I am diabetic, and switched to low carb to lose weight and get my blood sugars under control. I struggled at first, and found out what low blood sugars were, after spending 7 years averaging 300 blood sugars.
I have cheats every so often, but 90% of the time I eat Atkins, and around 30-70 grams of carbs a day. You sound like you are having a low blood sugar reaction. I get blurry vision, and then a really bad headache after it clears up.
What I found is that for me, I need to space out my carbs, and I try to have some carbs at every meal. Plus, when you are that low in carbs, you need to make every gram count. So 70 grams a day of leafy green veggies, is different than 70 grams with a few Tostitos, and a slice of pizza from " down the street ".
Low carb is a restrictive diet, and requires a lot more care when you eat that way. Almost every successful low carber, has stories of how they messed it up the first time. It just is harder to get right. I have been off all my diabetes meds now for 41 months, and lost 150 lbs, so it worked well for me, but it has not been easy, and takes a lot more planning.
If you decide to stick to low carb, I would recommend that you read up on every book you can, and talk to your doctor, and a dietitian who is willing to discuss eating low carb, if you can find one. They may nudge you up to 100-120 grams a day, but more importantly, they will have you eating healthier carbs, split more evenly, so you don't experience those low blood sugars, or feelings of dizziness.
Another thing to consider is dehydration. Low carb has a diuretic effect. I had to drop how much Lasix I take, due to this. I would get dizzy when I leaned over, or climbed the stairs too rapidly.I cut my diuretic in half, and drink 10-12 glasses of water daily now.
With a regular diet, i wouldn't have to worry about these things, but I would have to worry about being over 300 lbs., and diabetic, so it is worth it to me. If you can have health improvements with low carb, and like eating meat and vegetables this can work for you, but most people today are just hearing that it works well, and trying it out without professional help, or even studying it to see if it is the best option. In that sense it is just a fad diet.
Eating 70 grams of carbs, while eating pizza, and Tostitos is low carb, but not very healthy. I think low carb is a poor description of Atkins. I would label it high fat, healthy carb, but high fat is a no-no, so he went with low carb. No matter what you call it, when you restrict any macronutrient, you then need to make sure that what you do consume is of the highest quality.
If you eat pizza once a week, you won't get into ketosis, so I can't see much benefit to doing " low carb ". Most of the benefit is from being in ketosis, which is why you see moderate carbers struggling, and feeling bad, and eventually quitting. They experience the restriction, without most of the benefit.
If you like pizza, and Tostitos, I doubt low carb will be something you will stick to long term. Just because a diet can work, doesn't mean it fits into your way of living. Some people just like carbs, and low carb is hell for them. The quality of the carbs you eat can be just as important as the quantity. You may find that if you up your vegetable and fruit intake, that you can up you carb intake, while still losing weight, and feel better. On a plan like that, you cans still have a slice of pizza, or a few Tostitos every so often, but most of your carbs will be healthy ones.
Russell - current BMI 28.6
197 - bmi 30 - done
164 - bmi-25
| current weight: 181.0