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Is Ketosis Necessary For Weight Loss?

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Are Low-carb Diets Effective For Weight Loss?

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  1. krave79

    Hi.
    I am in my 8th straight day of ketosis. I began low carbing about 5 weeks ago, didn't do it right and restarted Father's Day.
    The week it took me to get back into ketosis was *miserable*, but I toughed it out and like I said, I am now in my 8th or 9th straight day of it.
    I feel *terrible*. Joints hurt, muscles ache. No energy. I am on a diuretic blood pressure combo med, so I try to eat as much extra sodium as I can without causing excess fluid build up.
    I do not know how much longer I can stand this. Is it possible to lose weight on a lower-carb diet and not enter ketosis?
    Also, where is my "ketosis high"? I feel the exact opposite of great.
    I know I have an emotional attachment to food, but the past couple days all I can do is obsess over having a sweet drink or a plate of rice or bucket of popcorn...I even dream about it!
    SO combined with how physically awful I feel and my cravings, I am about one grocery store visit away from throwing in the towel.
    Any thoughts are appreciated!

  2. QueenBacon

    you said you are on a diuretic blood pressure med. did you speak to your doctor before going on this diet? I know in the Atkins books he always suggests taking to your doctor about low carb if your are on diuretics.... low carb is a diuretic... this is prob why you feel like crap..

  3. krave79

    No Dr. I have ever spoken to pushes anything other than high/carb, low fat, period. Last time they suggested pills.
    The thing is, the diuretic med is designed to do what a low carb diet does naturally...which is flush excess fluid....so this point has always confused me. I don't understand how the two would be mutually exclusive or even counter productive.
    Thanks so much for responding.

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