trying to lose fat with minimal muscle deterioration.



on May 15, 2012
at 05:53 PM

I also get the muscle weakness when I switch to Paleo after a few cheat days, or am trying to get into ketosis. I have a completely made up reason that I developed in my mind which had no scientific evidence to support it that I attribute the muscle weakness to. I think that my muscles are switching over from using glycogen as fuel to using ketones (or proteins or fat or whatnot whatever the ketosis fuel is, I forget) and they are tyring to look for glycogen but there is none. So they are not as effective. Once they switch over I get my strength back.

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on May 15, 2012
at 03:28 PM

no, just general fatigue - just adjusting to the diet change? (I'm a former fruit addict) I eat pink himalayan salt.. although I do not supplement with magnesium or potassium.. I'm interested in Natural Calm because of Robb Wolfs recommendation, but I heard its corn derived? I have a very sensitive digestive tract.. Presently I supplement with vitamin d, adrenal complex pills, chasteberry plus, and a powdered multi from restorative formulations (metabolic nutrition) - all under the advice of my naturopathic doctor who also gives me b12 shots on occasion



on May 15, 2012
at 02:37 PM

muscle weakness could be dehydration, are they cramping or aching?

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on May 15, 2012
at 05:04 PM

It takes 2-6 weeks to adapt fully to using ketones. Ketones showing in urine means the ketones are "wasted" and not being used by the body. The amount showing depends on your hydration level, otherwise stated as dilution of ketones in urine.

You should NOT fast during this period. The MOST important aspect is full keto-adaptation. It is not a race and you cannot force your body to adapt any faster by fasting. VLC is low enough. It is a metabolic process that takes x amount of time. By fasting you will use body protein which may actually postpone ketosis.You want your body to be adapted to burning fat NOT protein. Give it the time it needs and let you body properly adapt without the excess and uneccessary stress of fasting.



on May 15, 2012
at 05:22 PM

I'm not qualified to comment on the fasting one way or another, but in general, I believe that if you're not hungry, you shouldn't be eating absent some very good reason. Which would not include stomach noise.



on May 15, 2012
at 02:28 PM

Your stomach making noises is normal and is not a signal to eat.

With fatigue, be sure you getting 5g (a teaspoon) of salt a day. For some people salt is particularly helpful before exercise. If your weight drops rapidly, be careful to get adequate potassium too.

Don't go to crazy on the fasting at first, unless your body is well adapted to not eating. Degrees of measurable ketosis is probably not important. Ketostix are really just a useful test that shows you're not eating hidden carbs.

Phinney and Volek has the best current book on the science behind VLC.

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