Atkins Update - the first five days

posted Jan 11, 2003

Today is the fifth day of being on the Atkins diet, so how is it going?

The second and third day really sucked, but that's partially my fault. The book mentions that you can experience lightheadedness and headaches on those days, and recommends that you go ahead and up the carbohydrate count, rather then feel bad. Regrettably, I forgot about that section until it was basically too late.

I feel fine now, however; not exactly bursting with energy on the one hand, but on the other, for the first time in months or possibly even years I got up quite naturally at around 7:30 am, which is as much as 3 to 4 hours earlier then I normally get up. In fact I couldn't even stay asleep if I wanted to.

Of course there is a question about whether it's the diet or the vitamins it strongly recommends taking. It's always difficult to conduct any sort of scientific study on one's self.

It's too soon to know if I've lost any weight, as anything that would have been lost by now would be swamped by daily normal fluctuations, but getting up early naturally was worth reporting. The real question is whether this will last; many changes in the past have temporarily "fixed" my sleep cycle, but in a matter of days I'm back to normal. Will this last? And will I be able to stay awake all day, rather then getting up earilier and paying it back later? Only time will tell.


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