How your body may initially respond
Because you are dramatically altering your daily food regime and changing your basic metabolic processes, the first few days on the Weight Loss Method may be a little bit of a "shock" to your body. Listed below are some of the most common consequences of these changes. Note: The 4 symptoms listed may occur during the first few days only however your body may also react with the same responses later on if you do not follow the protocol as prescribed.
They are only a temporary feeling! (75% of dieters will not have the symptoms)
If you feel hungry during the first few days of the protocol you may eat up to 5 Live life products per day (but only one restricted food). After a few days the hunger should disappear due to the production of “Ketonic Bodies.” Note: If you continue to feel hungry during the protocol review your Food Diary with your Weight-loss consultant to identify where the problem areas are. For example: skipping a meal, not enough vegetables or water, or a little to many carbohydrates, etc. If you are following the protocol correctly you should not be hungry.
Dieters may experience headaches during the first few days on the protocol, especially those who are insulin-resistant or typically had high-carb diets in the past. High levels of insulin tell the kidneys to "hold on to sodium and excrete magnesium and potassium." Upon starting the diet, carbohydrate levels are dramatically reduced and therefore insulin secretion abruptly diminishes. Now the kidneys will function normally and will excrete excess sodium (water follows sodium, so there may be a significant reduction in blood pressure). This can lead to a feeling of 'lightheadedness" or a feeling of dizziness upon standing up (orthostatic hypotension) and of course headaches. Dieters on prescription drugs for hypertension must be advised to watch for these signs and frequently their physicians will have to lower the dosage or discontinue the medication. To remedy this, increase the use of sea-salt and make sure you are getting enough water. Usually a 1/3 of a teaspoonful of sea-salt in 8 ozs. of water will alleviate a headache within 15 minutes. Note: If you experience headaches later in the protocol, it is simply a sign of dehydration, increase your water intake and the headache should pass.
A nauseous feeling is most commonly experienced in dieters who never eat breakfast. It's very simple: if the body is not used to having a morning meal and we, all of a sudden, start having breakfast. Begin with the lighter foods such as our drinks...introduce food slowly. If someone isn't used to eating breakfast suddenly has our pancakes or a nice big omelet, chances are they are not going to feel very good! Feel free to have caffeine the morning. The other common trigger for nausea is an abrupt decrease in sugar intake. Everyone must understand that, through our diet, we are changing fundamental metabolic processes. For years, sometimes decades, a typical diet consisting of a lot of "fast sugars" is consumed. We know these will be used as the first source of energy by the body. Now, if we drastically reduce the intake of these foods, we force the body to turn to other sources of energy (i.e. fat stores). This requires a whole different set of metabolic enzymes and requires the body to "re-tool" its metabolism. In instances where a client feels nauseous, consider perhaps to increase your carb intake" for one week. This will only apply to a very small number of dieters.
There are three primary reasons why a dieter may experience fatigue on the protocol; low blood pressure (hypotension), low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and an imbalance in blood electrolytes (magnesium, sodium and potassium). All of these issues can be quickly corrected.
Low Blood Pressure: When carbohydrates are greatly restricted, our pancreas greatly reduces the amount of insulin it secretes. High levels of insulin tell the kidneys to "hold on to sodium" and because of this, we also retain a lot of water. Under insulin's influence the kidneys also excrete too much magnesium and potassium. When we lower the insulin level, the kidneys now function normally and much excess sodium and water are rapidly eliminated. This can cause a drop in blood pressure and a feeling of fatigue can result. This is particularly pronounced if the dieter is taking a prescription diuretic ("water pill").Should one experience this, make sure to use the sea-salt liberally and increase the amount of water taken daily.
Low Blood Sugar: In the beginning of the protocol, when we reduce the amounts of carbohydrates we consume, our body's first source of energy is suddenly decreased. It takes a few days for our other biochemical processes to come "on-line" which will provide a steady amount of "fuel" for our cells (i.e. gluconeogenesis, lipolysis). Consequently if our blood sugar suddenly becomes lower than what our system is used to, we feel tired. To remedy this, you may consume up to 5 packets of our products per day DURING THE FIRST WEEK. For example, if one feels tired around 10:00 AM, have a protein drink /shake. The dieter may take 1/2 of a bar. After the first week if one feels fatigued, it is usually because they are consuming too many carbohydrates...prompting an insulin spike which will then cause "reactive hypoglycemia" (low blood sugar). Should this occur, the dieter should review his / her food diary with their "weight loss coach".
Electrolyte Imbalance: The two most common problems here are low sodium and low potassium. If the first two issues have been addressed and fatigue still persists, the dieter should increase their potassium to 2 tablets per day for a couple of days and again, use the sea-salt liberally.
The following may also occur during the protocol:
- Muscle Cramps -
These are signs of lack of Sodium and/or Potassium. Remember to always take supplements and minerals as directed. Should a dieter complain of leg cramps (which tend to occur at night) tell them to double up on their potassium supplements for about 3 or 4 days.
- Bad Breath –
Having bad breath is a good sign! Bad breathe occurs when the body is in “Ketosis” and produces “Ketonic Bodies.” This means that the body has exhausted its carbohydrates supply and is burning its fat reserves to produce energy.
- Constipation –
If you are not having a bowel movement every day, increase your water and vegetables intake in addition to unlimited green salads. If constipation persists for 2 days, ADD one tablespoon of Citrate of Magnesia twice a day until relieved. A maintenance dose of one teaspoon once or twice a day may be used to maintain regularity. This product can be found in any grocery store or pharmacy in the laxative section. It is very inexpensive and very effective. If the client notes that they are prone to constipation; you may be well advised to take a "preemptive measure" and recommend they add a couple of teaspoons of Citrate of Magnesia per day.