Day 1 of Induction to jump-start a lower carbohydrate eating plan is always kind of fun. Note I say "lower", instead of "low", because I'm a believer that one's nutrition should be tailored to activity level. At present, my activity is slow jogging, swimming, cycling, with moderate weightlifting. My injured shoulder precludes a lot of the intensity I'd like to bring to each sport, so I'm really not exhausting my glycogen stores.
Anyway, yeah, it's a special sort of "fun".
A lot of people describe the first three days of Induction like having the flu. It's an appropriate comparison! I always tend to get loose stools, be irritable, have headaches, feel as if I'm running a low-grade fever, and feel very low on energy those first three days. This time around, I decided to try to accelerate the process through exercise and a little targeted caffeine usage! Seems to be working; I'm feeling a lot better on Day Two.
Livestrong is showing about 400 more calories than the macronutrients would suggest. That is usually a sure sign that someone messed up in the input for a food. Looking back at yesterday's food log, it sure looks like the dressing, chicken legs, and hamburger counts may not line up correctly. I have used The Daily Plate for many years, but these kinds of discrepancies often make me wonder if I should try a new utility.
Feeling like crap is par for the course the first few days I'm on any new eating regimen, but low-carb is particularlly brutal. I mitigated it with two cups of coffee and a Diet Coke, but was definitely ready for bed by 9PM.
Going for a run on Day 1, and a swim the morning of Day 2, seem to really help with getting past the carb cravings earlier. I usually have the cravings through Day 3 at least, but exercise seems to have put those to bed. I chalk it up to burning through some of my stores of glycogen quicker so I'm not suffering insulin fluctuations.
Sneak preview of Day 2: Low-carb's famous "water weight" loss is definitely swinging for me already. 237.8 on Day 1, 232. on Day 2. The first 3-7 pounds is mostly "water weight" for anybody on a low-carb eating regimen, and should be ignored (glycogen is an energy storage food that's basically a mixture of glucose and water). That said, a shrunken liver and reduced glycogen storage in your cells does make many people feel "thinner" even if the body fat remains unchanged. A loss of five pounds in the first twenty-four hours is unusual; I chalk it up to my cardio. Expecting to feel the "bonk" in my training efforts here within the next few days, but no loss of strength/motivation/stamina yet.