Paleo wizards: I was previously eating about 80/20 paleo, with the 20% being mostly sweets and my beloved Diet Coke. I decided to try the whole 30, and started on 1/10/12. I expected to feel awful at the beginning, and I did: irritable, sleepy, nauseous, headachy. But I'm now on day 16, and while the sugar cravings have decreased, I continue to experience crushing fatigue, as well as intense thirst (2 gallons a day of bubbly water + decaf tea), and some nausea. Could it still be withdrawal? Or is it the fruit I still eat (mostly applesauce, no sugar added, an occasional date-maybe 1 per day)? Or are there other tips to offer? I'm exercising, sleeping plenty, and I'm not hungry at all-I think I'm eating plenty. I'd love whatever tips btdt folks can share-I'd hate for another two weeks of death march to be waiting for me.
Your 130lbs at 5'7". If your female, your BMR is about 1700 just sitting on the couch all day.
Energy In (corrected for digestion) = (BMR/RMR + TEF + TEA + SPA/NEAT) + Change in Body Stores
You eat 1lb of meat/day + veggies, and some limited fruits.
You swim 3-4x/week + 2 days of weight training.
1700bmr + 100tef + 300tea + 100 = 2200 Calories.
1lb beef 90/10 = 800 calories, 46g fat, 90grams protein
Vegetable - since your not eating starches, and consuming spinach/onion/brocoli/green leafs, your going to net out 0 calories, but ill give you 100 calories.
So, 900 +/- 100 calories on average vs 2200 calories burned.
You are eating at less than 50% of your daily calorie requirement. Unless you have been adding salt to your meals, your sodium is also most likely, dangerously low.
I like self experiments and would hate to see you stop at day 17/30. So, IMO, stop drinking 2 gallons of water and get some salt by salting your next meal heavily. IMO, declare Sweet Potato Day, and eat 4 of them (they are whole30), salted. With a normal amount of water (glass of water w each meal). Then, see how you feel and adjust food intake for the next X amount of days however you see fit.
What else are you eating?
The reason why I'm asking is because your symptoms are similar to those of people that take on a very low fat interpretation of the paleo diet and overload on veggies and barely any fat. Specifically your comments about thirst and fatigue.
Personally, I'd start phasing out the bubbly water for regular water, and look at your fat sources...
But that's just my guess based on how you are reporting.
First, consuming 2 gallons of water + tea is A LOT of fluids to put into your body without salt (or carbs). Your sodium levels are probably low. They might even be dangerously so low that you are tetering on having an emergency situation. Seriously.
Second, like Joshua said, are you consuming enough fat? If not, and your only eating a bit of fruit and a ton of veggies, your body has almost no fuel (other than your bodyfat). Is your body in 'starvation mode?', ie have you been eating <50% of needed calories for 17 days??
How much weight have you lost in the last 17 days?
Sounds like low carb flu to me. Get your serotonin levels up while your body adjusts; ensure you have heaps of magnesium in your diet, get onto some 5-htp for a few weeks, and increase turkey intake for the tryptophan
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