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by 0 · June 19, 2014 at 6:37 PM

I'm 15, in good health, and at about 15% body fat. Yesterday was my first low carb day. I skipped breakfast and worked out really hard for about 2 hours, which most likely depleted all of my glycogen stores. That day, all I ate was about 35... (more)

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paleot 0 · June 19, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Hard exercise can burn upwards of 500 calories an hour. If you did that for two hours, then ate less than 1,000 calories.. and didn't watch your nutrients, there's your problem.Did you use salt on your food? (without added salt, that food is less... (more)

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by 0 · May 25, 2014 at 11:15 AM

I'VE LITERALLY WRITTEN THIS QUESTION 3 TIMES AND IT ALWAYS ERASES. So, I'm gonna type it ONE MORE TIME. Here goes :| I'm wondering about this mythical, magical Ketosis unicorn. I'm a female collegiate cross country runner. I'm not looking... (more)

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Patfiveshot 0 · May 24, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Just through my own personal experience as a paleo runner, I was in ketosis and fasted for 14 hours prior to a 10 mile race and ran it with a greater gain than the past two years. I hurt my knee, which was my fault as I didn't train for the... (more)

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by 0 · April 02, 2014 at 6:51 AM

Hi there :) I have a couple questions regarding Low-Carb Flu and adjusting to a gut-healing Paleo diet. I have a Candida/Leaky Gut issue, so I'm eating a clean Paleo diet with no fruit or grains. Lots of vegetables, lean meats, lots of bone... (more)

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Rosenhazavel 0 · April 02, 2014 at 6:51 AM

How long should this last? Is exercise good or bad at this time? “Low carb Flu” Low energy, low grade headaches, moodiness, foggy mind and just all around lousy. Don’t worry it’s completely temporary. Dont worry about working out right... (more)

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by 0 · September 14, 2013 at 2:41 PM

I am 5 days into eating Paleo. I have been sticking to it about 90%. I have been eating lots of chicken, eggs, salad with lots of veggies, fruit, nuts, beef, even bacon! This is a major switch for me as I used to be a cereal, sandwich, pizza... (more)

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ebuffy 0 · September 14, 2013 at 5:27 AM

Thank you @Allison 14 I will have to also listen to that podcast. I just got a magnesium supplement at Whole Foods. Do you know how much to take? P.S. Will I lose weight on this way of eating even if I'm not trying to? I am really sick of... (more)

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by 5 · September 16, 2014 at 8:11 PM

I'm trying to get to 20% body fat by the beginning of next year. In order to do this, I have implemented a vigorous workout routine (lots of interval training, lifting weights, and swimming) and am also attempting to master a ketogenic diet. I did... (more)

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Dragonfly 0 · July 15, 2013 at 6:06 AM

Suggest you get keto-adapted first, then implement your workout program gradually. Trying to do both at once is likely to be painful! Remember that body composition is 80% diet. Hormonal balance is key and if you overdo the exercise, you may... (more)

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by 0 · September 16, 2014 at 8:10 PM

So after 8 days on strict paleo I am having a pretty bad carb crash. I wouldn't think much of it and just push through but I have exams coming up in a week and am afraid it's going to affect my studying and test taking. The carb crash started tree... (more)

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O_Siodhachain 0 · June 10, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Eating strict paleo doesn't mean eating low carb. Get lots of tubers and starchy veggies and you can easily get your carbs up to a level you can deal with. 1 cup sweet potato = 40 grams, remember :)

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by 161 · September 16, 2014 at 8:10 PM

I have been trying to shed some pounds of fat, switched up my diet to a more VLC type diet. Anyways cycling performance and hockey performance and sleep has all been great. I got up today, had a bit of green tea and when I tried to do my... (more)

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Michael_1 0 · June 08, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Sounds like you need to up your post-workout carbs. At least give it a shot and see if it helps.

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by 20 · September 16, 2014 at 8:10 PM

I started a Whole30 on Saturday (after taking most of the week to wean off of the limited number of carby foods I was eating). Felt fine first day. Sunday I kind of had weak and shaky symptoms, but they went away when I ate some squash with salt... (more)

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O_Siodhachain 0 · June 03, 2013 at 8:37 PM

I'd suggest getting some potassium, if you haven't already. Your electrolytes might be off. Edit to add: bananas and sweet potoatoes are totally whole-30 compatible ;) As for answering the question, which I apparently find impossible to do if... (more)

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by 105 · September 16, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Hello everyone, first of all I'd like to say this will be kinda long post, so if you don't like to read, I am sorry. I started with low carb paleo 2 weeks ago, after 8 weeks of recovery from cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal surgery). I was... (more)

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RK 0 · April 10, 2013 at 9:34 PM

You got a great answer from paleoDoc. Pls update with what you found out from your doc. My only question is that you said you have pain in the "right abdomen again." Is it pain in the same area, upper right? Or is in on the right side, but... (more)

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by 2626 · September 16, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Three days ago I switched from a diet with about 200g of carbohydrate a day to 80-100. The macronutrient breakdown is about 20% carb / 25% protein / 55% fat. I've been getting some well-known symptoms: brain fog, short temper, easily fatigued. If... (more)

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MarcPH 0 · March 25, 2013 at 4:28 AM

In my experience you're in what I like to call the carbohydrate zone of No Man's Land. Not low enough for ketosis but not enough to support any significant physical activity. If you're not going low enough to hit a deep ketosis why is your fat... (more)

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by 10 · September 16, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Hello, I just open an account to ask all you if what i've experiencing is anything to be concerned about. Been on the paleo/primal plan for 4.5 months. The first month was ok. 2nd month I lost some weight. 3rd month ok and maintained weight... (more)

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greymouser 0 · February 11, 2013 at 7:44 PM

You don't have to choose between either carbs or fats: you can indeed have both. Since you aren't going for VLC type paleo, I would strongly suggest you up your carbohydrate intake. If you're at 100g now, consider at least 150g -- and even much,... (more)

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by 18 · September 16, 2014 at 8:01 PM

I am on day 8 of paleo. My first 5-6 days were pretty easy, no cravings, headaches, etc. But yesterday and today, I've felt pretty tired as if I didn't get enough sleep. Granted, I am use to getting around 6-7 hours of sleep, and felt tired most... (more)

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by 100 · September 16, 2014 at 8:01 PM

Hey guys- I just started paleo 4 days ago. I've been eating a lot of meat, eggs, fruit, and nuts, and still trying to find ways to integrate vegetables into my diet every day. Up until I started, I was eating pretty badly but trying to wean... (more)

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Robin_10 0 · January 09, 2013 at 11:25 PM

Didn't bother me at all in the first week. Stay tuned. You might have no withdrawal symptoms, or you might have them later.

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by 60 · September 16, 2014 at 7:59 PM

When I first began the paleo diet I had major detox or @low carb flu" symptoms for a full three weeks. Intense. I fell off the bandwagon (had PMS and major cravings). It's been maybe 3 weeks non paleo diet. Now that I am back to eating paleo,... (more)

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KA24 0 · December 04, 2012 at 1:41 PM

To a degree, maybe. However, by experiencing it before your body will acquire some flexibility with a change in energy sources. While I don't advocate falling off the wagon, I would say it's actually smart to give your body a change of pace... (more)

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by 25 · September 16, 2014 at 7:57 PM

So my wife and I just finished Rob Wolfe's one month meal plan and are now a week in to "do-it-yourself" territory. We are trying to follow all the advice we've found (and I understand Wolfe's book is not the best source for doing paleo right, but... (more)

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Janknitz 0 · March 11, 2013 at 8:33 PM

Is there any chance you got "glutened" (for lack of a better word)? That's how I feel when I ingest something I've eliminated from my diet--grains or too much sugar. I feel sick and flu-ey--like I have a fever, but often with no fever. Body... (more)

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by 0 · September 16, 2014 at 7:56 PM

This is Day #3 of me eating solely paleo. I was diagnosed with Lupus 3 years ago, am super allergic to Plaquenil (the medicine usually prescribed for Lupus) so I've been playing around with my diet ever since to try to minimize my Lupus symptoms.... (more)

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Janknitz 0 · October 23, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Reducing carbohydrates has a diuretic effect. You need salt and potassium--broth is a good way to get them and some people find sprinkling a little potassium containing salt substitute on their veggies helps, too. It could also be a lupus flare... (more)

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by 143 · September 16, 2014 at 7:53 PM

I've been paleo for about a month now but in the beginning i wasnt super strict withmy carb intake. I wasnt eating a lot of carbs but i would still have ice cream and sweet potatoes and beer (on my cheat day). For the last week i've cut out all... (more)

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CD 0 · September 05, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Low Carb Flu: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/low-carb-flu/#axzz25cvZ9H50 Add in Carbs: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/dial-in-your-carb-count/#axzz25cvZ9H50 Fat Adapted:... (more)

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by 10 · September 16, 2014 at 7:50 PM

Hi, I'm on my 3rd day of the paleo diet and feel like I have an empty hole in my stomach. I also feel weak and shakey. In general I eat well, similar but with some brown rice or quinoa so it's not like it's a huge change, but with just meat and... (more)

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Moonablaze 0 · July 18, 2012 at 5:35 AM

this is a VERY common phenomenon known as low-carb flu. this may help http://www.marksdailyapple.com/low-carb-flu/

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by 5381 · September 16, 2014 at 7:50 PM

Hey hey! I have quite a few questions here. I am on a low-starch (scd) and low-fodmap diet for digestive issues. For the digestive issues, its mostly going swimmingly. However, despite being at this for ~2 months, I am still seemingly having... (more)

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Josh_Singer 0 · July 15, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Do you know if you're lactose intolerant? You eat a lot of cheese daily, and that could take a toll on your digestive system if you cannot tolerate it well. May want to check that out. I know I love high quality cheese, but it usually forces me to... (more)

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by 158 · September 16, 2014 at 7:44 PM

My wife is having some severe "low carb flu" which is including severe nausea, the chills, flu-like symptoms, really bad body aching, etc It's been getting worse throughout the day. So far I've had her eat more fat, eat fruit, eat salty nuts and... (more)

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Laurie_D_ 0 · April 25, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Is it possible she actually has the flu?

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by 45 · September 16, 2014 at 7:43 PM

Some people include in their low carb flu symptoms things like swollen glands and worse acne. This sounds like candida die-off. They both involve fatigue and general malaise Are they the same thing? How can you tell if you have one or the... (more)

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Eugenia 0 · April 19, 2012 at 12:51 AM

You can't really tell them apart. On the SCD diet it's called "bacterial die-off", in the candida/GAPS circles it's called "candida die-off", in the Paleo circles it's called "carb flu", and in the keto circles it's called "keto flu". In reality,... (more)

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by 15 · September 16, 2014 at 7:43 PM

Hi, I have been eating paleo for almost 4 weeks now and I still don't feel great. The first few days were AMAZING. I had a ton of energy and all I wanted to do was work and get stuff done. Unfortunately after a few days I started to feel weak and... (more)

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Laura_23 0 · April 14, 2012 at 11:32 AM

I agree with the first reply. You may need a few more carbs. Maybe a piece of lower sugar fruits, or squash or root veggies. Paleo isn't meant to be low carb just for low carb sake unless you are trying to lean out. Listen to your body, there are... (more)

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by 0 · September 16, 2014 at 7:42 PM

After a couple months off the boat I'm finally pushing through those sugar cravings and getting back to low carb, but this adaption phase is....awful. I've been "Paleo" for about two years, but I'm starting to think I never went through a proper... (more)

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Naomi_Most 0 · April 09, 2012 at 4:36 AM

I'm involved in training high-performance athletes that we push through "keto flu" in preparation for cyclic ketogenic diets designed to have them lean out to make a competition weight without losing any strength (often actually gaining... (more)

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by 323 · September 16, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Hi Peeps, The reason I ask this is I went for a meal on Sunday and felt shocking (LC flu) on Monday, however I'm wondering if this reaction is more hypoglycemia than the flu we describe? I have no idea how much sugar, corn flour etc.. was in my... (more)

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Dave_S_ 0 · April 03, 2012 at 1:49 PM

If you are low to very low carb - say under 50 grams per day - you have very likely induced peripheral (muscular) insulin resistance due to the high level of free fatty acids running around in your blood stream. Eating a high carb meal under those... (more)

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by 10 · September 16, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Hi everyone, I've been reading along for a few weeks, and finally have a reason to speak up. I will try to keep this brief. I've been going Paleo for two weeks now, and the past 3 - 4 days, I've had a really horrid case of (what I now realize... (more)

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meret 0 · April 01, 2012 at 4:48 PM

i wouldn't focus on going low-carb right now. you only just started eating paleo! get used to it first! ease into the lower-carb version (if that's what you truly want) SLOWLY, and until thhen get your carbs from paleo carbs - some fruit, lots of... (more)