Originally Posted by All Hail C-Webb
Had you done a lot of research before trying low carb? Why did you decide to try it?
I don't know if you were able to enter ketosis when just dropping to 50g of carbs a day, but with the issues you mentioned, you might have.
Salt intake is very important on Ketosis, you do not get enough of it, and Ketosis dehydrates you on top of it. I have liquid electrolytes and a sodium pill that I often take.
Low blood pressure and low blood sugar are also dangerous. My wife went from pre-diabetes to a morning blood sugar of 70. Even if she doesn't feel like it, she knows she needs to eat in the morning. So she has her butter drink (yes, butter drink) ready for each morning, and that keeps her level from getting too low before her next meal.
It is also time consuming, and expensive to eat this way.
All that being said; if you have a purpose for trying ketosis, and you do all the research, it can be extremely beneficial and worth the early effort.
Just noticed, Ketosis comes up as a misspelled word. Empire, my ass.
Originally Posted by Amikami
That sounds terrifying. It's really important to do your research and talk to a dietrician, especially when you have conditions already. Low carbs causes a large reduction in electrolytes (salts, potassium, magnesium) and considering you already have low sodium, it looks like it caused a bad reaction. On keto, it's very important to 1) stay hydrated, and 2) keep you're electrolytes up because you lose a lot, expecially in the early stages. We often fuel up on broths and make what we call ketorade which is literally home made gatorade/electrolyte drink without the sugar. some choice sodium and potassium supplements. All of that said, I don't blame you for never wanting to try it again. You have to do what works for you.
Thank you both for your replies! Now that I'm home on my PC and not on mobile I'll add some more detail. I want to say I did my fair amount of research for a couple weeks before I decided to start, looking at the potential benefits of it, what foods and things like that. As for the reason why I decided to try a low carb diet is that while I'm a healthy weight and overall fairly happy with my body, not perfect but content, the one area I am a little bit unhappy with is my stomach as I still have a little bit of belly fat. Having tried simply dieting more with calorie restricting/heavy daily walking I grew fed up as all I managed to do was lose what very little upper body muscle I have and make my ribcage ever more prominent and slightly shrink my breasts all while having no real change in belly fat so it was bleh.
I read that a low carb diet can potentially be highly effective in reducing that fat in particular so I wanted to give it a try. Ketosis was something I read about quite a bit before I started my low carb attempt but I'm unsure if I ever did reach it. Getting adequate sodium intake during my low carb attempt certainly was a challenge and getting minimum calories was hard because I don't like dairy very much at all. Butter I don't like much and rarely ever use on anything, cheese I can only tolerate on a few things and not much of it, yogurt I don't like, Mayo I despise, salad dressings, sour creams and similar stuff are all things I dislike as well. Eggs I can only tolerate occasionally and only scrambled. All the above really made getting adequate calories/fat intake very hard during my low carb attempt. I also am fairly low income and my food budget for an entire month is little over $100 so that also makes it that much harder.
I do make sure to stay properly hydrated though, I drink around 12-14 cups of plain water a day and have been doing it for over a year now. I take a magnesium supplement daily and while currently I try to keep my intake of processed food to a minimum like I mentioned above I don't watch my sodium intake and usually add table salt to things as I require more of it to help with the hypotension. My doctor has actually suggested drinking Gatorade daily to help with electrolyte balance.
That event was certainly the most scariest thing I've experienced in my life. I don't remember how long I was out for and don't remember the fall itself I just heard a loud crash then regained consciousness sometime afterwards on the floor, heartbeat probably close to 200 bpm, barely able to breath, vision extremely blurry, crawling on the floor because I couldn't stand at all and thinking I was going to die while I struggled to crawl to my phone to try and call medical help, not fun >_<
Since then I essentially have just been eating what I mentioned in my first post and not really dieting anymore, staying hydrated, getting my 25g of fiber daily and eating various food groups. My carb intake is still probably low even though I dont count I'd say around 150g a day on average.