That feeling is why low carb works. It may seem weird to the average dieter, but you don't get cravings, if carbs stay low enough. You aren't supposed to have cravings, or be hungry. You eat to fuel your body, not to satisfy hunger, because you aren't supposed to wait till you are hungry to eat. That would take a few days. You can't get hungry if you just ate 6-10 hours ago. Those are cravings, and while normal for most people, aren't something you will experience on low carb, unless you raise carbs above a certain level.
Sometimes it can feel like you are overeating, and until this goes away, you may choose to have 5-6 smaller meals, so you aren't eating a bunch at one time, since you don't feel like it, or have a queasy feeling. This passes in a week or so, and then you will just eat at the appointed time, and will have no problem eating everything you made, but still not feel cravings, or that you NEED to eat.
This will allow you to eat the proper amount of calories, and make losing weight a lot more simple than having cravings, and trying to ignore them. When I remember how I used to diet, I seriously wonder how people lose ANY weight while they are constantly thinking about food. I never did.
I am also diabetic, and if you are doing low carb, make sure that you are eating some carbs at every meal. I had quite a few low blood sugars when I did Atkins Induction ( 20 grams carbs ), but find it much easier at 60-80 grams a day, but if I eat 55 grams for supper, and 10 the rest of the day, I will either experience a low blood sugar, or get close enough that it might cause symptoms like you are having.
As far as the low carb flu, the only time I ever felt headaches, and weakness was at the start, five years ago, and that was because I didn't drink enough water. Low carb has a diuretic effect, so you will lose water weight, and sometimes, even if you are taking multiple trips to the bathroom, you don't stop and think that you need to drink more. I think the " low carb flu ", is just dehydration, because people start drinking just water, before they like the taste, and don't drink 8+ glasses. I make sure to drink 100 ozs. a day minimum. No problems since.
So drink lots of water, divide carbs as evenly as possible.. test blood sugars if you are diabetic, and don't wait for hunger/cravings to happen. Just set out a menu, and eat exactly what you planned, even if you have to eat 1/2 the meal, and 1/2 of it an hour later.
On low carb, I have been off my diabetes meds ( 2000 mg Metformin, 4 mg Amaryl ) for 4 years, and my A1C is now 5.0. It took one year to get off the meds. The transition from higher blood sugars to lower ones, even if they never get you off your meds, makes it more likely that you will have low blood sugars.. so be vigilant. If you feel " off ", test your blood sugar, and if it is 60, eat something. Have a plan, because you have a higher probability of having an episode, and you don't want to be planning at that time, you just want to know you should eat 1/2 an apple, or some other thing, and just do it. When I started , I was having blood sugars over 400, so " low blood sugar " sounded like the goal I wanted..lol. On Day 2, I had my first low blood sugar, and found out I was wrong. You want to keep the blood sugars between 80-120.
Hopefully you find out how to alleviate the feeling sick part, but right now I am cooking up some green beans and chicken thighs. I ate breakfast at 8 a.m., and it's 3 p.m., and I will eat because that is when I have lunch scheduled, but I don't feel hungry. Another thing you will find, is that if you do low carb, HIGH FAT, a 600 calorie dish will be tiny compared to say, a 600 calorie bowl of noodles, or cereal. The only thing adding volume is the tons of veggies you should be enjoying on low carb. I aim for 10 servings a day. Don't try to eat protein to make up for the drop in carbs. Over 25-30% protein makes me queasy. I aim for 25 %, and that pushes fat up to 65%. You probably eat a higher percentage of carbs on SB though, so if you eat 25 % carbs, and 25% protein, you may consume 50 % fat. If you are trying to keep fat at 40% or less, this may push protein above 30%, and most people find it almost impossible to eat that much protein. It just makes them feel sick to their stomach.
Good Luck with your plan. You got a good start, and once you get feeling better, should sail along without cravings.
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