When I first started Atkins, I felt exhausted for a long time. I could see I was losing weight at a good pace, easily, so it was worth it to me. I dealt with the exhaustion by keeping 1-2 oz of cheddar cheese with me at all times. I'd nibble on it constantly it seemed. Just a tiny nibble. 1-2 oz would last me all day. I have NO idea why, but that tiny input of food would chase away the exhausted feeling for a little while. And it certainly is Atkins-appropriate. Since I could do that all day and stay within my carb limit, it was a good thing.
I don't know if your "sluggishness" is the same as my "exhaustion". But you certainly can TRY my solution.
If that doesn't help; and if you aren't a coffee drinker; maybe you'd be willing to try this: Guarana. It is a variation on caffeine I understand. I take 1 pill 1-2 x weekly. About 30 minutes later, I feel a little "lift" which will power me for HOURS. The feeling of being energized is actually increased (for me) by exercising. I've never felt any of caffeine's jittery side effects by using guarana at my very low rate. Since it is a hard pill, it has a long shelf life.
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