Paleo – The Side Effects When Starting
If you have recently started the Paleo diet and find that it is actually making you feel worse and not better then don’t jump ship just yet, in this article we are going explain what is going on with in your body so that you understand why its happen and what you can do to fix it.
Are you currently experiencing any of these symptoms?
- Low energy levels
- Mood swings
- Intense cravings
- Flu-like symptoms
- Brain fog
- Increased urination
- Increased appetite
- Increased thirst
- Or basically you just feel like S#@T!
Here are the reasons why you are getting these symptoms
1) Fat-adaptation – your body is learning how to transition from its energy source being primarily from sugar to being primarily from fat.
2) Withdrawal symptoms – grains, dairy and sugar are addictive so by eliminating these foods from your diet it can cause withdrawal symptoms until your body learns how to function without these substances.
3) Detoxing – By consuming grains and legumes, additives, preservatives, flour, wheat, sugar and dairy you have consumed a lot of toxins. Your body has adapted to having them in the system and now needs to detox and reboot itself so it can function more optimally.
*The side effects may start within the first day of getting starting Paleo and can last anywhere from 3 days to 3 weeks depending on the person.
Here is what you can do to reduce the side effects
Eat More Good Fats
For most people the Paleo diet is much lower in carbs than what their previous diet was. By taking out the excessive carbs you will need to provide the body with a different fuel source so it can function optimally. Adding more good fats is the solution and you can do this by adding about 1 to 2 tbsp spoons of good fats to each each meal. By doing this it will help to reduce cravings and keep you feeling fuller for longer and it will also help your body better adapt to becoming a fat burner for energy as opposed to a sugar burner.
Eat Smaller Meals More Often
I eat at least 4 small meals a day as I find that it stabilises my energy levels and reduces my craving for foods. This helps to stabilise your blood sugar levels so you don’t get the ups and downs in your energy levels throughout the day.
By drinking enough water you will avoid the energy lulls. These are usually symptoms of mild dehydration and can also be due to a loss of electrolytes due to excessive sweating. By drinking at least 2L of fluids you can avoid these symptoms and if you are excessively sweating be sure to replace your electrolytes by drinking coconut water or adding salt to each meal. If you are going to add salt make sure it is high quality salt such as Pink Himalayan Rock Salt or Celtic Sea Salt.
Know that what you are experiencing is just common side effects of a change in diet. Be strong, be patient and resist any temptations over the next few weeks. It gets easier believe me and once you get through this transition phase you will see a massive improvement with your energy levels, weight loss and general well being. You will notice you have more energy for workouts and you will also notice you have improvements in your strength and recovery. Its not going to be easy but within 4 weeks you will really start to see the full benefits and the positive effects of changing your nutrition and lifestyle for the better.
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