Posted: 26/10/2016 at 11:49
I was completely addicted to sugar and carbs. I think I have kicked the sugar and bread habits now. Its staggering how much sugar I was consuming before even in 'good' foods and I am completely shocked by how little I really needed to carb load or fuel a ride with sugar.
I do have an issue though that i would appreciate some opinions on. Has anyone else found their chest and breathing become quite heavy at times of inactivity? By “heavy” I mean I am sometimes very aware of my breathing, it feels a little shallow at times and I have also experienced some light headedness. There are no chest pains or anything – its just a feeling of slightly struggling to take each breath in fully. Ive had this in bouts since beginning the diet and I know from doing 5:2 before this that dizziness can happen during the adaption – but the feeling of shortness of breath has worried me.
I occasionally feel as if my heart rate is up too…. But when measured my resting heart rate is pretty stable still (around 55 -60bpm) and bizarrely I feel no issues when working out, on long rides or short harder efforts. My heart rate on the bike during efforts and recovery is normal and I have no breathing worries.
I have done some reading on this and it seems common in KETO and the solution people mention is to consume more sodium/magnesium. Since last week I have started adding salt to everything and taking 400g of magnesium per day. I have definitely noticed an improvement but again today I feel slightly unsatisfied with each breath while sat at my desk – its quite an odd feeling and I am now not sure if im imagining it or becoming fixated on it now?
Anyone else experienced similar? I have made a docs appointment as I would like to be checked professionally but no surprise – its 3 weeks away.
I am nearing the end of a 2 week test - NO carbs and NO sugar. It's made me think about my whole way of eating. Like you TREJ, I got by on eating lots of sugar and carbs - probably in every single meal. I would fuel up before a bike ride, snack on the ride and then eat/drink milkshake when I returned. During the test I've only been doing low intensity workouts, but done 2x2.5 hour bike rides on just water and have survived - felt fine. I feel a lot better in myself while doing this test and it will definitely make me eat PROPER meals, including dinner. Quite often dinner would be a cup of tea and some biscuits. I still crave sweet things in the evening, but thankfully my willpower is strong and I substitute it with some baby cherry tomatoes. After the test I look forward to introducing the odd bit of good quality dark chocolate, milk, yoghurt, fruit, sweet potato and wild rice. Haven't really missed anything else.
Definitely lost weight, but I seriously don't need to lose it, so it's important to me to have some carbs back. I plan to eat 1 meal a day which has carbs but I know there will be times when I will have the odd piece of cake (not everyday like I used to).
As for the breathing, the past 2 mornings when on the train I have experienced the exact same thing. Feels like I can't take a full breath and breathing is quite shallow. Very unsettling. If I knew what asthma felt like I would probably think it is similar. Goes after an hour, but very strange. I take it I need to add a magnesium supplement?