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[quote]Originally posted by lattimer:
I was eating low fat meats, like chicken and fish. I tried to stay under 10g a day, usually much less, but 10 as a guide. I was on it for a couple weeks last year and i lost quite a bit of weight, however I had problems sticking to it after that. I recently did it for a week and half or so, stopping about 2 weeks ago. Since then I have just watched what I eat

That explains why you were having a tough time with the low carb diet. You were limiting your fat intake - that's a no-no, you probably weren't eating any vegetables if you were only eating 10 grams of carbs, and you only stuck with it for 2 weeks tops. You never got out of the carb withdrawl phase and likely never got your fat burning enzymes in gear. It takes time to shift from a metabolism that relies primarily on carbohydrates to one that relies primarily on fats for fuel. Which low carb plan were you following? Or were you following one? Even on Dr. Atkins plan during the induction phase (<20 grams of carbs/day) he recommends 2-4 servings of low carb vegetables per day.

Another thing, with your carb intake that low you probably lost quite a bit of excess fluid, i.e. water weight. Along with that water you will lose electrolytes, potassium being of prime concern. If your potassium level gets too low that will cause fatique and dizzyness. You should supplement at least 400 mg of potassium per day during the first month or so of a low carb diet until your body gets adjusted to the new way of eating.