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Troubleshooting Guide Part Ii: In Ketosis, But I Dont Fell Well

Last weeks post, Troubleshooting Guide Part I , was the first of a two-part guide for solving problems in ketosis. For those who are new to eating keto, you may find yourself facing a few challenges early in your adaptation. Part I addresses: I have headaches, brain fog and my energy is low. My heart sometimes races or feels funny since I lowered my carbs. I salt my food, but I still have terrible headaches and also feel tired, dizzy, and my sinuses are congested. Every time I eat, I have heartburn/indigestion/acid reflux or I cant seem to handle all the fat. This week, I will address the next five challenges that face those new to ketosis. Im always cold or my hair is thinning or I cannot sleep or I feel anxious all of the time. These and related symptoms occur when someones thyroid function is beginning to slow. The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland that sits at the base on the throat. It is the metabolic control center of the body. A slow or sluggish metabolism registers a basal body temperature under the average of 98.6 degrees. This explains why a slow metabolism is often diagnosed by feeling cold. Other signs of a slow metabolism can include constipation, hair thinning or Continue reading >>

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  1. MKChitown

    Hi - I'm new to Keto (8 days in), new to the forum, and catching up on 2KD podcasts. So far so good, but I'm impatient and want keto-adaptation ASAP. I seem to be cold all the time. I know that it's cold outside, but even with warm clothes and a blanket, I am cold all the time, even indoors.
    Anyone else have this happen in the beginning?
    thanks all, happy to join the group.


  2. Izerian

    If you're 8 days in, that could be a symptom of carb withdrawal? (Keto flu) just a thought. I experienced similar feelings.

  3. AnnaLeeMI

    I was very very cold at first too. I started October 1st. It didn't help that I had recently also shaved most of my head. I would have to sleep with a hoodie and extra blankets.

    It got better, and I felt warmer if I ate some fat. Like if I noticed my hands were all of the sudden cold eating some pure fat helped.

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Why Am I Always Cold? : Thyroid Disease : Active Low-carber Forums

You might want to think about having your thyroid tested. All weight loss diets lower thyroid function somewhat. Being cold all the time is a classic thyroid symptom. Of course, it could be from a bunch of other reasons, but the thyroid test is relatively cheap and painless. I went through the very same thing during the summer. About 3 months into the diet I could not get warm to save my life. Only thing that would warm me up were hot baths. I think it lasted for 2 months and now I am back to normal. Maybe the body has to adjust temp wise due to the fat layers being burned off! LOL Not sure...but it sounds good anyway. My thyroid is fine btw. :) Yes, low thyroid is a possibility, but you mentioned that the chills are especially bad after exercise. Are you drinking enough?? Chills can be the result of dehydration too, especially if you're drinking coffee, tea, colas or other things with caffeine, which is diuretic. You need to drink lots of water while you exercise and right after too. Our fat cells do act like insulation to keep body heat in, but it's WATER that carries the heat and warmth to our cells and tissues in the first place. I thought it was just me. I too feel cold lot o Continue reading >>

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  1. rissimo

    I thought this might help in understanding Ketosis.

    I thought this might help in understanding Ketosis.
    How does it work?
    Ideal Protein works by putting you in a “fat burning state”. This is more technically known as ketosis. Ketosis is a stage of metabolism where your body has depleted the reserves of its main form of energy – glycogen. Once those reserves are gone, your liver will being breaking down stored fat in the body for use as energy. Breaking down the fat yields fatty acids and three types of ketone bodies (hence, the name ketosis). The ketones are then burned by the cells in your body as an alternative fuel.
    Getting Into Ketosis
    Arguably, the worst part of being on the program is getting into ketosis. Our bodies have done what they’ve always done for millions of years – they’ve adapted to life as they know it. Our lives have led to us being overweight by indulging in bad foods in bad quantities. Our bodies are now used to that type of existence. Introducing a new nutritional paradigm (ketosis) to our bodies will necessitate it’s adapting to the new condition. This adaptation is stressful for the body and we will feel the effects.
    First, your body will notice a dramatic drop in caloric intake at first. We’ve gotten our bodies used to abundant calories and carbohydrates for long periods of time or to an up and down pattern of calories/carbs which our bodies see as “feast or famine”. Either way, when we take the calories/carbs away, our bodies will react:

    Hunger – you’re going to feel hunger because your body is used to having more than it has now. Not a typical for dieting in general.

    Fatigue – you’re taking in dramatically less fuel (food) than you used to and your body will probably try to compensate by getting you to slow down your expenditure of energy. It does this by decreasing your metabolic rate. This can make you feel tired, even dizzy. It’s a type of warning that your body’s giving you saying “if you don’t get some food, I’m going to start burning fat!”

    Headache – some report headaches associated with “carbohydrate withdrawl”. Whether it’s truly withdrawl or not, I don’t know. However, it certainly seems that way to those who suffer its effects. The typical headache relief methods (ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin) are allowable while on IP, however your stomach may seem more sensitive to them because it’s no longer loaded with food. Try to use such products soon after having a meal and drink plenty of water.

    Irritability – when your hungry, tired and/or have a headache…you can be understandably irritable. Try to keep in mind that you may be more inclined to react negatively to things during this short time and don’t go off on those who don’t deserve it. The good news is that this transition generally lasts only 3-5 days. Once you’re in ketosis, you’ll feel a difference in your energy level. It will go up significantly as your body begins to enjoy having an alternative fuel source – ketones!
    Being in Ketosis
    As the ketones pervade your bloodstream to supply the cells with energy, your state of ketosis begins to manifest some side effects. Some of those side effects are disquieting, but they’re not bad for you. Ketones will show up in your urine, which are sometimes able to be detected with Ketostix, but the state of ketosis that IP evokes is so mild that often such tests won’t show a positive result on the Ketosix.One of the three types of ketones is permeable to the lungs and can pass from the blood through the lung walls and becomes incorporated into your exhalations, the same way that carbon dioxide passes out of the body. This can cause “ketosis breath” and a slight metallic taste in the mouth. This is unpleasant, but can be easily overcome with frequent brushing of teeth (a few times a day) and sugarless gum/mints.
    Menses can also be affected while in ketosis. Your cycle may be disrupted or cease all together. While this is an odd occurrence for a woman, it is not completely unexpected while in this state.
    You may occasionally feel hunger while in ketosis, but it should be more mild than normal. Since you’re eating every few hours, you shouldn’t feel that gnawing sensation associated with hunger prior to being in ketosis. As your body adapts to the new circumstances, it may even develop an internal clock that will make you mildly hungry right around meal time. For some, there is no hunger at all and people need to remember or even be reminded that they need to eat! Another side effect for some is an increased sensitivity to cold. Hands and feet can be particularly effected. I am normally very hot blooded, yet my hands and feet became ice cold when in ketosis. Hot drinks (tea, coffee, IP cocoa/chai tea/mocha/cappuccino), sweaters, heat packs, etc can all help with this.
    Breaking Ketosis
    Staying in ketosis revolves around keeping your body from getting excess carbohydrates. If your body comes to the conclusion that there are enough
    carbohydrates available to use as its main fuel source, it will end the ketosis state and resume using carbohydrates. This crash out of ketosis has some side effects as well:

    Hunger – your body will assume that since you’re getting enough carbs to end ketosis, there must be ample food available. Coming out of ketosis and having food available is exactly the type of situation that the body has adapted for over the millennia - “Feast or Famine”. Now, it sees it as a time to feast so that you can replenish the glycogen that you depleated while getting into ketosis. That replenishment requires more fuel – more food! Therefore, your body tells you to eat, eat and eat. You’ll be almost insatiably hungry.

    Immediate and dramatic weight gain – As your body restores its glycogen, you’regaining weight…quickly. Several pounds in a period of a couple days is not uncommon.
    Resuming Ketosis
    If you fall out of ketosis for some reason, the best thing to do is to start working to get right back in it. Follow the program as if you didn’t do anything to fall out. If you “cheated” and had a candy bar or a hoagie or whatever, resume the program as if you hadn’t had it at all. Keep on your meal schedule. Don’t abandon the day, weekend or week by just giving up on it because you’ve “screwed it up”. Just get right back into the program immediately. Doing this helps to significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to get back into ketosis. The longer you stay out of ketosis, the longer it takes to get back into it. So, hop right back on the wagon!

  2. LSJ100

    Great information - thank you!

  3. lmlittle

    Thanks! That was great information.

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Feeling Cold All Of The Time

GauchoMark Posts: 1,804Member, Premium Member Posts: 1,804Member, Premium Member Aside from losing the "insulation", feeling cold is also a symptom of ketosis. Chances are, you went from a diet very (too) high in carbs to one that is not very high in carbs? I'm ALWAYS cold now and was a "sweatsy Betsy" before. I've only lost 7 lbs but my diet has to be the reason. I hear you never get used to it. chevy88grl Posts: 3,951Member Member Posts: 3,951Member Member I'm always cold. I'm the only person I know that sleeps with an electric blanket in the middle of the summer! I used to be the person who was always hot - I mean, I would have windows open in the dead of winter because I was so dang hot. Now? I'm freezing to death ALL the time! I should mention I've been in maintenance for 18 months and it hasn't gotten any better. JGT2004 Posts: 243Member Member Posts: 243Member Member I've had the same problem (down about 98 lb total) and a friend suggested it might be partly caused by an iron deficiency. I had my blood work done and was deficient in vitamin D & iron so I've started taking both of them in pill form daily. I have noticed a huge difference. I used to sit at my cube with space Continue reading >>

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  1. @BriMcS

    Has anyone experienced any of the following since doing the BP diet?
    1. An increased sensitivity to cold temperature
    2. A drop in body temperature when at rest; or at least the feeling of.
    3. Apparent deterioration in blood circulation
    Cold hands & feet at night & morning when resting
    Dry skin at fingertips
    The above applies to when at rest. The symptoms improve when exercising.
    It's odd - my brain feels rested, clean & active, while the rest of my body seems to slow down at rest.

  2. Reka

    This sounds like underactive thyroid to me.

  3. @BriMcS

    Is there a component in the BP diet that might reduce thyroid activity?
    Note no unusual fatigue, low mood or any other symptom of hypothyroidism (I just looked it up ).
    Anything to do with lack of carbs or fructose, or withdrawal from, I wonder..

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