Even on Atkins you are supposed to eat 3 cups of vegetables at the start, and move up your carbs as time passes. That way you CAN stick to it for the rest of your life. Make sure you are drinking extra water, since low carb has a diuretic effect, and you can get dehydrated, as well as lose electrolytes. A supplement may be a good idea if you are below 50 grams of carbs, to replace your potassium, calcium, and magnesium. You also may want to use a bit more salt ( closer to 2300 mg ). These can cause some issues like headaches or constipation.
If you think it is constipation, try added fiber, until you can get more in your diet. Once you are getting colorful peppers, and lots of greens in your diet, your fiber should be right around where it was before. Some people who don't eat veggies a lot, find that getting there 5 servings a day is more fiber/veggies than ever before, and get gassy
The other option is you just are sick. Even on low carb it happens.
I've been on low carb for 4 years, and have never had stomach pain, constipation or headaches. It's just usually a trial and error period to find out what you need to eat to prevent these things from happening. A huge change in diet, will cause huge changes in your body, and you need to figure out what is happening, and make sure you are getting everything taken care of. Over time this will be easier, as the carb allotment rises, and you eat a greater variety of food.
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8/11/13 4:03 A
Sometimes on a low carb diet it is difficult to have a BM at first. Make sure you are getting enough fiber and drinking lots of water! Also, try having an apple or two it's a natural way to get stuff moving through your system.
Without knowing what your nutrition make up my advice would be to make sure you are getting enough veggies. Low carb diets intend that nearly all of your carb calories should come from vegetables and vegetables that are high in fiber. I can't say if you are getting them or not but if you do up the carbs, do it with veggies. The fiber and nutrients in them should balance things out.
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8/10/13 8:21 A
As Kris said, unless we have data, it's very difficult to analyze what may be the problem.
If by Low Carb you are trying to go "no carb" then perhaps you're constipated from not having enough fibre to move things through your digestive system sufficiently swiftly
As far as I know, there should be no problem with stomach pains from lack of carbs. Could it possibly be gas or dehydration? Excessive exercise, Hot weather, humidity, heat stroke, & alcohol can all cause dehydration. Are you drinking lots of water? or maybe you have too much fiber. Too much sodium and not enough water intake. Diabetes and thyroid disorders can also cause stomach bloating and upset. High blood sugar can cause stomach upset as well as hormone fluctuations. Are you diabetic or insulin resistant? Do you know?
DRINK SOME CHAMOLIE TEA this herb has anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties which can help prevent the onset of gas symptoms,stomach cramps and is a carmative which soothes the tummy. Also Fage 0% Plain Yogurt is a good probiotic for bloat and gassiness....it cuts the odds of having tummy issues and it encourages the tummy to heal itself. Avocados, nuts and Olive Oil and other healthy fats help keep digestion running smoothly with less bloat.
If you have added too much fiber quickly this will also cause stomach issues.
If you do not feel better soon please consult you doctor for guidance.
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I eat mostly vegetables, fats, meats, some fruit and dark chocolate. Unprocessed and preservative free. And it's changed my life!
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Lowering my A1C and keeping my blood sugar levels low eating 60-70% fat /15-20% carb / 15-20% protein.
8/10/13 7:43 A
Kris has given you some good advice. I will also suggest that it's important to find a style of eating you can live with for the rest of your life. That's how you take weight off, but more importantly, keep it off for good. So if this isn't something you can maintain forever, then I'd suggest finding a style of eating that works better for you.
Hope that helps,
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22,887 8/10/13 3:57 A
I went to have a peek at your nutrition tracker, but it appears that you aren't using it. Are you tracking anywhere else?
Without really knowing what and how much you are eating, we can't be too much help, but it is possible that you may have dropped your carbs TOO far.
What calories are you eating? (lack of calories can do this, too!) Are you eating often enough? Long gaps between meals can cause some to become nauseated.
Remember, the body NEEDS carbs, particularly the brain. Carbs in themselves aren't bad, but what isn't too good is that a lot of people's carbs come from processed foods, like white rice and flour, cakes, biscuits, confectionery, processed sugar, etc. THIS is what needs reducing.
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