I eat mostly Paleo for the third month now, and after a successful weight-loss, a plateau came.
Somehow intuitively I decided to further limit my carb intake, but after like 1-2 weeks, I've started to experience problems best described as lightheadedness, fatigue, and being thirsty even after drinking water. After researching, it seems to me the most probable cause is that I lost too much potassium.
In retrospective, it seems that I made several smaller errors, which accumulated and caused this problem - drinking more coffee (diuretic effect), forgot to drink enough water, ate too little vegetables, ate salty cheeses, and probably generally ate too much protein and too little fat.
I seems to slowly recovering (decided to eat more vegetables, bananas, and less salt), but I'd like to ask if you experienced something similar on LC diet, or even better, what do you do to prevent this.
But what I understood from all this is, that I have to be more responsible and careful when giving recommendation about dieting to anyone. At first I was enthusiastic about the Paleo and low carb lifestyle, and while I still am, now I see one can run into problems when not knowledgeable enough or experimenting wrongly. For now, I decided I will not talk about the low carb idea with other people and not suggest it to anyone until I understand better its risks and implications. So after all, it was a useful experience for me - although still having mild headache.
What I also see (only my subjective notion), that I am not sure if Paleo, or especially low carb dieting, is yet ready for mainstream adoption. I tried to roughly follow Blueprint and The paleo solution, and now I see they don't enough warn against potential risks - of course, they didn't encourage me to eat salty cheese, but still, I believe we need to be more cautions generally since some people might experimenting too much. Or, maybe I am just an exception and did some obviously stupid mistake.
Actions you call "making mistakes" are not really mistakes. You will be" making mistakes " for the next thirty, forty or fifty years, hopefully!The Paleo experts make "mistakes" all the time. Even if you "hit the Paleo sweet spot" for a day , week, or month, the next day, week, or month will present different challanges to "perfection". Maybe another way to say it is there are no mistakes. Perfection is not 100 % and there is no perfection anyway. Paleo is a practice in the Eastern relgious sense. There is no failure, there is no sin as in the West. "PALEO" predates ALL the Neolithic religions (Obviously!) and Greek logic (obviously!)" Paleo is not a diet, but a lifestyle" is not a shibolith. Good luck on your jouney. You better enjoy it, since there is no "where" to get to.
I have been LC-VLC for many years, never encountered any issues such as you describe. I have never drunk coffee, I always use sea salt, I drink lots of water and eat as 'nose-to-tail' as I can including home made bone broth and raw liver. When I get my yearly medical done it's always great results. Keep in mind each person will vary and people need to wrap their mind around the idea that paleo is a lifestyle a way of living not some diet. There is no right or wrong there is what works for any given individual.
I highly recommend Phinney and Volek's book, The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living: An Expert Guide to Making the Life-Saving Benefits of Carbohydrate Restriction Sustainable and Enjoyable . It's recent and addresses many common questions, concerns, and pitfalls.
I don't think a mainstream approach is required. As with lots of things I think you need to experiment and see what works for you, whilst continually refining your diet.
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