“Will I get angry easily if I skip carbs?”

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How many carbs should I aim for per day to remain weight stable? How can I stop myself from overeating?

These and other questions are answered this week by our food-addiction expert, Bitten Jonsson, RN:

After weight loss?


I have just started keto for weight loss. Sticking to 20 g carbs per day. Once I have reached my target weight, how many carbs should I aim for per day?

Thanks,
Alan

Hi Alan,

Congratulations to cutting carbs. Your question is hard to answer. Our own unique “fuel mix” is something we have to test out ourselves. If you are a sugar addict, you need to be aware that if you start adding carb’s again you will end up with weight gain and cravings and you might relapse back into eating the way you did. Keto is a lifestyle, not an on-off diet. In the meantime, when you eat like this prepare to change your ideas about food forever.

My best,
Bitten

How to not overeat?


Hi, how are you?

I’ve been in ketosis for the past month with a day off here and there where I eat mostly healthy carbs like rice. I’m trying to do the one meal thing but when I break my fast I tend to overeat; especially nuts. I like to mix them with ghee and stevia. I haven’t used sugar for a long time now and I avoid it. I recently came off from fruits as well. I’m doing long fasting at the moment 36 h so far. I want to push it until I get into my goal weight, currently 56 kg. I want to get down to 50 kg or 52 kg. I’m 5’2. I plan on not keeping nuts around so that doesn’t happen to me anymore but is frustrating to feel you don’t have the strength to keep a normal portion of it so I wouldn’t have to remove it completely. I appreciate any insights.

Gracias! From Colombia,
Yuranny

Dear Yuranny,

I understand your frustration. First of all, sugar addiction is not a diet or weight-loss program. It is about a brain illness, a dysregulation in our reward system. Therefore, we need a lot of tools in order to achieve health in the long run. I absolutely advise against fasting for 1½ – 2 years for sugar addicts, while learning not to overeat and maintain being sugar/flour free. Substitutes like keto bread and keto desserts are not for us and most of us can not keep nuts in the house – we will overeat them as snacks. “Pushing it” as you say is like holding a huge pilates ball under the water, eventually your arms get very tired and it will fly up in your face, i.e you’ll relapse. I advise you to start by reading “Food junkies” by Dr. Vera Tarman and Phil Werdell. The new updated version is out now. And welcome to join our support group on Facebook.

Live softly,
Bitten

Can I have a snack, like fruits, in between meals, if so, which ones would be suitable?


I want to know if I can have a snack in between meals or when I am feeling hungry.

Asinate

Hello Asinate,

I don’t touch fruit, there’s way too much sugar for me and back when I did, I ended up more hungry and relapsed back into carb eating many times. First of all, try to eat more at meals so you sustain longer and then if hunger/craving hits, you have some warm fluid (coffee/decaf/tea) and add 1-2 tablespoons coconut oil or ghee to it. That’s my “snack”. You may also use MCT-oil but be careful with that in the beginning, start with a teaspoon and increase slowly as it might give you diarrhea. Do this until you eliminate hunger/cravings between meals.

My best,
Bitten

Will I get angry easily if I skip carbs?


I was once told by a friend that if I skip carbs, I will feel depressed and get angry easily as carbs are said to be a comforter.

Fion

Hello Fion,

Well, you are sure right that carbs act as a comforter. That is why so many people end up being addicted. They act as a psychoactive drug on our reward system. Not on everyone, but some people are more sensitive than others. If you are among those I do not know, but what people talk about is withdrawal like with any other drug. And that will go away. How tough it will be and for how long, is individual, depending on how much and for how long someone ate sugar/flour/processed foods. It is well worth going thru in order to achieve a better health. Most of my clients experience withdrawal in the first three weeks on and off. Here is a list of symptoms people report when detoxing.

  • Tired
  • Restless – wired
  • Headache
  • Migranes
  • Nausea
  • Irritable
  • Nervous
  • Anxiety
  • Confused
  • Concentration problems
  • Joint pain
  • Edema
  • Muscle pain
  • Constipated
  • Diarrhea
  • Perspiration
  • Weakness
  • Shivers
  • Euphoria
  • Depressed
  • Exhausted
  • A runny nose
  • Vomiting
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Dizziness
I advice you to join our support group on Facebook where you will connect with many who have gone thru this and receive many tools how to manage this. They will also tell how they came out on the other side feeling better than ever.

My best,
Bitten

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7 comments

  1. Lois Gitzel
    I also see a prescribing pharmacist every few months and he checks my blood to see how my blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, kidney function, fatty liver, arteries, etc. are doing 😁 He suggests certain vitamins and minerals that I take daily which, along with my weight loss of over 45lbs. (I don’t need to lose anymore weight 🎉) also assures me of the state of what is going on INSIDE me! Also, being post-menapauseal, I also take hormone replacements. I’m very blessed that my family doctor and my pharmacist are both supportive of me and each other. LCHF and Keto is about MUCH MORE than a skinny body! It’s about avoiding heart problems and everything else our skin covers 😉
  2. Sonia Romaih
    I am not fond of "bullet proof" coffee. In my body the mix of caffeine and fat turns into acid of the most painful kind in my stomach and I end up bent over clutching my sides. Is there something else that would do the same?
    Replies: #5, #6
  3. Scotty Mac
    I've been following a low carb diet for two months (between 8-20 carbs per day - was 375 lbs when I started). After 4 days I noticed I had more energy and have felt much better about myself because of that energy. That has put me in a much better mood overall. Only time I felt tired was on Thanksgiving when I went over 20 carbs. Now down 20 pounds, and feeling even better. I may be in the minority, of course....
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  5. Rig
    Try cold brew coffee, less acid & a nice chocolatety taste that you don't get with regular brew.

    I am not fond of "bullet proof" coffee. In my body the mix of caffeine and fat turns into acid of the most painful kind in my stomach and I end up bent over clutching my sides. Is there something else that would do the same?

    I am not fond of "bullet proof" coffee. In my body the mix of caffeine and fat turns into acid of the most painful kind in my stomach and I end up bent over clutching my sides. Is there something else that would do the same?

  6. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor
    If you are using coconut oil or MCT oil, try leaving it out. Coconut oil wreaks havoc with my system. You can make coffee with just butter and heavy cream.
  7. Barbara
    I am looking for alternatives to almond flour and coconut products in your recipes,as i am allergic to both nuts dnd coconuts...can u suggest something please?
    Reply: #8
  8. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    I am looking for alternatives to almond flour and coconut products in your recipes,as i am allergic to both nuts dnd coconuts...can u suggest something please?

    Different recipes may accommodate different substitutes. If there is a good substitute that we have tested, we will make note of it under the recipe.

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