Ideal Protein Diet - strange symptoms when on IP????? on day 5




Jasesgirl
07-29-2011, 05:10 AM
Okay, so i woke up with a headache.. i ate..it got better...I go to bed on average at 2am and usually i would sleep in till like 11am..instead..im up at the crack of freaking dawn with energy to boot...but then i feel lightheaded and you know how if you move your eyes to the left and then to the right? Well..its like my brain hasnt caught up and its delayed by two seconds..so then i feel kinda lightheaded and nauseaous ...it finally settled down tonite..but then i noticed something else.. I get cold...really really easily..which is odd for me..because i tend to sweat lots from doing simple things..and now all of the sudden i have to turn up the heat at work and wear a sweatshirt..this is so not me...Anyone else have issues with feeling cold???

I was wondering..is it possible cause im averaging 4 litres of water a day..that im cold from constantly drinking water? i mean.. would my body tempreature drop lower if i was consuming lots of water??


AuburnKate
07-29-2011, 10:01 AM
I am really cold too...granted, I am always cold. I have a heater in my officer in summer in Mississippi...but I am even colder. I don't know if it has to do with your body getting into ketosis.

My body aches, like even my ankles. I just feel weak physically (except I feel fine as far as focusing) I think all these symptoms have to do with your body adjusting

also, anyone else's face break out when they started IP?? Mine has and its worrying me. I would hate to work hard for a skinny body but have ugly skin ...

Pauley
07-29-2011, 10:18 AM
I had all the same symptoms (except breaking out) my first week also. The headaches went away pretty quickly as did the nausea. I still get lightheaded on occasion if it's been quite a while since my last meal. I am still cold all the time. I am wearing a coat in my office in the middle of July. I think carbs stoke the body's furnace. I remember back when I was mountaineering and snow camping, our instructors would tell us to eat a candy bar before bed because the sugars would help us keep warm. If we're cold now... I hate to think what winter is going to be like on this diet!


rachelearth
07-29-2011, 10:25 AM
Half way through my weight loss last time I started to feel cold all the time. It was explained to me that when we lose fat, we lose our insulation and thus we feel cold! I don't know how accurate this is, but I kinda bought it, lol.

calee
07-29-2011, 10:51 AM
Starting Day 5 (alternative products) here. I'm always cold but I've already shed most of my fat suit so I've been cold for over a year. I'm sitting here in sweats and a polar tec drinking hot fluids.

Are you drinking ice water? If yes, switch to room temp and warm herbal teas?

I slept 5 hours last night and I feel exhausted this morning. Thank goodness I'm working from home this morning.

I've been a little light-headed as well. Last night in Pilates class I needed a long time to come up to standing position.

Your eye thing sounds like good old fashioned exhaustion while your inner motor is running. I bet it will settle down.

Bellamack
07-29-2011, 10:59 AM
I am going to start week 5 tomorrow and I am still weak, still cold and last night at about 4am broke out in a sweat. I am having a hard time doing my normal daily walk of 3 miles (pretty much have cut it to 1 mile) I think we are taking in so few calories and almost no carbs, so the energy level is going to be down. Although, some people report spikes in energy. I too am getting up much earlier, but then feeling drowsy in the afternoon, but can't nap, because I would never be able to sleep at night. Keep posting, I like to know that my symptons are not strange.

ExPiglet2
07-29-2011, 11:02 AM
I am really cold too...granted, I am always cold. I have a heater in my officer in summer in Mississippi...but I am even colder. I don't know if it has to do with your body getting into ketosis.

My body aches, like even my ankles. I just feel weak physically (except I feel fine as far as focusing) I think all these symptoms have to do with your body adjusting

also, anyone else's face break out when they started IP?? Mine has and its worrying me. I would hate to work hard for a skinny body but have ugly skin ...

I'm having the same issue, its embarrassing, my face is breaking out all over. I didnt have this issue when I was a teen but now on this diet I have zits! I'm hoping its just cause my body is adjusting to this new way of eating and that my face will clear up.

Maybe its my body asking where the heck is the chocolate?!?!?

Also, I am a very hot natured person and lately I've been chilly even though its 100 degrees outside.

I'm on day 9, hoping things go back to normal soon

Pauley
07-29-2011, 11:21 AM
I've just learned that this diet makes your hormones wacky (fat cells releasing estrogen as they say goodbye) so maybe that's why the breakout? Just a thought.

I'm not sleeping much anymore either. Why can't I sleep more than 6 hours now, when I used to get 8? I've heard the side effect from others... not sure why it happens.

Linden
07-29-2011, 11:25 AM
Ummmm. I think you guys need to start reading earlier posts. Read voraciously.:D None of these symptoms are strange. Headache, take a pinch of sea salt. Lightheadedness and cold equal lower blood pressure. Weakness midafternoon, low blood sugar. Have half of a packet or, if you eat dinner late, a whole packet around 3:30 - 4:00, depending on when you need it.

The above is the short answer. My best advice would be to go back to the daily chat starting about the 1st of June 2010 (although it was a weekly chat then) and start reading. Read everything Carla and Novak wrote at minimum. The education is out there, and free, you just need to go looking a little. And then there's always your coach, sometimes.

Linden
07-29-2011, 11:27 AM
Ummmm. I think you guys need to start reading earlier posts. Read voraciously.:D None of these symptoms is strange. Headache, take a pinch of sea salt. Lightheadedness and cold equal lower blood pressure. Weakness midafternoon, low blood sugar. Have half of a packet or, if you eat dinner late, a whole packet around 3:30 - 4:00, depending on when you need it.

The above is the short answer. My best advice would be to go back to the daily chat starting about the 1st of June 2010 (although it was a weekly chat the) and start reading. Read everything Carla and Novak wrote at minimum. The education is out there, and free, you just need to go looking a little. And then there's always your coach, sometimes.

murleya1
07-29-2011, 03:17 PM
My blood pressure tends to be on the lower end of good so it is good to know that the light headedness is likely due to the low blood pressure. A couple weekago mine was 98/60. But the low BP was something I had before the diet.

karenfromtexas
07-29-2011, 04:55 PM
Hi,

I felt really tired, dizzy, couldn't focus, hungry all the time, etc. the first 5 days or so. All of this slowly went away. I have felt colder than normal since about week 2 but I don't mind because I can keep the AC at like 80 F and that's perfect for me and lowers my electricity bill. I find I wake up around 6 a.m. everyday but that's after 8.5-9 hours of sleep, which is normal for me. I haven't had any break-outs. I haven't had any other problems so far.

Make sure you are following the plan to a "T", including the vitamins, sea salt, and olive oil because these will all help resolve your symptoms in time. If you want more specific suggestions, I'd read the newbie FAQ's or tips (I forget the exact name.) and as many daily chat threads as you can. I learned a lot from doing that. :) Good luck!

Karen

Beachbound72
07-23-2012, 06:40 PM
Today is day 9 for me. I lost 5 lbs the first 4 days and not an ounce since then. I have felt crappy on this diet since day 2!! I don't know if I can take it anymore! I am not using Ideal Protein foods, but my husband who lost 35 lbs gave me all the info, alternative foods, and vitamins. I felt dizzy, lightheaded, and foggy the first week. Now I feel nausiated most of the time! We are going to the beach in 1.5 weeks, so I'm scared to stop and gain back the weight/water weight- but I am MISERABLE! Help!

kaplods
07-23-2012, 07:40 PM
I get the same symptoms whenever my calories and/or carbs are too low (orif I go too long without eating, especially if the last meal/snack I ate was very high in carb). For me, the symptoms turned out to be blood sugar being too low, or blood sugar dropping rapidly.

On low-carb diets, I don't really experience "hunger" in the traditional sense (or at least as I'm used to experiencing it). Instead, the blood sugar drop and the resulting ill feeling (including being suddenly cold) is the only signal that I get.

I never could do vlcd's or significantly low-carb diets, because of the symptoms (which is one of the reasons I'm not sure IP will work for me, but I do want to try it. I can't afford IP or even most of the alternative products, so I've been researching the plan to see if I can find or create affordable alternatives to simulate the program).


I really only lose well on a very controlled-carb diet, but when I eat low-carb, I don't really ever feel hunger as I recognize it. Hubby actually recognizes my hunger before I do. When I get cranky, or complain of a headache, he'll ask me whether/when I've eaten.

According to many of the low-carb authors, including Atkins, the symptoms supposedly go away after 2 weeks. Mine do not. In fact, they get worse to the point that I'll actually pass out if I don't deal with the symptoms (by eating) before they get really bad.

Maybe they do go away for most people, but for me they don't. They have gotten better since I was prescribed metformin (a medication that helps regulate blood sugar). So if you're insulin resistant or diabetic, this may be why you're experiencing the blood sugar drop (if that's what it is - but I suspect so). I think I had blood sugar issues all of my life, because for as long as I can remember, I couldn't eat "sweet foods" for breakfast without getting sick by lunch time. And I couldn't skip meals, or I'd get sick.

What I find helpful may not be doable on IP.

I either

1. Eat smaller amounts more frequently

or

2. Eat more fat/protein at meals (therefore more calories) so they hold me longer. Eating more carbs does NOT help and only makes the situation worse (high-fiber, low-calorie veggies don't seem to really help or hurt one way or the other).


I don't know if you can do that on IP, or whether modifying the plan to do that would be workable, but I would recommend asking your doctor for a full metabolic panel to diagnose or rule out IR and diabetes.

Beachbound72
07-23-2012, 07:51 PM
Kaplods, I do have a history of hypoglycemia. So maybe that is what is going on. Like you, I'm not hungry, I just feel terrible! I have one foot out the door on this diet, so tomorrow I will eat more carbs and calories and see how I do!
I have all the info on the poor man's Ideal Protein if you want it!

BLUEJEWEL
07-23-2012, 11:20 PM
Today is day 9 for me. I lost 5 lbs the first 4 days and not an ounce since then. I have felt crappy on this diet since day 2!! I don't know if I can take it anymore! I am not using Ideal Protein foods, but my husband who lost 35 lbs gave me all the info, alternative foods, and vitamins. I felt dizzy, lightheaded, and foggy the first week. Now I feel nausiated most of the time! We are going to the beach in 1.5 weeks, so I'm scared to stop and gain back the weight/water weight- but I am MISERABLE! Help!

when you say feel crappy not sure what you mean...I felt horrible for two days last week, and thought I was going to quit, I could not focus, I sas dingy and loopy, and could not focus on my work. It was suggested I have some sea salt immediately, which I did, and no kidding within 5 minutes, I was totally fine...and have felt great ever since. That was week 3 for me and I had gained that weigh in, now this week...down 4.6.
Rather than quitting, look for the solution. I notice you have posted 2 times, if you are not using the wealth of knowledge on these boards, you are missing out on real help...that is free!!!!
don't give up... find the solution that will work for you.
Keep us informed, do well!

auroragrl
07-23-2012, 11:50 PM
Okay, so i woke up with a headache.. i ate..it got better...I go to bed on average at 2am and usually i would sleep in till like 11am..instead..im up at the crack of freaking dawn with energy to boot...but then i feel lightheaded and you know how if you move your eyes to the left and then to the right? Well..its like my brain hasnt caught up and its delayed by two seconds..so then i feel kinda lightheaded and nauseaous ...it finally settled down tonite..but then i noticed something else.. I get cold...really really easily..which is odd for me..because i tend to sweat lots from doing simple things..and now all of the sudden i have to turn up the heat at work and wear a sweatshirt..this is so not me...Anyone else have issues with feeling cold???

I was wondering..is it possible cause im averaging 4 litres of water a day..that im cold from constantly drinking water? i mean.. would my body tempreature drop lower if i was consuming lots of water??

I am really cold too...granted, I am always cold. I have a heater in my officer in summer in Mississippi...but I am even colder. I don't know if it has to do with your body getting into ketosis.

My body aches, like even my ankles. I just feel weak physically (except I feel fine as far as focusing) I think all these symptoms have to do with your body adjusting

also, anyone else's face break out when they started IP?? Mine has and its worrying me. I would hate to work hard for a skinny body but have ugly skin ...

Hey Ladies:

You should have been given a packet of info explaining symptoms of the diet when you first get started.

Very crucial to drink all of your water. For headache and feeling light headed - put some of the sea salt in your hand and lick it - in 15 minutes you will feel better. Eat all of your lettuce and veggies and don't go longer than 6 yours without eating. Feeling moody, or blue and acne can happen because your fat is releasing stored estrogen. You are going to feel lethargic and slow and not the best. Should be better by the end of the first week and then you will have more energy. You will sleep better, and have more energy. Feeling cold is normal too!!

kaplods
07-24-2012, 12:39 AM
Kaplods, I do have a history of hypoglycemia. So maybe that is what is going on. Like you, I'm not hungry, I just feel terrible! I have one foot out the door on this diet, so tomorrow I will eat more carbs and calories and see how I do!
I have all the info on the poor man's Ideal Protein if you want it!


Thanks, that'd be great! I've started wading through the pdf's and links in the Forum stickies, and FAQ threads, but any info to get me started would be greatly appreciated (my searching is a bit hit and miss at this point).

celtsune
08-23-2012, 07:11 PM
you should both be checking and keeping your Primary DR in the loop here! I am a Type 2 diabetic and this diet caused me to go low. Now i go low each day and my DR had me cut back on my meds. Time will tell as i lose the weight. I might be able to stay off of them. Seriously going low is much more dangerous then being a bit high keep an eye on it. Meter test if your feeling crappy. I keep a few extra of the bars around (cinnamon one is my favorite) I eat 1/2 then check my numbers about 15 to 20 mins later to make sure they stabilize.

Lizzy63
08-23-2012, 08:54 PM
Cold all the time here - just keep a sweater handy... Hubby thinks it's funny when I'm wearing a sweater outside while it's in the 80s!

Not sure about the breaking out - maybe a little the first week or two, but now my skin looks better than it has in a long time! If you are breaking out, use something very gentle on your skin to avoid irritating it further. I like Dr. Hauschka cleansing milk. Pricey, but you don't need much and it lasts a long time.

IP43
08-23-2012, 09:56 PM
Not sure about the breaking out - maybe a little the first week or two, but now my skin looks better than it has in a long time!

I wrote in my journal that my skin was really dry, flaky, blotchy etc. (week one) but by the time I saw my coach the next time, it was way more smooth than ever and I had forgotten that it was so rough. She thought it was my body shedding toxins etc. through the process of getting into ketosis, but assured me with all the protein, I should be having improved skin, and it definitely has. Hopefully your skin problems are only temporary -- if you're at the beginning of the process just give it a chance. I'm lovin' my smoother, softer face these days!