If your low-carb plan is low enough in carbs, the first 2-4 days are going to be the worst. By the end of day 3 or 4, you’re generally golden.
Induction flu usually causes dizziness, headaches, nausea, cravings (fun combo), foggy-brain, and abnormally lethargy. This is due to the body moving from burning carbs for fuel to burning fat. As well, the body is de-toxing.
In short, it’s like being Amy Winehouse, minus the boobie tattoos.
The first three days are a nightmare.
Day 1: (all day) OMG! It’s a Twinkie! It’s. Not. Moving! I must have it-oh nonononoono! I can’t have it. Will. drink. water… Why. am. I talking like. William Shatner.
Day 2: (morning) OK. Who is spinning the room? And why did I just try to dial in AM radio on my toaster?
3 pm that day: OMG! It’s the same Twinkie! It’s. Still. There! TwinkieTwinkieTwinkie! I’m kissing the wrappper. I won’t eat it. La la laaaa. OK, Twinkie. No Twinkie. *sniff* Must. Fight. Twinkie…
Day 3: (morning) TWINKIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!! Nom nom nom I’m not the Cookie Monster. Not. Cookie. Monster. OK. OK, I can do this. Focus. Bacon. Bacon is my Twinkie. Yes. Hostess Bacon. BACON! NOM NOM NOM!
(afternoon) I am just going to lick the Twinkie. Yeah! That’s it! No! No! That’s not it. I made it two days so far. The last time I made anything two days in a row, it was those cool leg warmers on my Ronco Knit-O-Matic. Must. Resist.
Day 4. Whoa Nelly! I’m down 5 pounds, feel clear-headed and I haven’t woken up in the gutter with a brown bag filled with Twinkies and the tell-tale yellow crumbs on my breath. I am HE-Yaled! I can walk! I–I–I can DANCE! YAY-ES! *Stomps on Twinkie*
Day 5 through the rest of your life: Suck it, food pyramid!
So, my friends, even though it’s a wanker, stick with it. What is 72 hours? You can spend craving-time napping, exercising (gently) or doing something fun that has nothing to do with bagged yellow sponge cakes.
Keep hydrated, eat even when you don’t want to, and be kind to yourself. We’re all in this journey together.