Low Carb Diet Side Effects

ID-100398483There are a few low carb diet side effects, but the biggest one is you will lose fat. And that is an awesome side effect!

But really there are a few low carb diet side effects, especially in the beginning. Some people experience more or different issues because we are all different. Some folks are lucky enough to not have any side effects.

Headache:  I had two side effects from eating low carb. The first few days I had a headache along with a sort of fogginess. I found it a bit difficult to focus on things. But this only lasted a few days.

Leg Cramps: Also I had a problem with being working in the early morning with leg cramps. I still get them once in a while. But I find it happens when I don’t drink enough water. So I make a conscious effort to drink more water throughout the day.

I also found that adding a magnesium supplement along with my daily multi-vitamin helps.

And because most high fat foods contain less salt, I added extra salt in my diet. I even add a bit of salt to my ice water. I find the extra salt in my diet helps to reduce the cramps. If I want something salty I will often grab a dill pickle and it seems to give me some extra sodium.

Some other side effects are:

Induction Flu: Many people also feel flu like symptoms in the first couple of days. Some people feel weak and have no energy. Others have a headache like I did. Something that can help is to make sure you are getting enough salt in your diet. Some ways of adding more salt is to drink water with a bit of salt in it or you can just have a cup of chicken or beef bouillon or bone broth.

Heart Palpitations: Some people notice heart palpitations in the beginning as well. Usually increasing your salt intake will help reduce heart palpitation.

Bad Breath: This is something that will pass the longer you are on the diet. Simply use a sugar free breath spray. I found that drinking lots of water with lemon helped to keep my mouth fresh.

Constipation: Some people have a problem with constipation especially in the beginning. The easy solution is to drink lots of water and make sure you are eating enough green vegetables which include lots of fiber. Also adding  psyllium seed husks in the form of capsules to your diet. I take 4 tablets every day and it keeps me regular.

These side effects should go away after a few days. The most important thing is to make sure you are eating fat. By eating fat you will not be hungry and your body will be satisfied.

And since many of the foods you eat on a high fat diet are low in salt, it is important to make sure you are getting enough salt.

Are you eating high fat? If so, I would really love it if you could share any of your side-effects or results with other readers in the comments below. You may be helping someone.

I hope you found these Low Carb Diet Side Effects helpful. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Low Carb Diet Side Effects”

  1. Hi Wendy, I love the idea of losing FAT as one of the side effects of a low carb diet!

    As far as the headaches and fogginess goes, That is everyday for me already. I think it has to do with the menopause 🙁

    I have found that eating a banana helps with my leg cramps. I am on a low sodium diet for the heart so the salt wouldn’t work for me.

    Thanks for the heads up and the remedies that you have provided.

    1. Hi Suzette! Menopause stinks! Huh? LOL! Thank goodness I have lost all of the fogginess and the headaches. As for the leg cramps, I used to do Banana’s for but while losing weight I can’t do the sugar and banana’s have over 20 grams of carbs. And that would put me over my limit for the day. However, I do eat an avocado every day. They are very high in potassium which helps with cramps and only contain 2 grams.

      Take care!

  2. Thank you for the post. I never knew that about salt. I have had the headaches but I never thought about eating fat or increasing my salt. This is really good information! I was wondering how magnesium help reduce these side effects? Do you recommend taking this type of supplement when on low carb diets?

    1. I didn’t either. And over the years I learned that potasium is good for cramps. But since I was eating an avacado every day I didn’t think that was the problems. So I did some research and found out that when you are low on carbs you are not getting enough minerals in general and the side effect of low magnesium is leg cramps. So I decided to add it along with the salt and it worked.

      It is really nice to sleep through the night with out being woken up by the terrible cramps.

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