NOWYOUDIDIT, she slowed down her weight loss, which was very easy to do, just eat more, and she drank more fluids to flush things out. Once things had settled down she continued on her weight loss journey. But knowing what was wrong helped her get through it.
When she was in her 20's she worked in a factory and accumulated some toxins. She got ill at the time, but didn't know why. About 15 years later a homeopathic doctor figure out the problem with some hair analysis, and some chelation really helped. So during the more recent weight loss she figured out what was probably happening, and knowing that was it, rather than just something in what she was eating, gave her the will to continue.
I too felt quite weak at the start. I think it is a combination of shifting body chemistry from being carb oriented to fat oriented (your own). I also agree that something else can be going on. When my wife started low carb she felt unwell, not just weak. After some research we figured that toxins may have been stored in her fat cells, and getting rid of the fat released the toxins.
She figured that part of the problem was that her body was keeping the fat in order to keep the toxins buried away.
I personally, just drank lots of water and used sea salt. No Gatorade for me. It is the typical n diction period. Your body is rebelling and detoxing. For your entire life, you have used carbs for fuel. You are now changing the entire system and using fat. Totally normal for it to be rough. My advice is to stick it out. It takes time, but eventually it passes, I promise.
That reminds me- I normally have low potassium from a medical condition, Once in a pinch I noticed that pedialite had a substantial amount of pott. in the "dry" pouches of it my son uses. (One pouch has 1/2 of my prescribed amount) So I drank one and wow! It did the trick! until I could take my normal supplement!
You definitely need to replace not the water but the electrolytes that were flushed out with the water. You need to replace sodium and potassium right away to prevent medical problems. You can do this by drinking gatorade or any of the low cal sports drinks that replenish electrolytes. If you read the chapter on induction for the Atkins Diet you remember that it talked about drinking a couple of cups of bouillon everyday during the induction period. That is meant to prevent electrolyte imbalances which can cause serious and deadly results. Not trying to scare you, but take this seriously and get some sodium and potassium into your body asap.
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You may be going through what we call "Atkins flu" - sodium is generally the recommended solution. You lose so much water at first that you also lose sodium. Try some chicken broth and see if that helps. Most people only have a few days of feeling yucky, but for some it takes a little longer. Hang in there, it gets much better! Most people report an increase in energy once the body is fully into fat burning mode.
Oh, and welcome! You've lost a lot on induction - that's great!!
Edited by: FITKRIS at: 9/6/2013 (16:13)
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I started Atkins Induction on Aug. 23rd, and so far in 14 days I have lost 13 pounds, which I am thrilled about. The only problem I'm having, is I am EXTREMELY weak. I originally needed to lose about 40 pounds, so I have about 27 left to go, but I am so weak, I can barely make it to my mailbox and back without passing out. I have no idea whats going on! I drink TONS of water every day and definitely eat enough. Any ideas? Oh, I'm in otherwise good health, and 47 years old. Thanks for any advice.
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