Atkins - Day 4 of Atkins Induction- done with the 'flu'?

10-24-2012, 10:46 AM
Hi everyone,

I think I'm out of the water finally with the Atkin's 'flu'. Yesterday I stuck through it, even though that's usually when I give up. I think I have a deeper understanding of the biochemical changes my body needs to go through to transition to fat burning, which is why this time I knew to stick it out. But yesterday was terrible... I had the worst tension headache; stiff neck, back and joints; and was exhausted and achy. I made it through a whole day at the office plus a long meeting, but skipped the gym. I came home at night and ate a huge green salad (carbs kept within the limit), then my protein/fat afterwards. That started making me feel better. Then I took a magnesium supplement and my restless legs and tension just disappeared. This morning I feel brand new!

What was the 'flu' like for you, when did it kick in, and how long did it last?

10-24-2012, 12:40 PM
To be perfectly honest, I guess I was very fortunate because I never experienced the "Atkins Flu". From what I understand, it doesn't last too long...a few days to maybe a week.
You CAN do this!!!
All the best to you!!:)

10-24-2012, 01:49 PM
In my case, it never got better, even after two weeks, it only got worse (to the point I passed out at least on two occasions, and came close to passing out on many more).

Unfortunately, because the possibility was never mentioned in the book, I just assumed the whole diet was stupid and dangerous (at least for me).

I eventually discovered (like 20 years later) that in my case the "flu" was caused by rapidly dropping blood sugar (not always, but usually into the hypoglycemic range).

All I needed to fix the problem was to move onto OWL and find the carb level at which symptoms disappeared. I never really thought about it until my current doctor, several years ago suggested that I try low-carb, but warned not to go "too low," admitting that he had no idea what would be too low. So for the first time, it dawned on me to experiment with carb levels to find the point at which symptoms disappeared (or where at least manageable) and yet allowed me to lose weight consistently.

So, if your symptoms go away at 2 weeks or before, that's absolutely fantastic, but if they don't (or even if they get unmanageable before the 2 weeks) at least consider moving on to OWL before deciding to ditch the whole low-carb option (as I foolishly did).

Hubby and I went to a weight loss clinic for an evaluation (unfortunatley our insurance didn't pay for the program and we couldn't afford it - when we saved up enough money for us to do the program anyway, the program had been discontinued).

Hubby because of his diabetes and diabetes meds (he was on pills and injectable meds), he was encouraged to "do Atkins backwards," that is moving down the carb ladder backwards first replacing grains with whole grains, then reducing carbs 5 to 10g per day...). This was so that he wouldn't end up in severe hypoglycemic shock.

I was told I could do South Beach, Atkins, or even "backwards Atkins" if I wanted.

I'm not suggesting that you modify Atkins if you don't absolutley have to, just that a modified Atkins is better than no Atkins at all. Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater as I did.

10-24-2012, 06:09 PM
Sneaking in here to say that I switched to Atkins for a few days as an experiment and have not suffered from then"flu" at all. :crossed: It may be because I made sure I had 20 carbs.

10-25-2012, 10:33 AM
Sneaking in here to say that I switched to Atkins for a few days as an experiment and have not suffered from then"flu" at all. :crossed: It may be because I made sure I had 20 carbs.

SO happy to hear Atkins is working for you so far!! I am living proof it works.....and.....despite what people may say, it does work long term!