I recently decided to lower my carbs in order to have a diet which would better fit the 'low-carb' definition: from about 70-100g to 30-60g. I wasn't looking to lose weight--it was pretty much just an experiment to see how I'd feel and possibly improve body composition. I was planning to eventually get to VLC before upping carbs again to experiment with high-carb paleo and note the differences.
During the first few days--about a week and a half ago--I didn't notice much of a difference besides slightly lower energy levels. Over the next week or so I noticed it would take a LOT of self-talk to even begin a workout. Soon, carb cravings came. These 'symptoms' were more bothersome than unbearable, so I kept at it. Starting about 5 days ago, however, I noticed the dizziness-upon-standing creeping back that I'd first experienced as a symptom of undereating (even though my calories remained the same as before). Then, on top of those symptoms, came irritability. Everything seemed to annoy me. I also dropped a few pounds, going from 115 to 111. These are all things I'd previously heard had been experienced when switching to a lower carb intake, so I decided to push through it and see if they'd subside, fingers crossed all the while.
However, 2 days ago I started to experience extreme anxiety over something trivial, and this nearly led to a full-blown panic attack, which is what I started paleo to get away from. I was able to stop it in its tracks and observe the situation objectively, but the same thing happened today--except this time, it was over nothing at all. (I just had a fairly high-carb meal and feel about 10x better.. possible placebo effect, but still a positive one!)
Every other effect was tolerable, but I simply don't want any setbacks when it comes to anxiety. I'd been anxiety-free since starting paleo 5 months ago and that's something I just don't want to give up!
What do you all think? For now, I'm upping the carbs back to where they were, but I'm curious: Have any of you experienced anything similar? Should I have just pushed through it, hoping to eventually adapt? Or did I make the right decision?
Looking forward to your replies (: