After my first dabble in the 4HB slow carb diet, I saw no results (a total of 5.2lbs, 0 inches lost). I took four days off, eating regularly but not bingeing, and then started a modified plan based on Laura Cox's meal plan and exercise routine (as many people here have done I'm sure!).
The trouble I'm having is this time around, I am having more than just cravings, I'm getting full on withdrawal symptoms, and I am miserable! I am just finishing up day 3, and I have been suffering from migraines, dizzy spells, nausea, and shaking. Could I be "detoxing" from sugar? My typical diet was full of refined sugar and flour, so I'm thinking my body is a little shocked. My first attempt, I only got bad cravings that I was able to fight off, and it only last two days. I'm hoping tomorrow I will wake up feeling better and less like a drug addict in rehab!
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Oh yes, carb-withdrawal is very common. There's even a 'diagnosis' for this called the Atkins Flu, check it out:
Hopefully it should pass in a few days, much like caffeine withdrawal. Painful, I know, but worth it! The best part about the 'flu' is that you'll be much less inclined to 'relapse,' knowing how miserable you felt after being 'addicted' and trying to stop. Now when I look at coffee, I have no desire to have it everyday--in fact, I've only had 1 cup this entire month because I don't want to get 'addicted' and suffer 3 days of withdrawal migraines. Same goes for sugars!
Thank God I found this. I went through this period the first time through. I almost felt like I was in roid rage. So I quit and decided to revisit later. Now a couple of months later I came to SCD this time with a plan to slowly drop my carbs and ease into the plan. Nope didn't work, still going through withdrawals, but now I understand it's normal. This would have been a nice warning for Tim to have in the book. So as long as I can get through until FREE DAY FRIDAY all will be well with the world. Thanks for the post and info all!
YES! My wife had it big time. She is a sugaraholic and when she started the diet she was like a drug addict. All the symptoms you mentioned - especially feeling shaky and light headed. We just kept forcing protein down her throughout and the 2nd week she got much better. You need to stick to the diet hard core and when you feel shaky down some extra protein. You can't overeat the protein and it will help keep your body from freaking out too much. It will get MUCH better though soon!
thank God i found this! i have exactly 18 days doing this diet and me being a hypochondriac and having these exact symptoms i was thinking something else...coolest website ever, another girl posted something about the sodium intake and that is something that should be also considered! you CAN'T run low in sodium specially if you are doing this diet
This is actually pretty normal, I went through it my very first week. I never considered myself someone who consumed too much sugar but boy was I wrong. Just hang in there and things will get much better after week one. Couple of things, make sure you do eat carbs through beans and that you get plenty of water, it really helps. I also felt my withdrawal symptoms get better when I started taking a multivitamin. Best of luck!