I don't think it would make you depressed. Maybe you are feeling emotional since you are watching what you eat now.
Also I agree, possibly the carb flu. I am not currently on low carb but when I do follow a low carb plan (atkins) I suffer from the carb flu. Sometimes it's bad for me, Twice it has made me throw up. Once you are past that part it's all good!
Good advice from Birgit. Bearing in mind that some depression has a physiological cause and some is psychological, you're probably experiencing carb "flu" (physiological) as well as some grief symptoms (psychological).
Grief happens because of separation, and it's surprising how many habits that we try to change bring those feelings up. I know when I quit smoking that part of the process was grieving the permanent loss of the habit, and the grief lingered long after the physical withdrawal was done.
I suspect that what you experiencing is what is termed carb flu, a condition that comes from your body being forced to get energy from fat rather than from sugar, which it had gotten used to as the preferred fuel. In the transition time your body and brain are a little low on energy which in some cases can lead to feeling depressed, but the discomfort usually only lasts for a few days. Sometimes it helps to increase your water intake and also increase your salt intake. If your depression is severe talk to a health care provider as there may be other causes. To answer your question directly: losing weight will not cause depression, but losing weight and feeling depressed can both occur at the same time as a result of lowering carbs significantly, in other words correlation, not causation. Hope this helps and glad you asked the question. Birgit
Edited by: HOUNDLOVER1 at: 9/17/2013 (20:31)
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