I am on my second day of a VLC diet. I do feel more calm, so my emotions are more stable and my sleep is better. However, I feel weak. My energy level is very low, physically. Before going VLC, I was eating a good deal of fruits, sweet potato, and squashes.
Reason I'm trying VLC: I have some belly fat I want to get rid of. I am not overweight (5'4" 120lbs), but I have a belly. Even when I have weighed less, I have had this belly, to the point that people innocently ask if I am pregnant. I have some serious inflammation issues, and I am concerned that this belly fat is preventing my other efforts from ridding me of this inflammation. I think VLC is worth a try to get rid of this fatty liability.
Some background: I have already been gluten free for 6 yrs and nearly grain-free/bean-free/dairy-free for several months. I also do not eat eggs and nightshade veggies due to sensitivities. I take fish oil and other supplements. I have very minimal Omega-6 intake, shunning all plants and animals with high Omega-6 content. I get my fat from beef, fish, and coconut oil. My beef is grass-fed and my fish wild caught. I still eat plenty of low-carb veggies. (If there is anything else you want to know, just ask.)
I'm not sure if this is related to your VLC attempt. Besides, VLC is best entered somewhat slowly, and you're only on day 2. If you are feeling overly tired, eat more carbs for now!
At first read, it actually sounds like the possibility of an allergic reaction to something. However, you've removed so much from your diet. Take a look to see if the supplements you mentioned are also free from the allergens you've otherwise removed from your diet.
Second, if it is a physical thing, it could be that your belly seems large because of posture issues. A straight spine, with shoulders back supports a firm/straightish abdomen (via the abdominal muscles) and vice versa - a strong abdomen will help maintain posture. Yoga is not for everyone, but I suggest looking into yogic breathing, posture, and the uddiyana bandha (the bandha/lock that focuses on abdominal muscles). I suppose even a variety of crunches done in good form may help, if this is the case - not to lose belly fat, but to actually strengthen those muscles, so they are not hanging out in a rested state.
Going VLC can take a long time to adapt to. I eat around 30g a day some days more, I feel great but it took about 6 weeks to adapt to where i felt good. You might want to go to 100 for 2 weeks, 75 2 weeks, ect.
Even while eating 30g a day. I still wasnt cutting fat. My body doesnt give up fat easily. I started to loose weight fast when i went VLC and low calorie. I did IF to cut my calories down, skipped breakfast most days.
It takes a lot of commitment to go this way, your body will adjust and feel totally fine after a while in VLC, your energy will come back. It takes time, stick with it. I went cold turkey and every week it got easier. You will have good days and bad days. Remember to eat lots of fat at the beginning it will help your body adapt.
I wonder if you backed off the carbs too quickly? it might just affect you differently than others. I'd suggest working backwards from what you are use to consuming and slowly start backing it down in 3 day increments or slower/faster depending on how you feel for a couple days.
Also are your carbs including fruit and starchy carbs? that could be something to remove as well as nuts if trying to melt fat.
I think when you are trying to 'target' fat its becomes much harder, perhaps a exercise regime that targets that area will help firm things up.
You mentioned immflamation, I also have issues with that, and sometimes I can see the 'swelling' in my bad times, but in general its more uncomfortable than actual distension (perhaps your is really bad??-definitely see a dr!!).
By going VLC or in ketosis, you'll melt fat but whose to say it'll come off where you want it, unless theres nothing else for it to target??
Wishing you luck, but perhaps a trainer can help with the core area and fix that for you!!!
It takes two or three weeks for your energy levels to get back to normal.
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