Is it "normal" to feel drunk/woozy/dizzy on low carb?

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maremare312
maremare312 Posts: 1,143 Member
I can't remember feeling like this other times I've gone low carb, but this week, especially in the evening I have the strangest woozy feeling. Does this have anything to do with low carbing? It's really bad tonight, I'm not particularly tired but I think I am going to go lay down because it's such an unsettling feeling.

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  • AlabasterVerve
    AlabasterVerve Posts: 3,171 Member
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    Have you tried drinking some broth?

    ETA:
    Initial side effects

    If you stop eating sugar and starch cold turkey (recommended) you may experience some side effects as your body gets used to it. For most people it is relatively mild and just lasts a few days. Also there are ways to minimize it.

    Common during the first week:

    Headache
    Tiredness
    Dizziness
    Heart palpitations
    Irritability

    The side effects rapidly subside as your body adapts and your fat burning increases. They can be minimized by drinking some extra fluid and temporarily increasing your salt intake somewhat. A good way can be some broth every few hours. Alternatively drink a few extra glasses of water and put some more salt on your food.

    The reason is that carbohydrate rich foods may increase the water retention in your body. When you stop eating that food you will lose excess water through your kidneys. That may give dehydration and lack of salt in the first week before the body has had time to adapt.

    Some prefer to decrease the intake of carbohydrates slowly, over a few weeks, to minimize side effects. But for most it is wise to take away most sugar and starch right away. A few extra pounds of fluids lost on the scale in the first days is great for the motivation.
    http://www.dietdoctor.com/lchf
  • ilikepandasyay
    ilikepandasyay Posts: 96 Member
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    I did for the first few days after starting, and maybe once or twice since.
  • maremare312
    maremare312 Posts: 1,143 Member
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    I haven't tried broth but in general I am a total salt fiend so never figured I would be low on salt lol! I will try that though, thank you!
  • foochick
    foochick Posts: 105 Member
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    Sometimes it's because, as you shed the water so fast, your sodium can get a little low. It may also be your potassium. I added salt and spinach to my diet to counteract that some. It could also be induction flu....it goes away.
  • AlabasterVerve
    AlabasterVerve Posts: 3,171 Member
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    I haven't tried broth but in general I am a total salt fiend so never figured I would be low on salt lol! I will try that though, thank you!
    You're welcome, I hope it works. :smile: I'm usually the same way (I get plenty of salt) but on Monday when I was fasting I felt weak and nauseous. I thought I was going to have to stop even though I fasted twice before without any problem but I had a cup of broth and felt better immediately -- kinda surprising how dramatically it can affect how you feel.
  • Marll
    Marll Posts: 904 Member
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    Sodium!

    Drink a salty beef or chicken broth and I bet you feel fine within a few minutes. Works for me any time this happens.
  • LLRider
    LLRider Posts: 65
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    Sodium!

    Drink a salty beef or chicken broth and I bet you feel fine within a few minutes. Works for me any time this happens.

    YES this
    and
    Stay hydrated

    :smile: