First ten days, plenty of fats and proteins and less than 80g of carbs daily. (massively lower than I used, but simply LC, not ketogenic!)
PRO: no sleepy, relaxed, calmer, no mood swings, dramatic drop of my sugar cravings.
CONS: exhaustion when working out (impressing, I was almost fainting today) + Short memory loss (even more impressing!).
I know enough about adaptation and fat-burning improvement over 3/4 weeks. But I am pretty worried
do I need to cut down some distance during run sessions for a while??
I have an IMPORTANT EXAM within 3 weeks, in my shoes, would you increase your carbs intake and "postpone" the transition, adaptation, whatever...??
I'm sure most of you have jobs, exams, work out habits. How did you handle them in your first period on paleo/low carbs
Steve Phinney says that you need up your salt intake:
"when the human body adapts to low carb, the body becomes very efficient at excreting salt. That’s good if you have high blood pressure, or if you’re bloated and fluid overloaded. It’s fine to reduce that. But there is a certain amount of salt our body needs...
I’ve had people tell me, I tried that low-carb diet of yours and the scales went down. But I was so light-headed. If I took a hot shower I’d feel like I was going to pass out, because I was completely washed out. That diet’s worthless!
I’d say to them, would you try drinking a cup of boullion."
Endurance running shouldn't be a problem, as long as you stay below your lactic threshold, as you'll be burning more fat than carbs. I eat <20g of carbs a day and can easily run 9 miles without a problem.
Again, Volek and Phinney say that it takes 3-4 weeks before you become "keto-adapted", and during this time you'll probably struggle a bit.
I'd knock off the distance running or compensate by eating more carbs (sweet potatoes/white potatoes/etc). I'm not a distance runner, nor would I recommend it as exercise but maybe some running enthusiasts can give you a better answer.
Taking the June LSAT? If it is a test that is intense, I would keep my diet the same as through my entire studies, I find that I tend to need more carbs (usually extra fruit) when I am studying hard for an exam. Good luck on the test!
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