Have you ever had the flu? Some people that go paleo are confused by flulike symptoms the first 5 to 7 days of this eating plan. This is known as the “carb flu”, so named because your restricted carbohydrate intake produces symptoms that mirror influenza. This means fatigue, muscle aches and chills, nausea, sore throat or a congestion in the head may develop during the first week of adopting a paleo eating approach. Understanding this going in can keep you from being concerned that something bad is happening to your body. It is also important that you know that this will only last 5-7 days and then you will begin to truly feel the positive effects of eating this way. Below are some of the things you should expect when starting your paleo journey.
You Might Be Hungry … Really Hungry
Paleo foods are high in nutrition and low in carbohydrates and calories, in most cases. This means you could find yourself ravenously hungry throughout the day. If this happens, eat some fruit, because fruit is higher in healthy fat and calories than a lot of meat or vegetables. Make sure you take in healthy fat and protein in each meal, because proteins and fats keep you feeling full longer.
Don’t Look for Miracle Results Early On
A lot of people go paleo to lose some quick weight. This can definitely happen. You could drop anywhere from 10 to 20 or more pounds in 30 days, and enjoy other health rewards as well. However, the first 3 days or so, don’t expect to see any miracle health results. You actually may feel lethargic, out of energy and experience the flulike symptoms mentioned earlier. Don’t give up, good things are around the corner.
Stay Near a Bathroom
You are going to be making frequent restroom or bathroom trips in the first 7 days of this healthy eating plan. This is because your body is detoxing, pushing dangerous and harmful poisons, toxins and waste material out of your body. That is a good thing.
Fighting Cravings Will Be Difficult
You will start craving your favorite non-paleo foods … sometimes almost to the point of giving in. Don’t let that happen. This is your body’s way of fighting what you’re doing, because it is not used to this type of eating. You are doing a great thing for your body and your health. Hang in there, fight the cravings, and as soon as you get over any flulike symptoms you may experience, at the end of your first week on a paleo challenge you are going to be feeling great.