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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 · July 15, 2013 at 6:06 AM

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 · July 11, 2013 at 7:22 AM

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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paint94979 0 · June 10, 2013 at 4:06 PM

How many carbs are you currently getting in? From what sources? You could add .25 lbs of sweet potato which is around 22 grams of carbs. Are you working out? If so you should get in 30-50 grams of carbs post workout if you are doing glycotic... (more)

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by 161 · March 21, 2014 at 4:40 AM

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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Drael 0 · March 21, 2014 at 4:39 AM

Working out, especially high intensity, pushes your circulatory system. Its quite common to feel feint on over exertion. Have more cool down next time. But see a doctor to check blood pressure etc just in case.

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by 20 · July 31, 2013 at 7:25 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 117 · April 15, 2013 at 12:38 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 2611 · March 25, 2013 at 2:16 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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cliff_1 0 · March 25, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Carbs kill. Zero carb or death

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by 10 · April 23, 2013 at 12:28 AM

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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Dragonfly 0 · April 23, 2013 at 12:28 AM

Magnesium deficiency can cause headaches/dizziness--possibly nausea. Grains tend to be the main source of Magnesium for most folk, so when you go Paleo--unless you eat a fair amount of seafood, you are likely to be deficient. Try 400-600 mg... (more)

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by 18 · January 17, 2013 at 12:57 AM

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 · January 15, 2013 at 8:30 AM

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 · February 20, 2013 at 4:02 AM

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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amandavanvels 0 · February 20, 2013 at 4:02 AM

i went on vacation for a week and ate SO much non-paleo food. french toast, beer, cookies. i pretty much binged for a week straight and went crazy. i'm now experiencing my worst ever low carb flu after only being off paleo for a week. it... (more)

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by 25 · May 18, 2013 at 1:41 AM

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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dzone 0 · December 31, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Load of shit. No such thing as "carb flu". Same bullshit that steroid users used to ay about "test flu". It was t hide bad products. You are eating shit or close to it.

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by 0 · October 23, 2012 at 11:19 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 125 · September 20, 2012 at 2:41 AM

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 · July 18, 2012 at 12:09 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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Chinaeskimo 0 · July 18, 2012 at 12:09 PM

It doesn't sound like you are eating enough fat. Try a sweet potato with loads of butter or coconut butter and then tell me how you feel.

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by 5323 · August 14, 2012 at 1:14 AM

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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GutsyGirl 0 · August 14, 2012 at 1:14 AM

Hi Jamie, Just found this website today when looking for info on low carb flu which I seem to be experiencing as I've lowered my overall carbs. We seem to have very similar issues and I've been on SCD since November 2011 and recently started low... (more)

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by 158 · April 26, 2012 at 4:19 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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Marcy_1 0 · April 26, 2012 at 12:18 AM

Just how bad was her SAD diet before this? It could be an intense low-carb flu but I agree with the above posters that it could be the actual flu. Also, totally not calling your wife a faker, but is it possible that some of this reaction is a... (more)

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by 45 · April 19, 2012 at 3:21 AM

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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dzone 0 · April 19, 2012 at 3:21 AM

Depends on the person.

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by 15 · June 13, 2013 at 9:24 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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Happy_Now 0 · June 13, 2013 at 9:24 PM

Are you salting your food? Because all of those can be signs of low salt.

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by 0 · April 16, 2012 at 8:37 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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Team_Oberg 0 · April 16, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Your body is just adjusting to running on fat instead of carbs, it will subside, but if you increase your carb intake you will not stay in that sought after ketosis fat burn. Your body will adjust, I now alternate between periods of less than 50... (more)

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by 323 · April 03, 2012 at 2:17 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 · April 01, 2012 at 4:48 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)