I wish I had a dollar everytime I heard one of the following:
“Why do I feel so rundown on the Atkins diet?
“Why did I get this massive headache starting low-carb?
“Why can’t I feel good during the Induction phase of Atkins?”
“Will I ever feel ‘normal’ again being on low-carb?”
“Is the low-carb lifestyle worth all this pain?”
I suppose if you go on a low-carb diet for two days and suddenly quit, then you probably have fallen prey to the notion that how you feel early on in the beginning stages of livin’ la vida low-carb is how you will ALWAYS feel eating this way. Take it from someone who has been through that difficult aspect of the Atkins diet, it doesn’t last very long at all.
If you have read my book about my 180-pound low-carb weight loss in 2004, then you know what life was like for me in the first few days of this new lifestyle change. Especially on day one when I quite literally wanted to kill myself that’s how bad I felt, I didn’t know if I was going to make it. Headaches, body aches, shivers, cold sweating, dizziness, nausea…sound familiar anyone?
Just like a drug addict who is taken off of the culprit in their addiction, so too must a carbohydrate and sugar addict be weaned off of unnecessary carbs. It’s a necessary step for anyone who wants to lose weight and get healthy the low-carb way. Best of all is that it is only a temporary feeling that quickly gets better once the Atkins Induction flu passes.
My friend Kent Altena who, like me, used to weigh over 400 pounds and lost 200 pounds on the Atkins diet has been sharing videos about this way of life to help educate people. His videos so far include “How to do Induction,” “What You Can Eat on Induction,” and “What About Loose Skin After Atkins Weight Loss?”
This latest video addresses the issue of the Atkins Induction flu:
INDUCTION FLU: SIGNS OF PROBLEMS OR PROGRESS?
Kent said his Atkins Induction flu lasted an unusually long 3 1/2 weeks, but that’s not typical. Mine, for example, was about three days before I started feeling like my old self again. Once you get past this minor bump in the road at the beginning of low-carb living, the rest is a breeze in comparison. And it is ALL WORTH IT to get through this temporary discomfort. The proof is in the results that both Kent and I have experienced.
I get amused when people tell me that people who eat low-carb are always angry and fly in a rage. LOL! No, I think that would be the people who eat a low-fat diet because they’re STARVING! Hee hee! Na na na na na, I get to eat this steak while you’re stuck sucking on carrot sticks with fat-free dip. Mmmmm…NOT!
No, as Kent so beautifully illustrates in his video, other than the first few days or weeks, low-carb is not that bad. But you will go through the pain up front, so BE READY FOR IT! Don’t let it knock you off course because this is arguably the most important part of livin’ la vida low-carb you will go through. Be tough and make it through. You WILL survive and be successful on the Atkins diet if you simply persevere in the early days.
I was just talking with a friend of mine last night at dinner and he was simply amazed by the paradigm shift that has happened to me. As I was describing to him my former eating habits compared to what I do now, he was captivated. How in the world do you go from eating a whole box of Little Debbie snack cakes in one sitting to refusing to eat ANY sugar? How can you drink upwards of 16-20 cans of Coca-Cola per day and change that to water and diet soda? That’s the miraculous changes that happen both physically and mentally when you start livin’ la vida low-carb.
Kent admits eating this way “is a dramatic change, and some people resist change” because they are unwilling to go through what it takes to become the success that will inevitably come to anyone willing to put forth the effort. Get through those first few days of Induction to get your body into fat-burning mode and the pages of your low-carb weight loss success story will begin in earnest.
Be sure to leave any feedback regarding this video at Kent’s blog so he can address any questions or concerns you may have about what he said. THANKS again, Kent! ANOTHER great video my friend! Keep ’em rolling!