If you are a newcomer to one of the Physicians WEIGHT LOSS Centers’ programs, you may be experiencing some of the following:
I’m hungry. We suggest you: 1) drink more water; 2) try the fiber drinks, which help you feel full; 3) have another protein supplement (you can have up to 4/day) which helps with satiety. (If you’re on PhysiciansFast, then this doesn’t apply to you); 4) Make sure you are not going longer than 4½ – 5 hours without food, either a protein supplement or your meal.
I’m constipated. If you feel bloated or are constipated it’s because you’ve changed your eating habits and your body is adjusting. You need to: 1) drink more water; 2) increase EFA’s (essential fatty acids). If you aren’t taking any you should consider them. Anywhere from 3 to 9 per day will help you; 3) Fiber drinks can help with constipation; 4) Add some mild exercise to your routine.
I’m irregular. Of course you’re peeing like a race horse, but you will notice a slowdown with the digestive tract. That is normal since you don’t have as much waste because you are eating healthier and not eating as much. If you have slowed down but are not bloated or constipated, then you’re experiencing a normal consequence of your diet. If you are feeling bloated or constipated, refer to #2 above!
I have no energy. This, too, shall pass. You may notice this the first week of your program, but it will pass and you will feel more energetic as time goes on. This happens because the body experiences a new condition when a person goes on the low-carbohydrate diet. The more commonly used glucose fuel is no longer available. (The glucose fuel was coming from the unhealthy foods you were eating before your program). The body reacts by dropping the pancreas’ production of insulin and increasing the hormone glucagon. The glucagon draws stored fat reserves in the form of triglycerides for use by the cells as the new energy source (ketosis is beginning). However, the cells are slow to react to this new fuel source, and the individual feels weak or lacking energy. The resistance to burning fatty acids for energy can vary greatly among individuals. Some people feel this weakness, but others pick right up andbtake off with the feeling of greater energy than before.
So hang in there! Your body will adjust to the temporary issues you are experiencing, and once it does, you will FEEL BETTER and MORE ENERGETIC. Why? Because you are fueling your body with the proper nutrients at the proper time. Keep up the good work!