Here’s an email I sent to a friend who is considering the slow carb diet:
When you start the slow carb diet, you may want to keep in mind something that happened to me:
low carb flu
It’s not “real” flu, but I felt run down, headachey and terrible after a couple of days. It turns out that the body gets used to having so much sugar and carbs, and reacts poorly after a drastic change. To combat that, I did two things:
1) When the symptoms first hit, I declared it an impromptu treat day (Claire calls it that, and it makes more sense than cheat day because you’re supposed to be doing it).
2) I added back in a bit of potato or rice into my diet when I was feeling run down.
After a couple of weeks, things were going well, and I didn’t have to do 1) or 2) anymore.
You may notice there’s also a list of slow carb foods that aren’t recommended if you’re trying to lose weight. I ate some of those for the first few weeks as well, just to get used to that style of eating. Once everything was going well, I phased those things out (mostly nuts, but also chick peas).
One other thing. A lot of people get tempted to improve the results by skipping treat day.
Not only is it a good psychological release valve, but it keeps the body from lowering your metabolism to adjust for the reduced calories you’re taking in. You might lose more weight the week you skip, but it will slow down your weight loss after that.
Enjoy the treats. And when you’re tempted by something, just tell yourself you’ll eat it on treat day. Maybe even write it down. That’s what I do.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Ok, that’s it for the email.
I should note that there are probably other ways to approach getting started. Slowly adding “Slow Carb” meals into your diet would be another way.
The approach I took stemmed from wanting to get started right away, then hitting some resistance pretty quickly.
What I did do worked for me.
January 1, 2017, I weighed 283.8 lbs.
January 9, 2017, I weighed 277.6 lbs.
Obviously there was a lot of water weight, etc., but it was an exciting and motivating development for me.
I think that for most people, it’ll be more important to just get started, no matter how you do it.