Ask an expert
Question

15 Sep 2009

Atkins
Hi Doc, I have been on the Atkins diet now for nearly 3 weeks, i sometimes have a cheat day on a Sunday, i have lost weight, it works, BUT...i feel so awful, sometimes it feels as if i can not even get out of bed, everyone is commenting on how tired i look, could this be from the Atkins diet?
Answer 379 views
Expert
DietDoc
DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Atkins
Yes I know that the Atkins or the high-protein, high-fat diet works, but it does exact a great toll on the body. By cutting out all or practically all carbs you are preventing your body access to the best source of rapidly available energy. This is why you feel and look so tired - no energy. If you consider that the Tour de France cyclists obtain 70% of their energy (and they sure use a lot of energy) from carbs then you can imagine that cutting out carbs is going to make you feel pretty tired. Luckily most people don't stay on the Atkins diet for long, so once you get back to eating a balanced diet that contains carbs (which are not fattening if eaten in moderation and without piling fats like mayonnaise, butter, etc, on them), then you will feel better again.
Best regards
DietDoc
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical examination, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.
Voting Booth
Have you entered our Health of the Nation survey?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes
33% - 9321 votes
No
67% - 18652 votes
Vote