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 constantly hungry. Back then I was eating lean meat and salads and I have increased my fat intake and even though it is better now, I am still not great.
Male, 24 years old, 172cm (5'6), 59kg (130 pound). I am not very active and working from home on the computer. Shortly after starting paleo, I also started a strength training program (stronglifts 5x5 compound exercises), which I am doing 3 times a week.
- Have more energy
- Be healthy
- Gain muscle
- Low energy and tired
- Lightheaded or mind fogged. I feel a constant pressure on my brain at the sides of my head
- Cant think clearly (better now, it was really bad the past 2 weeks, especially end of last week)
- No motivation to get stuff done and work
- Emotional (right now I am ok, but had a day where I got suuper depressed because of a small thing)
- Get hungry quickly (about 3h after a meal mostly)
- Feel unsatisfied after eating. I feel full, but like something is missing and want to munch on something.
- Extremely smelly gas (frequent, but it got better, it was really bad the past few weeks)
- Lower sex drive compared to before I started the diet
Most of those symptoms were extreme in the past 2 weeks, peaking last week and got better now since I started eating more and to start cooking when I am starting to get hungry instead of waiting until I am reaaally hungry.
But I feel like all I am doing is cooking. I cook, I eat, then I do stuff for a little while and woosh time went by and I feel hungry again and have to get back to going to the super market, cooking and eating again. I feel like all day is going to that, cos I have such a small window between meals.
What I ate yesterday:
Breakfast (after lifting weights, at around 12:00): About 150g of pan fried bacon and 3 boiled eggs. I do not drain the fat off, in fact I usually pour it over the bacon thats done and if I fry my eggs I do it in the bacon grease. I have this for breakfast every day.
Lunch (at around 4 or 5 I think): 250g of Pork loin chops, about 100g of zucchini, 100g of broccoli and about 75g of mashed sweet potato (I try to have a little more carbs on days when I train)
Dinner (at 9 or 10): Another 250g of Pork loin chops, 100g of zucchini and 100g of baby bok choi and onions.
Snacks during the day: Probably around 30g of 85% dark chocolate in small pieces spread throughout the day (contains 20g of carbs per 100g), baked sweet potato chips (probably another 75g, but as I said I only eat sweet potato on days when I train). I do not eat much fruit, but a kiwi or pear or banana from time to time.
It was just that day that I ate so much pork. I am trying to eat more beef than chicken, because of the fat. During lunch and dinner I usually have about 250-330g of meat (beef, pork, chicken, kangaroo) and some stir fried vegies. Mostly onions, zucchini and something else.
I do not eat organic or grass-fed stuff. Buying it in the supermarket is very expensive and I have not gotten around ordering in bulk yet, but it is planned.
I also do not eat fish often except for canned tuna, because I am quite new to cooking and havent figured out how to cook fish, where to get it and what kind of pans and so on I need.
I do not know how much fat I am eating, since I find that to be hard to measure. For the past week I have cooked only with coconut oil and used up my 250g jar in about 6 or 7 days.
I think I am being generous with it and I make sure the pan and the veggies are always nicely covered in fat.
I also make sure to eat all the fat on the meat!
I am eating quite low carb, but just by accident. I am just not a big fan of a lot of fruit, but I love sweet potato, which I usually eat on my training days as I said.
Other things I have tried / planning to try:
After searching around I decided to drink more water and take magnesium supplement pills. I am also considering potassium, but could not find it in the supermarket here in Australia.
I have also read this article, which says:
Too much protein will prevent the shift into ketoses because the liver will convert some of the protein into glucose – this glucose will then be used first and slow down the ketogenic process.
I am currently having around 130-220g of protein a day (according to the my fitness pal tracking).
Should I try going slower on the protein and try 150-200g of meat for the big meals instead of 250-300?
I do realize I wrote a lot here and I hope someone takes the time to read all of it answer. I honestly appreciate it if you made it this far :)
I have been reading all the other threads here and everything I could find on low carb flu around the internet.
I am obsessed with fixing what is wrong and I can't figure it out by myself. All I do is google paleo stuff all day at the moment. Every morning I wake up hoping I will feel the way I felt the first few days when I started paleo, but I have been disappointed every time so far :(
Thanks and greetings, Kim