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MORTICIAADDAMS
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5/22/12 9:37 A

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Keep getting those fluids in. They really are important.

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5/22/12 6:14 A

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Thank you ladies for your replies.

Morticiaaddams, Thank you in particular for your very detailed reply. You are right. I think I was low on water the day I had the palpitations. I was unusually thirsty that day and I suppose that must have been the reason for the palpitations.

Also, I lost 2kgs in just 2 days. That's 4.4 pounds. It seems like a lot to me. But I wasn't 'dieting'. I ate whenever I needed to and just ate as I would usually do, not eating too much or too little. Still I lost the weight.


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MORTICIAADDAMS
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5/21/12 2:12 P

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The headache is usually from what we refer to as the low carb flu which hits people at different times. By the third week it is gone in most people. I had it from around days 3 and 4.

I've heard different theories of what causes it but the most plausible to me are the following two. It may be due to rapid shifts of water out of cells into the blood stream and filtered out through the kidneys because the typical large initial weight loss in the first 2 weeks is attributed to this shift in fluids. It's temporary and is relieved by drinking plenty of fluids. It is also attributed to the change from burning large amounts of easily digested carbs for energy from grains, starches, etc to turning fat into glucose to burn. Your glycogen stores are being used up and not replaced. This is helped by being sure you have adequate fat to burn. Everything is changing including your blood pressure, blood sugar, electrolytes, etc. If you are on blood pressure medicine or diabetic medicine you will have to monitor these things closely. Be sure you get your low glycemic veggies in and your beans if you are on a plan that allows them because they will also help.

It's possible to have palpitations due to these changes but there are two other chief reasons for heart palpitations. You are not eating enough calories so stress hormones have been released which can cause palpitations. I also find that many palpitations are caused by changes in caffeine use.

-American consumers have no problem with carcinogens, but they will not purchase any product, including floor wax, that has fat in it. - Dave Barry
-My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four; unless there are three other people. - Orson Welles
-The food here is terrible, and the portions are too small. - Woody Allen

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I have had irregular heartbeat from time to time. I saw a preventive cardiologist and got a clean bill of health. If it happens again, you might want to have it checked out. I don't know why low carb would have this effect. If you were talking about a racing heart, I would think your thyroid could be overactive. That also happened to me several years ago. Hope things are better now and wish you success!

Linda

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Hi everyone. I just started low carb 2 days ago and I dropped 2 kgs. Can u imagine? And I didn't even try that much honestly. However, I was getting a horrible headache and heart palpitations at night for a while. I'm not sure why. I don't know if I ate too little but honestly, I think I ate a lot. I didn't restrict myself with the meats and veg at all.

Any idea why I had the heart palpitations and headache? It's gone now. But it was there whole of last night.


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