It’s very normal for people transitioning from eating very high carb to eating very low carb to feel crummy for a few days. This is a side effect of your body adjusting from burning carbohydrates for fuel to burning fat for fuel and the bigger the change it is for you, the more likely you’ll feel less-than-stellar in the process. You have two main options of dealing with it:
- Ride it out. It usually works out in 3-4 days, although for some people it make take a little longer. If you choose this option, stick to your plan like glue as deviations will just drag out the misery. Take it easy. Take a good multivitamin, and consider adding some potassium. Drink plenty of water and try some warm broth with salt (as it helps the electrolyte balance) and maybe a little pat of butter. Know it will pass soon.
- Ease in instead. If you gradually ramp down your carb consumption over the course of about a week, you may be able to bypass this pit stop entirely.
The good news is, once you’ve made the switch to burning fat for energy (aka ketosis), most people report feeling more energy, focus and clarity than they’ve felt in years!
It’s worth the wait so just hang in there! We’re rooting for you.