I like the high fat because it DOES keep me feeling full, whereas high protein does not. I also don't mind cooking but do not want to do it for every meal, hence the protein shakes idea. They say they have 0 carbs and 0 sugars, so I thought they might be okay. BUT... I know that if it seems to good to be true....it probably is!
So, my idea was to just start eating low carb. Not really any set diet. But, I knew that I wanted to do a higher fat since it was keeping me full. I can binge like nobody's business! So, what I'm looking for are along these lines.. high fat, something simple/easy on the cooking because I'm all about convenience and I want it to be healthy for me. Any ideas?
I'm wanting to weigh between 130-135. I would be happy at 135. I am 5'5" and I started out at 153 pounds. Yesterday, I was down to 147.6. Today, I'm at 148.6. (probably the protein shakes?) I'm in no hurry to get to that number but I also don't want it to take forever, either. I want to feel better than what I have felt these last four days, that's for sure! I do think I'm starting to feel less tired but the leg cramps have still not went away. That is one reason I ate two cups of broccoli yesterday. I also took a 99 mg Potassium pill. Probably should take a few more but I do not like messing with something that can damage my heart.
As for exercise.. I generally walk 2 miles per day. If it's cold, I do not force myself to go. Spring is upon us, so I will be back to my regular schedule.
Hope this helps.
You are in the toughest part right now. Your body has to switch from burning glucose to burning fat. That is the purpose of the induction phase. To starve it of the sugar you were using, so it has no choice but to use fat. There is usually some delay in your body being efficient at using fat, which is why people go through the "Atkins Flu." It takes different enzymes in our bodies to extract the nutrients we need from fat instead of carbohydrates. So it will take a couple weeks for your body to produce enough of those new enzymes needed.
Your body hasn't been producing as many of the fat utilizing enzymes as you now require, so be prepared to feel a little lethargic/headaches/etc... until you get through the first couple of weeks to a month. This is likely why you've only made it 4 days into a low carb diet in the past. That is not important now. What is important is that you make it further than 4 days this time. Focus on succeeding this time.
Following a specific plan in the first month can be helpful to answer questions you have. For instance, if you were going to simply lower your carbs, but you had chosen 60g as the magic number, your body might still try and use glucose for energy (even though you wouldn't be supplying enough) and the Atkins flu could last months before your body figured out how to utilize fat for energy.
As far as cramps, it could be a Potassium deficiency, or it could be a Magnesium deficiency. Try soaking your feet in a warm bath of epsom salts (Magnesium Sulfate). That should help with cramps because the correct amount of Magnessium will be absorbed through your pores. Potassium supplements aren't especially powerful. You could eat half of an avocado and get more potassium than by taking several Potassium pills, and it is lower in carbs/sugar and higher in fat than bananas, so it will keep you full and not stimulate your appetite.
As far as feeling deprived, your hormones (dopamine, serotonin, etc) are likely out of balance if you haven't been supplying your body with the raw materials it uses to make them (fat, cholesterol). The cravings will subside once you break through this wall. Induction isn't fun, but it is necessary and worth it.
Try and eat food that is closer to its origin. There is low carb processed food to eat in a pinch, but try to make low starch veggies, cheese, eggs, meats the staples of your "diet." Maybe try a hard boiled egg instead of or with a protein shake. Or some brocolli with spinach dip.
As far as any other supplements, I take 3 spoftgels of vitamin D3 and 3 softgels of fish oil every morning. It may help you as well.
Exercise is good. You may want to focus on your food changes for right now until you get used to utilizing fat for energy. It doesn't make much sense to deprive your body of the food you've been using AND to increase the amount of work you are making it do at the same time.
Once you get used to low carb, you won't want to go back to how you were eating. Congratulations on taking the next step to good health. We are here for you.