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Carb Withdrawal - The 4 Golden Rules To Coping With Carb Withdrawal

May 1, 2008
Carb withdrawal can cause many problems if not done correctly. Here is your guide to coping with carb withdrawal so that you can easily lose weight and stay healthy, both physically and mentally.

During the first three to four days you'll go through strong carb withdrawal which consists of weariness, headaches, petulance, acute cravings for sugarinesses or starches, a few intestinal disruptions, mild sickness and a gain in overall hungriness.

Sounds frightening doesn't it?

Well, let me assure you, these will pass. And before I explain the ways to cope with these very temporary side effects of car withdrawal, you should know that if you follow my advice, you will see amazing benefits over a short period of time. The reason I have stated these side effects is so that you know what to expect, at worst.

I think this is important for you to know and it helps you prepare using the following techiniques. Ultimately, I didn't mention these things to scare you, but to make you realize the reality of what to expect temporarily. Of course, these side effects are not set in stone, and you may have a plain-sailing transition to your new low carb diet. Either way, it's important for you to know how to cope effectively.

How to cope with carb withdrawal

1. Drink lots of H2O,

2. Consume for the most part, meat, cheeses and eggs if you're peckish and try to relax often.

3. Get some good 8 hours sleep a night. You can take 1000 mg of L-Glutamine (an amino acid most good health food stores) to assist with the cravings for high carb foods. By the fourth or fifth day the toughest part will be past (just as smokers find cigarrettes less appealing after each day that passes after they quit) and as you commence the second week, you'll experience a step-up in energy, mood and your appetite will be quenched due to ketosis.

What is ketosis?

Whilst withdrawn from carbs, your body will switch to burning off existing fat for its fuel. When the ingestion of fat and protein is not adequate it will go after the deposits of fat already stored in your fat cells for energy. This is why you need lots of H20 and fat metabolizing enzymes.

If you'd like to measure your own Ketosis, you can do so by asking your local pharmacist. They will provide you with strips to specifically measure the levels of Ketosis in your body. They will explain exactly what to do and how to read the strip colours properly.

4. The image and scales obsession - stop!

There is nothing worse than weighing yourself everyday if you want to demotivate and even depress yourself!

Just like you don't notice yourself getting old each time you look in the mirror (daily), you will not notice weight loss just from using the scales and checking the mirror.

Scale weight measures water and waste in the body as well as fat so there can be several pounds of fluctuation from day to day, especially in women. It is far better therefore, to measure weight on a monthly basis. That way, you get a better overal idea of your progress.

And stop looking in the damn mirror every two minutes. Just focus on a daily habit of eating low carb food, along with getting on with your life (don't foget to keep active)

Don't compare yourself to others!

Especially if you're a woman and you're comparing yourself to perhaps, a male colleague at work who is also on the same low carb diet. Why not?

Because Women lose weight at half the rate men do and generally they lose it in spurts separated by long plateaus.

If you know this going into the program it makes it a lot easier going. Weight loss is not as scientific as you think, it comes and goes in bursts, so don;t get discouraged!

Because of this way of thinking, many people get discouraged during the first plateau or think they are doing something wrong. This is common and perfectly normal.

It's just the body readjusting itself and trying to find it's new metabolic triggers (where it will kick in and start burning body fat). These "bursts" of weight loss will also vary depending on an individual's body and past dieting experiences.

Eventually with exercise and proper nutrition you can get your body back on track and losing weight consistently. Understanding WHY it's happening is half the battle.

There are other things you should be wary of, but for the purposes of this article, that should be enough to give you a clear head start over everyone else.

If you've been on my 7 day course over at http://lowcarbdietformula.com you'll know what I am talking about when I say that it's surprising how many hidden pitfalls there are associated with a low carb diet.

That doesn't mean you'll necessarily fall into them like everyone else, but believe me, when you're 2 months into your low carb diet, the last thing you want to do is let just ONE of these "traps" hinder your previous hard work.
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