Low Carb and Body Soreness
 Low Carb and Body Soreness , 03-07-2009 04:40 PM


Expert Low-Carber


Hello Everyone!

My husband is now doing low carb and has lost quite a bit of weight. He is elated and in that whole "I'm shocked this works" phase.

However, he is now complaining of muscle soreness (entire body).

There are two possible factors.

One, we have a new puppy and we need to wake up once in the middle of the night to take him potty. So, I'm wondering if that factors in with sleep disruption/muscle soreness.

Two, he takes a diuretic so, we are wondering about potassium loss.

He is going to the MD for his annual check up soon. We'll have his potassium level checked for reassurance. We'll also add a potassium supplement to his "diet" also.

However, I was hoping all of you with more experience have heard of this before? If I recall correctly, Atkins mentions low carb and potassium loss.

Thanks!

~Danielle

"Never eat more than you can lift."
--Miss Piggy
RE: Low Carb and Body Soreness , 03-07-2009 04:54 PM


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Never heard of muscle soreness like this just from eating a low-carb diet. Maybe it's just the achy feeling from "Induction flu"...I bet it will be gone very soon.

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RE: Low Carb and Body Soreness , 03-07-2009 05:00 PM


Expert Low-Carber


Jimmy,

How long does the induction flu last? He has been low carbing for over a month - although not VLC as in not induction level. He probably eats more than 30 grams daily but, still pretty low compared to previous low carb.

Thank you.

~Danielle

"Never eat more than you can lift."
--Miss Piggy
RE: Low Carb and Body Soreness , 03-07-2009 05:03 PM


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It could last as much as 6-8 weeks in some people, Danielle...just have him push through it. Let us know how he's doing.

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RE: Low Carb and Body Soreness , 03-07-2009 05:14 PM


Expert Low-Carber


Thanks!

He thinks he is eating about 40 grams daily. He'll push on and I'll keep you updated.

~Danielle

"Never eat more than you can lift."
--Miss Piggy
RE: Low Carb and Body Soreness , 03-07-2009 05:18 PM


Senior Low-Carber


I had terrible body aches and soreness for weeks a few weeks into eating low-carb. I was lifting weights, but the soreness seemed excessive and lingering. I did some googling, discovered potassium loss as a possible culprit, began taking a potassium supplement, and the aches quickly went away.
RE: Low Carb and Body Soreness , 03-07-2009 05:27 PM


Senior Low-Carber


Kali and I agree....I was achy too until I took a Potassium supplement. Just a thought (especially since he's already taking a diuretic).
RE: Low Carb and Body Soreness , 03-07-2009 05:51 PM


Moderator


I would have his doctor reevaluate whether he even needs the diuretic. Low carb is a HUGE diuretic on it's own.
RE: Low Carb and Body Soreness , 03-07-2009 06:44 PM


Expert Low-Carber


Do not take a potassium supplement without talking to the Dr. Some Diuretics have what is called a potassium sparing effect and taking a potassium supplement in addition could have dire effects up to death. The thiazides such as hydrochlorathiazide etc. increase insulin production, so be careful that your meds do not raise insulin.

"Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test
first, the lesson afterwards."

Vernon Sanders Law


RE: Low Carb and Body Soreness , 03-07-2009 08:22 PM


Moderator


Good point Rozi.

For what it's worth, I just found out potassium supplements are really really weak. One average size banana contains more than 4 times as much in a potassium supplement. I'll never buy potassium supplements again when I finish this bottle.
RE: Low Carb and Body Soreness , 03-07-2009 11:39 PM


Expert Low-Carber


If he is suddenly drinking sugar free sodas sweetened with Equal that could be the problem, they didn't affect me that way but my husband really was delighted with his lack of soreness when he quit them. The difference was night and day! He still thanks me for alerting him that aspartame could do that.

"Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test
first, the lesson afterwards."

Vernon Sanders Law


RE: Low Carb and Body Soreness , 03-08-2009 02:23 AM


Expert Low-Carber



I was going to suggest potassium and/or magnesium depletion.
RE: Low Carb and Body Soreness , 03-08-2009 02:24 AM


Expert Low-Carber



For what it's worth, I just found out potassium supplements are really really weak. One average size banana contains more than 4 times as much in a potassium supplement. I'll never buy potassium supplements again when I finish this bottle.
Avocados surpasses bananas in potassium content and they are low carb.
RE: Low Carb and Body Soreness , 03-08-2009 07:25 PM


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For what it's worth, I just found out potassium supplements are really really weak. One average size banana contains more than 4 times as much in a potassium supplement. I'll never buy potassium supplements again when I finish this bottle.
Avocados surpasses bananas in potassium content and they are low carb.
Thanks. I love avocados

...not a big fan of my potassium supplements anymore though.
RE: Low Carb and Body Soreness , 03-08-2009 09:55 PM


Expert Low-Carber


I'll second the potassium and magnesium depletion/imbalance.

Also, MSM is a wonderful supplement for muscle soreness.

Mackay Rippey

Has your weight loss stalled because your body clock is out of sync?
RE: Low Carb and Body Soreness , 03-09-2009 11:44 AM


Expert Low-Carber


Thank you everyone for the great answers.

He is not taking a potassium sparing drug - pretty positive anyway (lisinopril HCT). Please correct me if I'm wrong.

We did purchase a potassium supplement.

He is going to our GP shortly for his yearly checkup, which he postponed by a few months to try and lose weight - in order to lower his BP and get off the hypertensive meds. We have a blood pressure cuff/machine so, I'll have him monitor it more closely in the next few days. I'll make sure the MD also checks his potassium/magnesium levels.

Thank you so much - HUGS!

~Danielle

"Never eat more than you can lift."
--Miss Piggy
RE: Low Carb and Body Soreness , 03-09-2009 01:42 PM


Expert Low-Carber


"Do not use salt substitutes or potassium supplements while taking hydrothlorothiazide and lisinopril, unless your doctor has told you to."

It does say this in the product information on line.

"Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test
first, the lesson afterwards."

Vernon Sanders Law


RE: Low Carb and Body Soreness , 03-10-2009 01:46 PM


Expert Low-Carber


My understanding is that it is not a potassium sparing diuretic. I have spoken to the doctor and he ok'd the potassium. I found this on the net about HCT: "This drug may reduce the potassium levels in your blood. Ask your doctor about increasing the amount of potassium in your diet (e.g., bananas, orange juice) or about using a salt substitute containing potassium. A potassium supplement may be prescribed by your doctor."

Now, I am confused - LOL.

Thanks for the information.

~Danielle

"Never eat more than you can lift."
--Miss Piggy
RE: Low Carb and Body Soreness , 03-10-2009 01:48 PM


Expert Low-Carber


Wait - lisinopril is potassium sparing not the HCT.

Good grief!

I'll speak again to the doctor.

Thanks!

~Danielle

"Never eat more than you can lift."
--Miss Piggy